What do Emmitt Smith and Justine Tuck have in common with the Peanuts Game? They are all featured singing on a new rendition of the National Anthem released by MetLife that has a Sports Techie community look and feel to it. Not exactly sure what goes through the head of our 8-month old when he watches the YouTube video below but something tells me from the look in his eyes that he already likes NFL football stars and Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy, and Linus and Peppermint Paddy, and all the others characters as much as I did or perhaps even more because he was born into this fast developing digital age. I hope you enjoy this Sports Techie community blog as you get ready for Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos hosted at MetLife Stadium and get goose bumps when the National Anthem is sang in real-time for the world to enjoy.
MetLife: “National Anthem with Football Stars”
Check out more behind the scene photos of football stars Emmitt Smith, Justin Tuck, Nick Mangold, Greg Jennings, Eddie George, and Josh Brown singing the national anthem at MetLife on Facebook.
MetLife Stadium will host the first-ever outdoor cold-weather Super Bowl in NFL history on February 2, 2014. April of 2010, MetLife Stadium opened its doors as the first building owned and operated by two iconic NFL franchises, the New York Football Giants and the New York Jets. MetLife Stadium is 2.1 million square feet – double the size of its predecessor, Giants Stadium.
MetLife Stadium is one of the NFL’s most technologically advanced stadiums. With over 2,200 HDTVs and four 18’x 130’ high-definition LED video boards in each corner of the seating bowl, fans are presented a great view of the game from any angle in the building. A 360 degree ribbon board measuring approximately four feet high by more than 1,800 feet long wraps the inner seating bowl. Twenty 12mm HD LED video pylons ranging in size from 20’ x 40’ to 20’ x 60’ flank each entry gate around the stadium perimeter.
MetLife Stadium will feature the most connectivity ever at a Super Bowl due to a series of comprehensive cellular and Wi-Fi upgrades at the start of the 2013 NFL season that increased capacity and overall coverage. Over 800 individual antennas (DAS – Distributed Antennae Systems) have been installed throughout the building, providing unparalleled cellular coverage. The recent Wi-Fi upgrades have increased the number of Wi-Fi access point throughout the building to 850, up from 622. For internet connectivity, the Stadium has provisioned four times the bandwidth of the previous Super Bowl in New Orleans.
Through a building-wide Wi-Fi system, the stadium is able to provide unique fan experiences as well as sponsor and team based loyalty activations. Additionally free Wi-Fi is available to the public throughout the stadium.
Sports Techie, I especially like how this MetLife video below has only Peanuts Gang characters in it. Schroder as usual nails the piano part of the National Anthem. The videos uses simple animation that adds an element of trust across all generations of fans. The views from the press box, stadium tunnel and with the U.S. flag flying at the end of the video impacted me and my family in a good way.
MetLife: “National Anthem with Peanuts (:30)”
Cheers to MetLife Stadium for setting the industry standard for sustainability and green initiatives. The stadium has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a leading venue in carbon, energy, water, and solid waste reduction. The stadium has been credited with a reduction in its carbon footprint of 250,650 MTCO2e (Metric Ton Carbon Dioxide Equivalent) or the equivalent of the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 49,147 vehicles.
In anticipation of Super Bowl XLVIII, MetLife Stadium has partnered with Americaneagle.com to design a brand-new, responsive website, metlifestadium.com. The new design puts the fan experience first, offering the user a quick look at upcoming sporting events, concerts, news, multimedia, and social media updates. The new site works seamlessly from a desktop to a tablet or mobile device. The new MetLife Stadium website also allows users to quickly and easily find stadium information, and share it on their social networks.
Watch the Big Game on an iPad tablet, desktop computers and laptops with the Fox Sports Go app or on your browser at FoxSportsGo.com. The live web stream will be available free to anyone with an Internet connection beginning at 9 a.m. PST on Sunday, Feb. 2, and will also include seamless access to the NFL Spanish-language broadcast. In order to watch the big game live on your smartphone you have to be a Verizon customer and spend $5 per month for the premium version of the NFL Mobile app which is worth it.
I am interested in knowing who you think has the best singing skills and honey voice. I thought Brown’s tenor was hard to beat but Jennings and George held their own. Of course, having met Tuck in 2012 at the Global Sports Forum, I vote for Justin as the best National Anthem crooner for MetLife. Please share your favorite at the bottom of this blog or via the Sports Techie social media network links below.
The Hawks and Broncos are getting ready to play a historical Super Bowl 48 at MetLife Stadium, I hope the National Anthem version sung by Renée Fleming will bring the 12thman out in everyone like the NFL Stars in this video by MetLife does. Enjoy the SuperBowl 48 second screen experience on your TV, smartphones and tablets, and remember what Nick Mangold said best, “A very special winter welcome from MetLife.”
MetLife and the Peanuts gang welcome the world to MetLife Stadium on February 2nd. Game on.
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