FanCam coming to 2011 Final Four
INDIANAPOLIS -- More than 76,000 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship fans will have a chance to prove they were present at college basketball’s biggest event on April 4, 2011, when the NCAA FanCam comes to Reliant Stadium for the National Championship game.
Fans will need to be in their seats by 8 p.m. CT, which is prior to the tip of Monday night’s championship game because at that time, an ultra-high-def, 5 billion pixel panoramic image will be taken at centercourt.
This 360-degree, high-definition image will capture Reliant Stadium in its entirety. The image takes between 5-7 minutes to shoot. Fans will be able to “step inside” the panoramic image and look around, as if they were standing at center court for a frozen moment of time just before the tip of the highly anticipated game.
The resolution of 5 billion pixels is so high that fans will be able to zoom in to find themselves or friends, “tag” themselves in the photo, and share via email, Facebook and Twitter. Fans can even cruise around Reliant Stadium to see who else was part of the 73rd NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
Fans can follow updates on NCAA.com and the NCAA Official March Madness Facebook page, and will be notified on those sites once the picture is available for “tagging” on Wednesday, April 6.
Following the game, fans will have the ability to purchase a one-of-a-kind 360-degree panoramic photo from the NCAA Photo Store, powered by the Durham-based company Replay Photos. Fans will also be offered the opportunity to place their picture on the scoreboard at Reliant Stadium and purchase as a print, custom framed photo or photo on canvas.
The NCAA Men’s Final Four is the first national championship to utilize this cutting-edge technology and offer this interactive photo to its fans and ticket holders. The Pittsburgh Steelers, the Indianapolis Colts and Duke University have offered the FanCam experience to theirrespective fan bases.
Most recently, the Pittsburgh Steelers FanCam captured the crowd at Heinz Field before the AFC Championship game on January 23, 2011. Click here to see an example of the Steelers FanCam.