Hoosier Hysteria to be first college sporting event broadcast in virtual reality

  • 10/22/2015 1:52 pm in

In June, Indiana athletics announced it received a gift of $5 million from Mark Cuban to create a “first-of-its-kind, cutting-edge, student-focused video, broadcasting and technology center.”

The Cuban Center is scheduled to be become fully operational in the spring of 2017 in conjunction with renovations to Assembly Hall.

But this Saturday at Hoosier Hysteria, IU basketball fans will get their first opportunity for a hands on experience with some of the technology that will be prominent in the center, which is expected to have a major impact on sports media, broadcasting and analytics on campus.

Inside the Hall has learned that Hoosier Hysteria will be the first athletic event ever on a college campus to be broadcast in virtual reality.

There will be five Samsung GearVR stations set up at the north end of Assembly Hall beginning at 6 p.m. in which fans will be able to put on headsets and be able to experience what it’s like to be on the floor in a fully immersive experience.

The experience will only be available to fans in attendance.

It will be recorded so that both the men’s and women’s program can use it in the future for recruiting purposes. The production is being handled by the Cuban Center in partnership with BigLook360.

Doors open on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET with the IU women’s team taking the court at 6:30 p.m. ET.

IU graduate and E! News personality Catt Sadler will emcee this year’s event. Admission is free, but fans are encouraged to bring a canned good and donate it to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

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  • straight no chaser

    Wow, interesting technology! Can it be used for players to revisit a game? So that players are not only watching film but being inside it in 3D? And how much value will this add to the teaching/learning experience for both coaches and players?

  • GaHoosier

    What an awesome recruiting tool.

    I have walked onto the court at Assembly Hall, but I would love to see it from a player perspective during Hoosier Hysteria.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Totally agree. I stepped onto the court for the first and only time last year after a game. I can remember my heart racing as I was walking down the steps. When I actually stepped onto the court and looked up at the emptying seats, I got goosebumps all over (like I had just taken a shot of well tequila). I can’t even imagine it as a player/recruit when the house is rockin. I’d probably just end up passing out lol

  • Andrew

    I have seen that football teams are using virtual reality for game planning. For instance, quarterbacks put on the virtual head set and make play adjustments and calls based on what they see. It is a great tool so I would assume players will be able to use the technology to review game film

  • IURob1997

    It is. Stanford is using VR tech to train their QBs to help read defenses

  • marcusgresham

    Can they use that technology to allow you to be Mark Cuban in the “Hold the Line” commercial?

  • Hoosier84

    During my 4 years I spent attending IU I got to play on assembly halls court 10-15 times after hours with managers, practice squad guys, etc. I always dreamt about what it would feel like as a kid and it never disappointed. I’ve only been on the court once since then for the IU North Carolina game and I crave that feeling still. Can’t wait to see what this new technology is like!

  • IUBizmark

    “Yes Rawle, you could go to IU. I hear being on Branch McCrackin Court makes you feel like you just did a shot of well Tequila.”
    – Opposing coaches everywhere

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Literally lol’d. If you’re a recruit, how could you say no, right?!? For a recruit, the virtual reality experience has to be second best to the experience of a non-virtual “side deal.” LOL

  • hardly

    ‘broadcast’ may be a bit strong of a term – after reading the headline I was pretty stoked. but maybe ‘recorded’ is a better term. cool that IU is leading the charge in this area.

  • I wonder if they could do VR
    ‘call girls’.. Now what would be the harm in that? I mean it’d be like having the experience, without actually having the experience.. No whores on campus, Ricky????