Future Perfect Podcast: The Playbook For A Smartphone-Friendly Mercedes-Benz Stadium
If you're a fan of next-level sports facilities, the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium now under construction in downtown Atlanta offers up some championship-worthy design and technology.
A fly-through video posted by the Atlanta Falcons in January shows off the promise: the camera soars over a computer-generated field and stands, across luxuriously-designed clubs, lounges and skyboxes. The hole in the roof opens like a camera's lens, and directly underneath that hole is what AMB Sports and Entertainment chief technology officer Jared Miller calls "the halo board," a massive, circular, 60,000 square-foot video display.
But you know what will happen once sports fans are able to finally watch their Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC or other teams play in this dazzling stadium: They'll spend an inordinate amount of time glued to their 5-inch smartphone screens.
It's Miller's job to wow those fans, no matter whether they're gazing up at the "halo board," or quickly tweeting out photos of a touchdown pass using the stadium's fiber-powered wireless network. He previewed some of the stadium's design challenges and opportunities for an audience at the recent Mobility Live conference at the Georgia World Congress Center, and that's where the Future Perfect podcast caught up with him for this interview.