Fox Sports plans on using FLIR infrared cameras to show how cold the players are during the Superbowl. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
Since the weather will be a bit different, to say the least, at the first ever outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl, Fox Sports, which will carry the big game, will be bringing some new weather-related tech tools to the stadium to offer a broadcast that will be a bit different, as well. Among the 80-plus cameras covering the game will be one FLIR infrared camera that will show us how warm or cold the players are based on how red or blue they look.
"If it's not snowing, how do you visually present cold and the environment and how it affects the people playing the game on the field?" said Jerry Steinberg, senior vice president of Field Operations at Fox Sports. "So if a player comes out for warmups and he's one color and as that color changes as he warms up or changes during the game when the guy comes out of the game standing on the sideline if we have that color representation from the infrared camera you can see temperature changes through the color spectrum, we can tell that story."
And assuming Mother Nature doesn't throw us a huge curve ball, what will likely be the coldest Super Bowl by a long shot will also likely be the windiest Super Bowl by a long shot.
For that, you'll see Fox Weather TRAX, a new system created with the help of Autodesk, which makes digital engineering software, to show detailed wind swirls in every part of the stadium.
"In the past in a windy stadium to show what the field goal kicker is up against we'd show maybe a shot of the flags. Well here we can actually show the viewer the path of the wind in realtime," said Zac Fields, vice president of Graphics and Technology at Fox Sports. "We know that at the Meadowlands there's a swirling wind that's prevalent during most games and even if it's not windy that day it's still relevant to show that 'Hey, you know what, usually it's windy but today it's not'."
Fox Sports says right now the plans for these new broadcast tech tools are limited to the Super Bowl, though, if they work well, could become a regular part of future NFL regular season games.