A new paper from Deloitte re-imagines the sports stadium concept in light of a number of developing technologies.
Notably, Deloitte gives the example of a fantasy sports-style interaction — a "game within the game" — where bets are placed using bitcoin "on in-game events, or use stadium-provided technology for other micro-transactions".
The consultancy sees the sports stadium experience as one ripe for technological innovation, building on what's already taking place on the court or field.
The paper explains:
The authors propose the development of a sports stadium that is more than a “concrete donut”, but rather a technology stack comprised of an experience layer, an enabling tech layer and a technology infrastructure layer.
By opening the stadium’s technology infrastructure to third-party developers, according to the paper, new services could be offering using blockchain and other nascent technologies.
Deloitte compares the idea of building a wide range of applications for stadiums to Apple’s development of its own hardware-as-a-platform for software products, which last year was a $6bn-a-year business in net revenue for the technology giant.
Image of screen on grass field via Shutterstock; Stadium graph via Deloitte
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