Fox Sports is superimposing virtual fans into the vacant seats at ballparks during its TV broadcasts this season. Fans got a look at the technology during Saturday's Cubs-Brewers broadcast, sharing mixed emotions on social media.
First, a look at what a broadcast looks like with the virtual fans in place:
Here's a look at the virtual fans Fox is using for the Cubs-Brewers game at Wrigley Field.— Front Office Sports (@frntofficesport) July 25, 2020
The network will be able to alter the crowd, including thinning it out during late-game blowouts.
(🎥: @awfulannouncing) pic.twitter.com/jvN6t1yDiq
And now, here's how some fans reacted:
Please don't ever do the virtual fans again Fox— Adam Jacobi (@Adam_J_Tweets) July 25, 2020
Virtual fans are fine. TV networks being innovative right now is fine. Teams being creative right now is fine.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 25, 2020
Sports are back. Be OK with it. Be happy with it.
These virtual fans have got to go pic.twitter.com/TmtrDHwayB— Will Hunker (@willhunk) July 25, 2020
I think the virtual fans in the stands looks awesome. I wish you would see more of it in the background though— Frankie (@Fzino) July 25, 2020
okay the audio sounds sick and the virtual fans in the OF aren’t terrible. improvements https://t.co/a2N4aSK8le— alex⚡️ (@alexriveraa24) July 25, 2020
The technology serves to create a sense of normalcy in the unique 2020 season. It was used sporadically in Saturday's game.