La Liga has confirmed there will be virtual fans and fake crowd noise when the season restart begins behind closed doors.
Norwegian firm Vizrt have collaborated with the Spanish top-flight to bring stadiums to life. Fake supporters can be seen in the stands wearing their team’s colours and to-scale images can be turned into a canvas and will show institutional messages.
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Crowd noise will be taken directly from EA Sports’ FIFA franchise, with La Liga being exclusively licensed in the latest instalment FIFA 20. Audio from the game can be placed in La Liga broadcasts in response to any key moments – whether it be a goal, foul or card.
These changes will help add some form of realism until fans are allowed back. Those supporters in Spain do have the option to turn off the fake noise if they choose.
La Liga president Javier Tebas believes these innovations can make games more attractive and exciting to watch, offering the best case scenario for atmosphere without fans in attendance.
“We have made these broadcasting changes so fans can enjoy La Liga,” said La Liga president Javier Tebas.
“We work with global partners to offer a great viewer experience. We are in an exceptional situation, but for us it has been important to be able to adapt and offer a compelling, cutting-edge broadcast to our fans.”
Without fans comes a time for a little experimentation. There will be new camera angles where some cameras will go to areas that would’ve obstructed the view of supporters. The aerial camera will move in different paths to capture fresh shots with the bench camera moved to the opposite stand. As a precaution, tunnel camera duties will be replaced by robotic ones for extra health and safety.
The Spanish top-flight will be the second of Europes’ major leagues to restart their seasons, after the German Bundesliga got underway again almost a month ago.
La Liga returns with virtual fans when Sevilla host derby rivals Real Betis on June 12. Second-tier La Liga SmartBank resumes a day earlier, where Rayo Vallecano take on Albacete.