Let sports fans send virtual ‘cheers’ into empty stadiums


Remote Cheerer used for Chiba Lotte Marines game in Japan

Source: Yamaha

Cheering for your favorite sports team may soon be as easy as tapping an app.

Yamaha Corporation is testing out a new technology that would allow fans to vocalize support during live games through an app. As fans watch a broadcast of a game, they can push a button to cheer, applaud or start a chant. The audio would be piped into a stadium’s existing speaker systems. Yamaha said each button will have a different variation of a real person’s recorded voice.

“This actually has two benefits,” Yuki Seto, the project lead, told CNBC through a translator. “For the fans, of course, being able to cheer. … And the players know…


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