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Fins Plan More Stadium Innovations

Frankly, we weren’t all that impressed by the news that the Dolphins are cozying up to an aging performer who hasn’t had a hit song since long before the bulk of today’s mainstream musicians were even born, or by the decision to change the handle of a stadium that used to be named for a defunct apparel company to the name of a beer brand that in time will be defunct, too.
But we’re definitely impressed by the latest news coming from South Florida’s football franchise.
The team announced today a partnership with Kangaroo Media, and the project will result in the presence of specialized handheld wireless devices in all premium seats and suites at Land Shark Stadium.  With the Kangaroo Gen III units, fans attending the games will be able to access personalized content such as instant replay, different camera angles, field-level audio, fantasy team alerts, NFL news and standings, split-screen video and stats, video on demand, and video and text message boards.
“We are excited to enter into this unique partnership with Kangaroo,” owner Stephen M. Ross said in a team-issued release.  “We have made a commitment to Dolphins fans that we will constantly strive to enhance their experience at Land Shark Stadium.  The roll-out of this exciting new technology is the first of many new ideas that are under consideration to introduce state of the art amenities throughout the stadium over the next several years.”
Though the units will be available only in the 5,000 premium seats and suites, we hope that the development is the first step in a process that will result in similar units being available to any fan attending an NFL game.

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37 Responses to “Fins Plan More Stadium Innovations”
  1. mfancy says: May 20, 2009 12:51 PM

    the redskins have had kangaroo tv at fedex for like 2 or 3 years now and anyone in the stadium can go get a tv for $25-$30 for the game

  2. FillyFinatic says: May 20, 2009 12:53 PM

    Frankly, we weren’t all that impressed by the news that the Dolphins are cozying up to an aging performer who hasn’t had a hit song since long before the bulk of today’s mainstream musicians were even born, or by the decision to change the handle of a stadium that used to be named for a defunct apparel company to the name of a beer brand that in time will be defunct, too.

    Apparently you didn’t do your homework. Jimmy’s License to Chill album shattered Country Charts you moron. And not to mention all the hit songs he wrote for Alan Jackson, Clint Black and Chesney to name a few celebs he’s written for.

  3. Alabama leprechaun says: May 20, 2009 12:53 PM

    Yeah bring fans closer to the game.
    Next thing will be free HGH and weed for everyone.

  4. dEV says: May 20, 2009 12:53 PM

    I thought this was going to be another ad for Sprint.

  5. tinshaker says: May 20, 2009 12:56 PM

    The price of the seats just went up 30%.

  6. EverybodyGotAIDS says: May 20, 2009 1:07 PM

    Apparently you didn’t do your homework. Jimmy’s License to Chill album shattered Country Charts you moron. And not to mention all the hit songs he wrote for Alan Jackson, Clint Black and Chesney to name a few celebs he’s written for.
    _________________
    Key words? COUNTRY CHARTS. We’re talking about music that people actually LIKE.
    As for the media devices…why would you go to an NFL game and then have a “video on demand” option? I could understand if everything was football related, but it sounds like they’re going to give people the option of going to an NFL game and watching some crappy romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts where she’s a hooker or someone who skips out on her weddings or some other type of social degenerate. It may be great for the people who go to the game with no intention of watching it, but are those people you really want in the stadium? I understand that the Dolphins will have a hard time selling tickets next year when they go 2-14, but still. At least force the people at the stadiums to watch the games.

  7. CaptAwesome says: May 20, 2009 1:07 PM

    Buffet may have “hit songs” but they still sound like cr*p…there is a reason Parrot Heads get really drunk before the shows…

  8. jusford says: May 20, 2009 1:07 PM

    Should probably stick to football and not bring up your lack of knowledge about music.
    Maybe the next thing will be helmets that the fans can wear (while sitting in the stands at a live event) that will contain the audio and video.

  9. Stradavarius says: May 20, 2009 1:11 PM

    Alabama leprechaun says:
    May 20th, 2009 at 12:53 pm
    Yeah bring fans closer to the game.
    Next thing will be free HGH and weed for everyone.
    ___________
    You are the winner, sir!!!

  10. mcrowell says: May 20, 2009 1:12 PM

    field level audio is something that i’ve thought should be available to people sitting on their couches for a long time…i’m not talking the field level in players hitting, but coaches yelling, and players talking junk, type of audio. there has to be a way to do it! I’d pay a little extra for that.

  11. BitterSmuggs says: May 20, 2009 1:13 PM

    The Redskins have offered these units for the past two seasons. It sounds like a pretty cool idea, but I’ve never seen anyone actually use it at the stadium.

  12. MarkB says: May 20, 2009 1:15 PM

    Does Sprint own Kangaroo?

  13. argraphics says: May 20, 2009 1:15 PM

    HGH and weed WHERE !!!!!! WHERE !!!!!!

  14. ralphthedog says: May 20, 2009 1:19 PM

    I am surprised that you wouldn’t take the opportunity to push Sprint as the official telecommunications company for PTF.

  15. hayward giablommi says: May 20, 2009 1:22 PM

    How much will raise ticket prices for these “innovations”? If it is more than $1, they can can shove it.
    If you want replays, fantasy updates, news, etc, stay at home and get those from your computer. Let those of us who go to the stadium (to, you know, actually watch the game) enjoy the game without unnecessary distraction.

  16. CorelReefer says: May 20, 2009 1:22 PM

    Try American icon, not aging performer

  17. El Colon says: May 20, 2009 1:34 PM

    I think most fans already have these devices, they’re called internet enabled cell phones

  18. SlipperyPete says: May 20, 2009 1:36 PM

    “…we hope that the development is the first step in a process that will result in similar units being available to any fan attending an NFL game.”
    No thanks. If I go to a stadium to watch a game, I want the stadium experience. If I want instant replays and different camera angles, I’ll just stay at home and watch it on TV.

  19. Muck says: May 20, 2009 1:39 PM

    Actually, seat prices are exactly what they were last season.
    With or without Kangaroo TV, seat prices will resume at some point, as is the norm with virtually all professional sports.

  20. promichael says: May 20, 2009 1:40 PM

    Mike you should be impressed but when you write of Jimmy Buffett
    in less than flattering terms you obviously need a vacation in Florida.
    Buffett is part of the Florida culture. When he sings well known lyrics
    “Occupation just not around”, people can relate especially now. The
    rest of the industrial nation can’t relate. People love Florida, move
    there and find out that they can not earn a living unless their in a
    service related industry.

  21. Heinekenfun says: May 20, 2009 1:51 PM

    Looks like more catering to those corporate attendees who really aren’t the core fanbase. What happened to going to the game and enjoying the action of the game, as the gameday experience? Every stadium has the jumbo screens for replay of the action, so why spend time looking at some tiny screen of what you just saw? This is just technological masturbation.

  22. Vox Veritas says: May 20, 2009 1:58 PM

    “Jimmy’s License to Chill album shattered Country Charts you moron.”
    It was #1 for a whole week this one time haha
    He does a lot of duets on that album. Hank Williams Jr, Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, etc. You know, REAL country singers. It would be like if Florio did a duet with Fergie, only nobody’s dumb enough to claim that everybody likes the song because of Florio

  23. Vox Veritas says: May 20, 2009 2:00 PM

    “Buffett is part of the Florida culture.”
    So is not being able to figure out a simple election ballot.

  24. Raiders757 says: May 20, 2009 2:01 PM

    Really, what does having a hit have to do with anything at all? In the U.S., “having a hit” means that a bunch of shallow idiots think your flavor of the day. There are a lot of great bands, old and new, that are ten times better than this great “hit parade” you so seem to worship, Mike. I’ll even say ten times better than the garbage that gets played on U.S. radio stations be it rock, rap, pop, hit or no hit. Having a “Hit” doesn’t make a band or performer “credible” one damn bit. Just look at the current pop scene, and can see that having a hit doesn’t mean much at all in the eyes of those who know real talent when they see it. Most modern “hit makers”, are pre-manufactured plastic dolls churned out by the Micky Mouse Club. If you have a hit these days, more than likely you didn’t write the song, and aren’t a real musician.
    This Kangaroo Media thing sounds kind of like NASCAR Fan Scan, ‘cept it seems only the snooty wine and cheese fans will be able to get it.

  25. Pcola Mike says: May 20, 2009 2:12 PM

    In the category of “If I don’t like it, It MUST be crap” you win the award. I have no idea of the kind of music you like, nor do I care. Down here we like our Dolphins and we like Jimmy Buffet. If you don’t, then keep it to yourself. Perhaps you could use a Latitude Change, then you might understand. Jimmy Buffet is going to bring More fun to the games, after-all I don’t see people hating on each other at his shows, getting into fights like some of the more popular music groups. It is all about FUN.

  26. fordman84 says: May 20, 2009 2:18 PM

    Why not make them available to all fans, and charge for them? Free for the expensive seats and $20 for the rest.

  27. Pea Tear Griffin says: May 20, 2009 2:37 PM

    “Frankly, we weren’t all that impressed by the news that the Dolphins are cozying up to an aging performer who hasn’t had a hit song since long before the bulk of today’s mainstream musicians were even born, or by the decision to change the handle of a stadium that used to be named for a defunct apparel company to the name of a beer brand that in time will be defunct, too.”
    I’m in my twenties and I really enjoy Jimmy Buffet. I know a lot of my friends do too. He’s also quote popular at college campuses nationwide.
    Oh yea, and his concerts sell out in a matter of minutes.
    And I actually think his beer is pretty good (at least better than Coors Light, the official beer of the NFL).

  28. philacane13 says: May 20, 2009 2:47 PM

    NASCAR uses the same tech – it’s called FanView and it’s terrific for racing. Not sure how it will translate to football, but the best televised sport on tv is NASCAR on Fox, so it sure looks like they are trying to compete.

  29. svnrdr says: May 20, 2009 2:50 PM

    “Frankly, we weren’t all that impressed by the news that the Dolphins are cozying up to an aging performer who hasn’t had a hit song since long before the bulk of today’s mainstream musicians were even born, or by the decision to change the handle of a stadium that used to be named for a defunct apparel company to the name of a beer brand that in time will be defunct, too.”
    ————————————————————————————————-
    “Frankly, I’m all that impressed by the news that the PFT cozying up to an A-HOLE AGENT who hasn’t had any class long before the bulk of today’s mainstream FOOTBALL FANS were even born, or by the decision to change the handle of PFT to ROSENHAUS’ TWITTER HACK, a defunct SPORTS AGENT company to PFT that in time will be defunct, too.”

  30. Bearz fan says: May 20, 2009 3:01 PM

    There’s an app for all that.

  31. FillyFinatic says: May 20, 2009 3:20 PM

    EverybodyGotAIDS
    Sorry not all of us like George Michaels & Milly Vanilly like you do

  32. Beer Cheese Soup says: May 20, 2009 3:23 PM

    Jimmy Buffet’s music is not my style, but he seems to be a fairly successful artist anyway. More successful that, say, a half-bait sportswriter that runs a very obviously biased blog and posts revisions of the same old non-news about ‘aging performers’ (Favre) all day. I didn’t see your beer brand anywhere Florio.. Let me know, I want to try it.
    That said, Florida is a rancid, foul-smelling swamp populated by a mixture of inbred trailer park rednecks and senile geriatrics that can’t drive for sh*t and think that the world owes them a favor just because they’ve been in it so long. It’s so flat you can stand on a 20-foot building and see water on both sides, and so full of stink, humidity, alligators and insects that you can’t hardly go outside. No wonder they love football so much there, it’s the only decent thing they have!

  33. Southernboi727 says: May 20, 2009 3:27 PM

    this won’t do well. they should offer this not for the premium seats and suites, but give this option for a person sitting in the higher levels of the stadium.

  34. stonecold says: May 20, 2009 3:40 PM

    Great, now more people can go to Dolphins games and watch other games that are going on. There already is a lack of fans at the games anyway. Even last year with an 11-5 record they struggled to ‘sell out’

  35. texasPHINSfan says: May 20, 2009 5:24 PM

    florio i agree with your first paragraph.
    i’m a dolphins fan that doesn’t embrace buffett or that whole stadium name-change thing. but Joe Robbie Stadium (as i will always call it – that or “Dolphin Stadium”) has already gone through serious technological updates in the past. It had the largest television monitor of any sport stadium at one point (might still be the case) when they had that huge new jumbotron put in two years ago.
    regarding the technology – i don’t understand the bitching from people on here. It’s only in the suites, which none of us reside in. plus it’s optional. Some of you guys are acting like you’d be forced to use it. you don’t have to. it’s there if you want it.
    If you’ve ever been to a game live, they don’t show nearly the number of replays you get on tv when you watch from home. given that, i don’t see how this is being met with such negativity. Like everything else in the world, if you don’t like it, don’t use it.

  36. texasPHINSfan says: May 20, 2009 5:27 PM

    stonecold – actually every single home game did sell out. i know, i was trying to source tickets to several games when my travels brought me to florida. you’d see some here & there on craigslist on the secondary market, but new-issue tickets were always sold out.
    now getting everyone that has tickets to show up, that might be a whole different issue altogether 😉

  37. schweinehund says: May 21, 2009 12:15 AM

    I’ve been lucky enough to have watched a game from a suite. A whole lotta socializing and not much football watching going on in there. Therefore, I must conclude that these Kangaroo devices won’t garner much interest.

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