Due to the fast-spreading of COVID-19, most of the leagues were postponed and delayed for a long time. Many organizers tried to start their leagues but most of these planning were unsuccessful.
Most of them were agreed that any gathering can work as a hotspot of COVID-19. Hence, a few of the organizers had decided to start without gathering.
At Opel Arena in Mainz, Germany, a match between RB Leipzig and Mainz in Bundesliga action was played on Sunday without gathering.
Well, the broadcaster put a twist in that match. They added fake crowd noise in their broadcasting. This was done to make the spectators feel the game in a more naturalistic way.
However, according to FS1’s Alexi Lalas, the player could not hear the voice as it was added to the broadcast feed. However, some of the members thought putting noise of the crowd would sense ridiculous and artificial.
Yet, the real experience was different. Many people viewed that pumped-in noise was much better for them. Moreover, they also viewed the noise produced a feeling of a bit uncanny when they looked up the empty seats.
Most of the spectators remarked that the noise generated the needed atmosphere for them. As most of the time, they were concentrated on the players; the disparity was unnoticed most of the time.
That’s why with the pump-in noise, a feeling of a soccer game was produced. Alexi Lalas posted in Tweeter “Exactly. It’s not about fooling anyone. It’s simply about enhancing the TV viewing experience.
There are comfort and familiarity in the soundtrack. Still think the art/skill involved in inserting crowd noise in a game will improve w/ more games. Other leagues/sports taking note.”
As a huge gathering is a dream in the midst of the present pandemic, the experiment is expected to be followed by others too.