What Technology Should the New San Francisco 49ers' Stadium Have?

By Lance Cartelli
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I’m currently 37,000 feet in the air on the way to Jazz Fest in New Orleans looking over some type of mountains (the Rockies? I never was a geography connoisseur, but geez is the Midwest boring), and I am amazed at what technology can do, and also low-key angry that it took this long for WiFi to hit the mile-high commute … but I digress.

This technology and the fact that we are in 2013 has me thinking what kind of superior technology the new San Francisco 49ers stadium can utilize to improve the experience, even though anything is an upgrade over being at Candlestick Park.

The 49ers’ new stadium is sure to be a tech geek’s dream. With a lot of the major technological companies in the Bay Area, San Francisco’s stadium will be innovative and green. With the improvements to watching a game at home with the Redzone Channel and beer costing about $10 less then at a stadium, all NFL teams will have to revolutionize the way we watch games in person.

Personal Screens on Stadium Seats: Being a Football fan has evolved. When you own multiple fantasy teams, you want to see how your players are doing while at the game. With this technology, you can input your players and get notifications.

How about having the Redzone Channel playing on the screen? It may take your attention off a play or two, but that’s why the play-clock is 40 seconds. In the NFC West, 49er fans will want to know how fellow NFC West teams are performing, and just looking at a scoreboard doesn’t cut it anymore in this world we live in.

How about instant replays on your handy-dandy personal touch screen? The ability to see previous plays or highlights of the game at your discretion. Also, the ability to zoom in on a coach. Everyone deserves the right to zoom in on Jim Harbaugh when he goes ballistic on the sideline. To me, that is worth the price of admission right there.

Social Network Integration: WiFi is worse at NFL games than it is up here at 10,000 feet of altitude, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I definitely want to be able to Tweet/Facebook/Vine/Instagram or any other crazy social network app that comes out in the next few months while I’m at the game, so I can make my friends jealous — and that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?

Dating Site Integration: With dating sites being all the rage these with the popularity growing on apps like Tinder. Who wouldn’t want to watch their favorite team defeat their most hated rival while getting a date with the hot 49ers fan you’ve been eyeing since the tailgate? Meeting the woman of my dreams at a football game would be epic. What a great Rom-Com idea. Genius!

What would you like to see at the 49ers new stadium?

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