Due to Coronavirus The Bundesliga broadcast uses fake crowd noise for satisfaction

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The Bundesliga broadcast uses fake crowd noise for satisfaction
The Bundesliga broadcast uses fake crowd noise for satisfaction | Image source: Bundesliga Official website


RB Leipzig manned Sunday morning in Bundesliga action at the Opel Arena in Mainz, Germany. Due to Coronavirus concerns, the match was played in an empty stadium, as all Bundesliga matches have been played since the league’s return.

What was different about the match on Sunday morning was that the broadcast has experimented by adding to the noise of the fake crowd to make the game feel more natural.

(Note: According to FS1’s Alexey Lalas, players in the stadium cannot hear the noise. It is being added to the broadcast feed.)

This is a practice that has been discussed as a possibility for teams playing in empty stadiums but has so far avoided the worry that pumped-in noise would feel artificial and silly.

The crowd whistles are a great touch. https://t.co/cv24xQ4VCM

— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) May 24, 2020

 

The crowd whistles are a great touch. https://t.co/cv24xQ4VCM

— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) May 24, 2020


Having seen the most in the first half, in which RB Leipzig is just sorting Mainz, I say: it’s much better.

 
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Yes, it can feel a bit unnatural to hear the noise of the crowd and then go and see the empty seats. But soccer is a sport that depends on the environment as much as anything. Your eyes are on the field, for the most part, so you don’t notice the disparity much. With spells, it feels like a football game.

I agree: I thought it wouldn’t work. And I agree that I was completely wrong. It works, it makes the game feel more special and real.

The crowd whistles are a great touch. https://t.co/cv24xQ4VCM

— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) May 24, 2020

Many people felt the same, but not all:

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