This Year’s Super Bowl Stadium Flexes Its High-Tech Muscles | Sunday TODAY


>>>THE FIRST SUPER BOWL WAS PLAYED IN JANUARY OF 1967 IN LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM WHERE THE PACKERS BEAT THE CHIEFS 35-10. VINCE LOMBARDI NEVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED THE ANNUAL SPECTACLE IT’S BECOME. SOCIETY’S SUPER BOWL LII WILL BE WATCHED ON TELEVISION BY MORE THAN 100 MILLION PEOPLE AND PLAYED IN A STATE OF THE ART STADIUM THAT’S A LONG WAY FROM THAT OLD L.A. COLISEUM. ON SUNDAY’S SPOTLIGHT, JO LING TAKES US BEHIND THE GAME.>>Reporter: WITH ALL EYES ON THE GRIDIRON TODAY THERE’S ANOTHER BILLION DOLLAR SPECTACLE IN THE SPOTLIGHT U.S. BANK STADIUM. THE TRICKED-OUT HIGH-TECH HOME FROM THE 52nd SUPER BOWL. WHEN THE FANS FIRST STEP INSIDE FROM THE 90-FOOT HIGH PIVOTING GLASS DOOR. TO THE SPARKLING TOP. AND LEAVES THE LIGHT IN AND KEEPS THAT MINNESOTA COLD OUT, WEIGHING JUST 1% OF WEIGHT OF GLASS. THE ROOF IS SLANTED THANKS TO OLD-SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY PIONEERED BY ANCIENT VIKINGS. PRESENT DAY VIKINGS OWNER AND PRESIDENT MARK WILL SAID IT WAS DESIGNED FOR THE FAN.>>IT’S THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN AMERICA. IT GETS THE SNOW OFF THE ROOF AND ALLOWS THE SUNSHINE TO COME IN HERE. EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE IN CLIMATE-CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT, YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE OUTSIDE.>>Reporter: HE’S THE CHIEF TECHNOLOGY ADVISER FOR THE STADIUM. ONE OF HIS JOBS TO MAKE SURE ALL OF THE FANS IN THE STANDS CAN USE THEIR SMARTPHONES AT FULL SPEED. ALL OF THIS IS POWERING DATA ON OTHER DEVICES. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THIS DIDN’T EXIST AT THE STADIUM?>>IF YOU GOT TOGETHER WITH 60 OR 70,000 OF YOUR TOTAL FRIENDS AND BROUGHT YOUR CELL PHONES INTO A BUILDING AND WE DIDN’T HAVE THIS IN PLACE. YOU WOULD CRIPPLE THE DOWNTIME CELLULAR ENVIRONMENT.>>Reporter: ALSO POWERING THE GAME, MORE THAN 1,000 WI-FI CENTS. THIS LOOKS LIKE A RAILING, REALLY, IT’S A WI-FI HOT SPOT.>>IT’S ON US TO PUT THE TECHNOLOGY IN A SPOT THAT WORKS IN A REAL WAY.>>Reporter: FOR MANY EAGLES AND PATRIOTS FANS FINDING YOUR SEAT IN A SEA OF PURPLE AND GREEN. THERE’S NO EXCUSE FOR NOT FINDING YOUR SEAT. THERE’S A MOBILE APP FOR THAT. IT’S TECHNOLOGY THAT ALLOWS TO YOU FIND YOUR SEAT QUICKLY AND EFFICIENTLY. JUST LIKE US. NEED A BEER? THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS APP FEATURES INSTANT ORDERING AND THAT SELFIE.>>THAT’S WHAT A LOT OF YOU MIGHT EXPECT. THE COMFORTS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE AT HOME. ALL OF THIS TECHNOLOGY IS MEANT TO CREATE AN EXPERIENCE THAN BETTER AT HOME.>>Reporter: 38 STATE OF THE ART 360 CAMERAS POSITIONED THROUGHOUT THE STADIUM CAPTURE THE ACTION, OFTEN FROM THE QUARTERBACK’S POINT OF VIEW. MAKING INSTANT REPLAYS FEEL LIKE YOU’RE ON THE FIELD.>>THE CAMERA OPERATORS ARE ABLE TO SELECT THREE OF THE CAMERA ANGLES THAT WILL PROVIDE THE BEST VIEWPOINTS. AND THEY CAN QUICKLY PULL THOSE THREE ANGLES TOGETHER INTO A SINGLE SHOT.>>Reporter: AND IF THAT ISN’T CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE ACTION FOR YOU, FANS CAN STEP RIGHT ON TO THE FIELD AS A WIDE RECEIVER.>>THAT’S THE HELMET.>>Reporter: AS A VIKINGS FAN, I REALLY LIKE THIS. THIS VIRTUAL REALITY GAME POWERED BY MICROSOFT KINECT.>>PERFECT.>>Reporter: I THINK THAT WAS A TOUCHDOWN. MAKES ANY ROOKIE EVEN OFF THE FIELD FEEL LIKE A REAL MVP.>>PERFECT, 3 FOR 3.>>Reporter: NOW, ALL OF THIS TECHNOLOGY IS GOING TO BE PUT TO THE TEST IN A VERY BIG WAY TODAY. IT’S EXPECTED TO BE THE BIGGEST SINGLE DAY EVER OF TECHNOLOGY USERS AND ZAT DDATA USERS IN ONE PLACE. THE BIGGEST SPIKES AT KICKOFF AND HALFTIME WITH JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE.>>NICE HANDS THERE, JO. HAVE FUN. THANKS SO MUCH.>>>NEXT ON “SUNDAY TODAY,” THE PATRIOTS STAR LINEMAN WHOSE JOB IS TO PROTECT TOM BRADY’S BLIND SIDE, BUT HIS HEART IS WITH HIS LITTLE BOY.>>WHAT WAS THAT MOMENT LIKE TO HEAR THOSE WORDS?>>I JUST FELT LIKE I’D DONE SOMETHING WRONG. I FELT LIKE I CAUSED IT. I FELT LIKE I HAD LET HIM DOWN. AND IT WAS SO INCIDENT.>>>AND LATER, A LIFE WELL LIVED. A DOCTOR WHO ESCAPED THE HOLOCAUST AS A TEENAGER I’ve gotta say, I love the new place. Oh thanks. Yeah, I took your advice and had GEICO help with renters insurance- it was really easy. Easy. That’d be nice. PHONE: For help with chairs, say “chair.” PHONE: For help with bookcases, say “bookcase.” Bookcase. I thought this was the dresser? Isn’t that the bed? PHONE: I’m sorry, I didn’t understand. PHONE: For help with chairs, say “chair.” Does this mean we’re not going out? Book-case. See how easy renters insurance can be

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  1. Tax-payer money well spent. I'm really glad everyday Americans could get the opportunity to bail out billionaires again.

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