Published On: Thu, Jan 21st, 2016

Facebook launches Sports Stadium, a hub for chatting about the game in real time

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Facebook has introduced Sports Stadium, it’s a virtual place to experience sports in real-time with your friends, and 650 million sports fans on the social network. You can “get the feeling” you’re watching the game with your friends even when you aren’t together.

“Sports is a global interest that connects people around the world, ” the company said in today’s blog post. “This product makes connecting over sports more fun and engaging, and we’ll continue listening to feedback to make it even better.”

The Sports Stadium is rolling out today for American football games, just in time for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Other sports, like basketball and soccer, will be added soon. The experience is available now on iPhone in the US, and will expand to other platforms in the coming weeks.

With Facebook Sports You can see:

  • Posts from your friends, and their comments on plays
  • Posts and commentary from experts, like teams, leagues and journalists, with easy access to their Pages
  • Live scores, stats and a play-by-play
  • Game info, like where to find the game on TV

At first it looks like there isn’t anything new. But, before today, you could post that you were watching a game as a status on you wall. At last year’s Super Bowl, Facebook also rolled out a page,  similar to the Sports Stadium, just for the game, as well as a page for the Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather boxing match in 2015.

Now you can follow the action as the game unfolds with a live play-by-play, and even like, comment on, and share individual plays. You can also get up to speed quickly with live scores and the most discussed plays. It’s a second-screen experience.

You can get to Facebook Sports by searching for a game. Once there, you’ll see the most recent plays, which you can like, comment on, or share. It’s featured in a carousel format so you’ll always be able to know what the last five plays were. Below that are videos from media outlets such as CBS Sports and NBC.

The Sports Stadium tells you which of your friends are watching the game, while also providing you with expert commentary from the teams themselves, as well as from media personalities, and more. Lastly, there’s a stats window for all you diehard sports fans out there.

 

 

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