What to expect at the star-studded 2022 Super Bowl halftime show

The interior of SoFi Stadium is seen days before the Super Bowl NFL football game on February 8 in Inglewood, California (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

At Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, both teams play with more than 1,000 tons hanging over their heads.

Samsung’s 120-meter oval infinity screen, suspended 122 feet above the pitch, is the largest video board in the sport’s history, according to the Korean electronics giant. But while it’s been around since mid-2020, there won’t have been a showcase like the Super Bowl before that.

The screen is a key element at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., a massive, reportedly $5 billion facility shared by two NFL teams — one of which happens to be attending this weekend’s big game.

When the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals meet on Sunday, fans in the 70,000-seat arena will have access to all manner of game data thanks to the giant screen. Instant replays and close-ups, stats, results and interactive updates are all programmed on-screen in panels that are between 20 and 40 feet tall.

With 70,000 square feet of ultra-high definition screen totaling 80 million pixels on the inside and outside, fans seated lower down can see the screen inside the oval, while fans higher up can see the outside. Basically, there are no bad angles.

The display makes a lot of noise – in the truest sense of the word. It’s equipped with the equivalent of 1,500 home theater speaker systems, meaning there’s no chance of missing a referee’s call.

Although SoFi Stadium hosted its first game in September 2020, Covid protocols meant fans were not allowed inside until the following April. The Super Bowl is something of a Hollywood first after a season of previews.

The stadium was designed by HKS, and Samsung worked with architectural drawings to optimize the spectator experience, says Mark Quiroz, Samsung Display Division’s vice president of marketing. “The sheer complexity of the building, from concept to design to construction, was a challenge,” he told CNN.

“The timing was also a very real challenge to ensure the infinity screen was ready for the opening day of the NFL season, a day that cannot be postponed,” he added. “This was also coupled with the early days of the pandemic and the ability to put in place proper health protocols to protect workers.”

However, the need to innovate was paramount.

Some sports fans argue – in many cases rightly so – that with more game viewing and more in-game analysis available from the comfort of their own homes, teams need to work harder than ever on their in-stadium experiences.

“There will always be competition as the home viewing experience has gotten so good with bigger and sharper screens that venues and technology providers need to raise the bar on what the live fan experience needs to be to consistently attract fans and guests,” Quiroz said .

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