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Manchester City will become the first Premier League club to enter to Metaverse after beginning construction of the virtual Etihad stadium with the help of Sony’s VR experts.

Manchester City, an English football club, has teamed up with Sony to create a virtual reality football stadium where fans can watch live games and meet their heroes. According to the article, Sony is creating a virtual reality recreation of City’s Etihad stadium using “image analysis and skeletal-tracking technology” developed by Hawk-Eye, a Sony group firm.

Officials from the club hope that the idea will allow fans who are unable to travel to Etihad to watch live games from anywhere in the world. Sony and Manchester City have agreed to a three-year partnership, with Sony experts “visiting the Etihad to digitally map it and reproduce it in virtual reality.” “Other concepts being considered include fans meeting players in the metaverse, communicating with one another, and purchasing things that aren’t available in real life,” according to the website.

“You can recreate a game, you can watch the game live, you’re part of the action in a different way through different angles, and you can fill the stadium as much as you want because it’s unlimited, it’s completely virtual,” said Nuria Tarre, Manchester City Football Group’s chief marketing, and fan engagement officer. For his part, Andy Etches, co-founder of Rezzil — a company that has developed the metaverse game Player 22 used by Premier League clubs to train players — pointed out that the idea is “not too far off.” “We could pretty much deliver it now, although at this stage it would more likely be a computer-generated version,” he said.
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