Smile, GAA Football fans! Eircom to snap 360-degree FanPics at Croke Park

22 Aug 2013

Eircom GAA ambassadors Ciaran Whelan and Johnny Doyle with some fans. Photo courtesy of Brian Lawless/SPORTSFILE

As excitement builds ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-finals in Croke Park, Eircom has discovered yet another way to help fans experience more at the games with 360-degree photos of the crowds.

FanPic has been used at other major sporting events and stadiums worldwide – including football matches at Ireland’s Aviva Stadium – but this is the first time the 360-degree photo-capture technology will be deployed at Croke Park.

Whether you’re at the Mayo-Tyrone face-off this Sunday, 25 August, the Dublin-Kerry showdown the following week, or the all-to-play-for final in late September, you’ll need to put your best face forward as a photograph will be taken including every fan in the stadium.

Photos will be uploaded the day after each match and fans will be able to search the crowd, tag themselves and share the image on Facebook.

FanPic at Aviva Stadium

Example of a FanPic taken at the Aviva Stadium

‘Spot’ prizes

Those who don’t make it to the games will still have something to look for as Eircom’s GAA ambassadors will be hiding among the thousands of faces.

By spotting Colm ‘The Gooch’ Cooper, Ciaran Whelan, Michael Murphy, Donie Shine, Mickey Harte or Johnny Doyle in one of the FanPics and answering a trivia question correctly, these absent fans can be entered into a draw for VIP tickets to the final or the International Rules Series coming to Croke Park in October.

The FanPic initiative comes as part of GAA Football sponsor Eircom’s Experience More campaign, which invokes the use of social media and digital technology to enhance the GAA fan experience.

Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic