Following on from NRL matches, FOX Sports will add virtual crowd noises to AFL next week.
FOX Sports has been obtaining crowd noises from a huge cross-section of scenarios within a match, with two producers and two audio directors striking a balance between authenticity and atmosphere.
Games will also be shot tighter to minimise empty stands.
“I didn’t want to hide the fact that there was no crowd at grounds,” FOX Sports head of television Steve Crawley said.
“But we did some stuff about five weeks ago and I’m convinced that the viewing experience is superior with a toned down crowd underneath the call and on-field effects.
“It’s very important that it plays a distant third (behind the play itself and commentators). It is there to warm the game rather than dominate the game.”
FOX Footy will broadcast its first restarted AFL match on Saturday June 13, when Brisbane meets Fremantle.
Source: FOX Sports