SPORTS: Stadiums with Captioning – Go Teams!

January 3, 2012 § 8 Comments

Taking this from new article by Jamie Berke on About.com – a popular dot.com online.

From this interview with Jen Bonfilio here: http://deafness.about.com/od/captioning/a/stadium_captioning.htm

Go teams! of all sorts…your favorite sports teams, the teams in and related to CCAC who work on this regularly too, and the teams yet to be created for the Mission – inclusion of quality captioning universally – make it happen and tell us about it.

Teams of providers, teams of advocates, teams of consumers, teams of companies in technology and access that are expanding services and products as we type. We need to collaborate more, even when competition and marketing challenges, sometimes even too many choices (?) are evident. Become invigorated, and keep talking.

An excerpt only from the online article:

Speaking about Stadiums that already have captioning, here’s a beginning listing below, feel free to make it grow!

Q: Is there a directory online anywhere of all stadiums and arenas offering captioning? If not, can you give a few examples of places from around the country?

A: No, I don’t believe a directory exists. Sounds like a good idea for a project! A few examples would be:

  • Arizona
    • Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ (Arizona State University football)
  • District of Columbia
    • FedEx Field, Washington, D.C. (Washington Redskins)
    • Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. (Washington Nationals)
  • Florida
    • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL (University of Florida football)
  • Minnesota
    • Target Stadium, Minneapolis, MN (Minnesota Twins)
  • New Jersey
    • MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (New York Giants and New York Jets and college football)
  • New York
    • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY (New York Yankees)
  • Tennnesee
    • LP Field, Nashville, TN (Tennessee Titans)
  • Texas
    • Cowboy Stadium, Dallas, TX (Dallas Cowboys)
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§ 8 Responses to SPORTS: Stadiums with Captioning – Go Teams!

  • Phil says:

    Cowboys Stadium — You must carry a captioning device on your hand to read!

    MetLife Stadium — There were only TWO captioned Big Screen TV only (out of 4). I worked with the people at MetLife to have many regular TVs around the stadium to include the CC. I am still working on adding 2 more CC on Big Screen TVs.

    CitiField Stadium (Mets’ home) — CC on big Screen and ring of stadium. (Supposed to have every 2 TV to include CC).

    • ls says:

      Hi Phil at datalife – are you a captioner also or ?
      Yes, some of these sports events (e.g. I recall for US Tennis in NYC this past summer) require patrons to use a mobile or similar to read realtimme captioning (that would be CART i think) for all the audio announcements in the game. There are good reports on this so far, yet if you have used it? tell us more too.
      Keep us posted on your advocacy for additional big screens also!
      Lauren/CCAC
      p.s. Join the ccac anytime – free membership. Our next adventure is to find sponsors for a new newsletter which we think will be great. If any company is interested, please get in touch soon, ccacaptioning@gmail.com

      • Phil says:

        No, I am a deaf sport fan! 🙂 I got involved with MetLife Stadium to get CC on TVs at concession stands etc.. The key contact was Anne Wheat, the guest service person. We worked together to get it running.

        I am strongly against carrying the mobile device.. Why am I reading this instead of watching the field ?

        I will work on NJ Devils — I am going to the game in two weeks.

        Phil

        • ls says:

          Is MetLife generally understanding of our needs? Not only for sports, yet for accessible employment for example – if you know?

          Your comment about using cc on a mobile (handheld) is parallel to a hot discussion currently in CCAC membership online (a members’ forum). There the topic is cinema cc, and all sorts of strong opinions about captiview and rearwindow vis a vis open captioning.
          Keep on advocating, thanks!
          ls/ccac

  • Lore says:

    University of Texas at Austin – we have the largest jumbotron with captions for a University!

  • sgrovesuss says:

    Livestrong/Sporting KC Soccer Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas – Has CART on a large projection screen near the scoreboard. Visit http://hlaakc.com for the Kansas City Hearing Loss Association Chapter’s experience at Livestrong.

    Shanna / LipreadingMom

  • Patti White says:

    Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO, home of MLB Cardinals
    Citi Field, Flushing, NY, home of MLB Mets
    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA, home of MLB Phillies
    Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI, home of MLB Brewers
    Faurot Field, Columbia, MO, home of Big 12/SEC Mizzou Tigers

    • ls says:

      Patti – Thanks much for these additions also. If you have time, could you now create a new updated LIST for the CCAC that we can publish in the new CCAC newsletter?
      Send it to us via ccacaptioning@gmail.com

      SPORTS is “hot” entertainment – having watched two football games yesterday – we know how much relaxation and excitement (as well as business of course) this adds to life. Inclusion of all via quality captioning in stadiums is growing and good.

      ls/ccac

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