By Dan Reed, Head of Global Sports Partnerships
Today we’re launching the Facebook Sports Stadium, a dedicated place to experience sports in real-time with your friends, fellow fans, and the athletes, teams, leagues and sports media you care about all around the world.
With 650 million people connected to sports Pages, Facebook is the single largest community of sports fans in the world, and is already where massive global conversations are happening during live sports events. 350 million people joined the social conversation around World Cup in 2014. Last year’s Super Bowl was the most talked-about in history, with 65 million people discussing the game in real-time on Facebook.
Now we’ve built a place devoted to live sports events where all of these fans can celebrate, commiserate and talk trash with their friends, discover and share related videos and other game-related content, and read commentary from sports journalists and other experts.
With the Facebook Sports Stadium, all the content and interaction on Facebook related to the game is in one place, and it comes in real time and appears chronologically. You can connect and engage with:
- Game-specific posts from your friends and family
- Play-by-play conversations, with the opportunity to comment on or share individual plays
- Analysis, observations and video sessions from journalists and other experts
- Posts from the official league and team Pages and broadcast partners
- Coverage from national, regional and local media outlets, as well as fan-centric team Pages
- Complete game stats, so you can keep up with your favorite team or players
Sports is truly social and represents a shared interest across the globe, cutting across demographics, cultural differences and socioeconomic barriers. It’s a passion point for so many, which is why we are investing in this dedicated sports experience. We hope to make connecting over sports even more meaningful, fun and engaging for the hundreds of millions of sports fans on Facebook.