Dave and Cathy were transported back to the Bridge and the magic of 3pm on a Saturday, as Three used cutting-edge technology and the power of connectivity to turn a derelict London warehouse into a 360-degree immersive recreation of the stadium. Each fan in the virtual crowd was individually filmed, in a green screen studio and composited to create the impression of brimming terraces.
‘It was an absolutely fantastic experience to be able to be back at Stamford Bridge for matchday with Cathy,’ said Dave. ‘Within the first few minutes of the game, I really felt like I was back at the Bridge again, getting lost in the chanting and seeing all the other fans around us. We really thought we weren’t going to be back in the stadium this year, but part of me feels like I have now. It’s really made us want to get back more than ever.’
The couple got to spend their golden anniversary transported back to a packed Stamford Bridge watching the game alongside 40,000 supporters, who were each filmed individually, to the soundtrack of the stadium provided by EA Sports Atmospheric Audio.
That meant for two lucky fans and 90 minutes at least, the electric atmosphere of the Bridge was alive once again for the first time in eight months.