Sleep Smarter, Play Better is the Message
Fans of all ages got the chance to step out onto the 50 yard line and compete in the biggest VR Football game ever seen. This was all part of the 10 day Super Bowl Live event leading up to the big game in Minneapolis, MN. The experience is part of Sleep Number’s fan engagement at the game and the virtual reality game was created by Groove Jones in DFW.
Located in the heart of Minneapolis and just steps away from where the Patriots and the Eagles battle it for the championship at Super Bowl LII. The Sleep Number engagement is the must see spot this year. Between 800 and 1200 people taking part in the VR experience, while countless others look on through the glass front. A huge 30 foot video wall displays a spectator mode view of the VR experience.
Whether you’re an athlete or an everyday all-star, up your game with better sleep every night. The game demonstrates how everyone from parents to pros are achieving their goals with great sleep.
The game experience is fun but it has a message. The first part of the game sets the stage, you have 60 seconds to throw as many passes as you can at targets down the field. The further the target, the higher the points. The first half of the game you are at peak condition after just having a great night’s sleep. The second half becomes more challenging, as the game simulates what it is like after having a poor night’s sleep.
Fans Love to See Their Name on the Big Leaderboard
One of the highlights of the experience is seeing the names of the top scorers. The leaderboard is viewable high above the players in the virtual stadium when they are in the VR game. So they know how they are doing while playing. Everyone outside the VR experience can see live updates on the oversized video wall displaying the leaderboard and game play as they are happening. This leaderboard system shows off the Daily and All-Time high scorers at the event.
Built for Big Crowds
Because the game is built for multiple people (8 people) at the same time, you get to see your fellow players in the game. The space was designed to maximize throughput, averaging 8 people at a time every 90 seconds.
On the 50 yard line, you see all the other players competing against you.
Great Photo Opportunities
Everyone wanted their photos taken while playing the game or right afterwards, for a posed show in front of the 10 foot by 30 foot displays that showed the gameplay in action.
Brad Paisley Stops By to Play
Country music superstar Brad Paisley surprised shoppers at the Mall of America for a popup music event in the Sleep Number store. Paisley performed several songs during the performance to an overflowing crowd. But prior to his music event, he stopped by the Super Bowl Live event to test his skills on the gridiron. Afterwards he took time to take photos with fans and the Groove Jones team that was onsite.