Future fans will live the Super Bowl, not watch it

Sun Feb 7, 2016 7:55pm EST
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By Steve Keating

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In 2066 when the Super Bowl celebrates its 100th anniversary fans will not just watch the National Football League's championship game - they will live it in all its bone-jarring virtual reality glory.

No longer a parochial pastime, futurists believe American gridiron will be a global game with franchises from London to Beijing, concussions, like paper money, will have disappeared and fans will swarm stadium concession stands at halftime for a puff on legalized marijuana or to sip on $100 beers.

Football fans will look back on Super Bowl 50 in much the same, quaint way people today reflect on Super Bowl I, a simple sporting event with halftime marching bands that did not sell out.

That landmark contest was played between teams from the American heartland, the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs, while 2066 might see the Mexico City Aztecs taking on the London Jaguars, envisioned as the NFL's first international club after relocating from Jacksonville.

It could be the first Super Bowl with the teams employing women head coaches.

The biggest changes of all will be how fans experience the Super Bowl.

At Sunday's game between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers at Levi's Stadium, one of the NFL's newest state-of-the-art venues, fans will be able to download an app to order food and watch replays.

In 2066, Levi's Stadium will be as outdated as the Roman Colosseum.   Continued...

Police patrol downtown San Francisco before NFL Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, California, United States, February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson