Wolverhampton Wanderers have teamed up with virtual reality (VR) soccer platform Rezzil to digitlally recreate the English club’s Molineux Stadium as an immersive digital experience.
- VR experience is available via the Rezzil Player app using an Oculus Quest headset
- Fans can access 360-degree views of the pitch and engage in practice drills
- Wolves players have also used the training and fitness platform
Manchester-based Rezzil was one of SportsPro’s ‘sports tech ideas to invest in’ class of 2020, offering a VR-based training and fan engagement platform. It was also once of five companies to receive investment from the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Launchpad scheme for innovative sports tech startups last year.
Wolves are the second Premier League team to partner with Rezzil, after champions Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium was integrated into the VR platform in 2022.
“There’s been a lot of buzz around the metaverse over the last 12 months and we’ve been looking for compelling, tangible ways of utilising the technology to offer unique experiences to our supporters,” said Richard Pepper, head of digital at Wolves.
“This partnership with Rezzil does just that with an incredibly entertaining and realistic experience.”
While the main use case for Rezzil’s technology has been as a performance platform for professional teams and athletes, it also has a keen eye on the consumer market. The addition of real world stadiums not only provides a more immersive experience, it also inevitably increases interest among that particular club.
As Rezzil attracts more users, other clubs will be keen on having digital recreations of their own stadiums, eager to offer an enhanced experience for their fans, especially younger ones that engage with the platform.