The NFL and Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group have unveiled NFL Experience Times Square in the heart of New York City. The attraction, located on the corner of West 47th Street and 7th Avenue at 20 Times Square, spans 40,000 square feet and four floors. NFL Experience blends state-of-the-art technology with hands-on activities to transport visitors directly the game for an interactive exploration of football, from the practice field to the Super Bowl. Fans can test their skills to see how they measure up to professional football players, learn game strategy from Coach Jon Gruden, and experience the action of the NFL in an immersive 4D movie theater.
“We partnered with Cirque du Soleil to create a captivating and authentic football experience that enables fans to step into the locker room and onto the field of an NFL stadium,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to the game, NFL Experience Times Square takes you on an unforgettable journey where you enter as a fan, become a player, and leave as a Super Bowl champion.”
“NFL Experience Times Square is a next-generation entertainment attraction that will quickly join the list of unique, must-see New York City destinations,” said NFL Experience President Danny Boockvar. “We are tremendously proud to open our doors and bring New Yorkers and those visiting from across the country … and the world … closer to the action than ever before.”
“Going through NFL Experience brought me back to the game and triggered the emotions that I cherished as a player,” said Michael Strahan. “As someone who spent 15 years in the League, I think the NFL Experience offers the most authentic look at the game outside of playing on Sundays.”
NFL Experience Times Square is Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group’s first experiential sports venture. “As we expand our entertainment offering beyond performing arts into immersive experiences, we are thrilled to partner with the world’s leading sports brand. This project has not only allowed us to push our creative boundaries to showcase the NFL from a whole new perspective, but also open the fascinating world of professional sports to Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group,” said Danie Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group.
NFL Experience features multiple attractions, including:
• The Stadium (4D Theater): A 180-seat state-of-the-art theater featuring a 10-minute show. Four-dimension special effects bring fans onto the field with the weather elements and aromas from NFL games, and motion seats recreate the movement from plays.
• The 32’s: Explore team traditions, facts, top plays, and even get a look inside home stadiums around the country – all available on displays throughout the exhibit. Fans will get to test their knowledge or vote for favorite players, and take a tour through all 32 teams with authentic club treasures on display.
• The Equipment Room: Guests will enter the training grounds and measure their skills with a combination of digital and physical tracking activities. Blocking dummies will measure tackle strength and guests will see how their vertical jump compares to NFL players and friends. Finally, fans will get inspired by postgame speeches from NFL coaches and view gear worn by the stars themselves.
• Suit Up: Guests will pick their team, select a jersey number, and suit up as a real player with the help of digital face-tracking technology, turning them into a computer-generated image of their favorite star.
• Game Plan: Meet former NFL Coach Jon Gruden and get ready for the big game by learning a real NFL play. This projection system gives guests the experience of virtually taking part in a quarterback meeting with Coach Gruden.
• Huddle Up: An immersive point of view experience that puts fans inside the team huddle to call a play as taught by Coach Jon Gruden. Custom media monitors and interactive game play allow guests to be the quarterback, pick the receiver and run the play, earning the praise of the coach.
• Quarterback Challenge: Guests will become the quarterback of their team and watch as their favorite receiver runs the play. In three attempts, they will pass the football to the receiver on screen and compare performance stats – such as speed and completion percentage – against their team’s quarterback.
• Super Bowl Celebration: An augmented reality experience will put guests amongst the winning team for the biggest NFL celebration. Fans will also experience a virtual post-Super Bowl Gatorade dunk and take home a photo capturing the moment.
• Champions Stage: Guests will commemorate their triumph with a photo beside the iconic Vince Lombardi trophy. Additionally, guests can get an up-close look at every Super Bowl Championship ring, from the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl I ring to the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl LI ring containing 283 diamonds.
• Postgame Tunnel: The closing postgame tunnel gives guests a one-of-a-kind perspective into the game from both the player and fan perspective with exclusive, never-before-seen footage.
• Food and Beverage: The space features a food court and bar overlooking Times Square, serving dishes specific to each NFL stadium. Bringing in locally sourced ingredients from every NFL hometown and input from all 31 stadium head chefs, the rotating menu will change based on the big game of the week.
• Special NFL Player Appearances: Hall of Famers, current players, and NFL Legends from around the league will make appearances and participate in fan experiences throughout the year.
Tickets to NFL Experience Times Square begin at $39 and can be purchased on-site or online at NFLExperience.com. For more information about NFL Experience, please visit NFLExperience.com. We’re HustleTweeting about the NFL Experience Times Square, and you’re more than welcome to join the conversation on the Hustle Twitter HERE and also on our hyper-interactive Facebook page HERE!