Site lets Gator fans see view from seats before they buy tickets
Published: Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 2:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 3:19 p.m.
Gator fans now can go online to get a 360-degree panoramic view from their seats -- from the field of play in front of them to the seats behind them -- before purchasing tickets to the football, basketball and baseball arenas.
The University of Florida Athletic Association and Ozean Interactive Media are launching the Total360Sports web application today on gatorzone.com, providing the approximate view from seats as well as players' eye views from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, the Stephen C. O'Connell Center and Alfred A. KcKethan Stadium.
The view includes icons indicating the nearest first aid, restrooms and telephones.
Fans also can get views from center court at the O'Connell Center, every player position on the baseball field, and from the "F" on the 50-yard line at Ben Hill Griffin, as well as from skyboxes and press boxes.
Ozean owner Alex Patton said his favorite view is from the "F," which he shot between the first and second quarters of the Florida State game.
"You can see (punter/kicker) Chas Henry looking at me like, 'What the heck are you doing?'" Patton said.
Ozean, a Gainesville company that provides internet programs for businesses, took more than 12,000 photos that were combined to provide 612 panoramic views.
"On a good note, I lost 8 pounds taking those photos," Patton said.
He said the company is receiving considerable interest from other athletic venues.
Though Ozean employees are UF alumni and fans, Patton said, "In this economy, we would even work with Auburn University. Call us."