Originally created 01/26/99

Computerized seats back at Super Bowl



MIAMI -- The week leading up to the Super Bowl can numb any brain with the sheer amount of wordage devoted to the game. Now some lucky folks can get information overload at the stadium as well.

More than 500 seats at Pro Player Stadium are being wired for touch-screen computers.

"It lets the spectator become the director of his own content," said Phillip Harris, spokesman for Williams, the Oklahoma company which developed ChoiceSeat.

Fans can watch the game from any of 13 camera angles, taken from Fox television's broadcast. Eight of the shots are available for replay on a continuous loop until the next play is ready.

They can also access up-to-the-minute game statistics, as well as season stats from any of the 30 NFL teams. Or they can match play-calling wits with other users with the QB1 interactive game.

If the game turns into a snooze, no problem. Just call up a selection from the NFL Films archive, play NFL trivia or order Super Bowl merchandise from your seat.

ChoiceSeat made its debut at last year's Super Bowl in San Diego. And it was used by baseball's San Diego and Tampa Bay team last season, including the Padres' playoff and World Series games.

About 350 units will be at individual seats Sunday. The rest are being installed in luxury suites and kiosks on the stadium concourse. The units were borrowed from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego and will be returned after the game.

HELICOPTER FOLLIES:

The Denver Broncos have this thing about helicopters during Super Bowl week.

While preparing for last year's game in San Diego, a helicopter from a local television station hovered over the Broncos' practice field for 15 minutes. The NFL was not amused and called the station.

On Monday, the Broncos have a workout and, lo and behold, what's flying toward them but another chopper.

This time, however, it didn't hover above the likes of John Elway and Shannon Sharpe.

"We almost shot it down," coach Mike Shanahan said.

No one was sure if he was kidding.

`GREATEST' REUNION:

This year's coin flip will feature 10 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who played in the 1958 NFL Championship between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants -- often called "The Greatest Game Ever Played."

The Colts won 23-17 on Alan Ameche's 1-yard run with 6:45 left in overtime.

Representing the Giants: halfback Frank Gifford, tackle Roosevelt Brown, wide receiver Don Maynard, defensive end Andy Robustelli, linebacker Sam Huff and defensive coach Tom Landry.

Representing the Colts: halfback Lenny Moore, end Raymond Berry, defensive end Gino Marchetti and defensive tackle Art Donovan.

POPULAR EXPERIENCE:

Nearly 40,000 people toured the NFL Experience during its first weekend at Pro Player Stadium. Sunday's crowd was more than 17,000.

More than 150,000 people are expected to tour the NFL's interactive theme park by next Sunday's game. After South Florida's last Super Bowl four years ago, NFL officials decided to add a second weekend so residents would have a better chance to see it.

QUITE THE SCHOLAR:

Arpedge Rolle, a senior at Miami Central High School, is the NFL's first scholar-athlete of the year.

The defensive lineman was all-Dade County with 112 tackles and 23 sacks in nine games this season. And he's a track standout, too -- state champion in the shot put.

Rolle has a 4.3 grade-point average and plans to enroll at the University of Florida.