Cyclone Football Goes Virtual Reality For Recruiting

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AMES, Iowa- The Iowa State University Cyclones Football team has a new recruiting tool, which takes potential ISU students and team members into a Game Day experience at Jack Trice Stadium.

Head Coach Paul Rhoads had heard about the use of virtual reality in sports training.  He had an idea, not so much for training, but for recruiting.

"Iowa State is a place on the cutting edge of technology, including the development of the computer,” said Gerritt Chernoff, ISU Director of Player Development. “The C6 says something about the kind of education students get at Iowa State."

The display is run by 48 high-powered computers linked together to play a scenario of the opening of a game day at Jack Trice.  That includes marching band members, players running onto the field, and some actual football plays.

The opposing team is not named, but is wearing black jerseys and gold helmets.

Recruits are given access to the C-6 game day experience on official campus visits.  Some potential recruits view the experience with some reality goggles on a program run  on a laptop.

“This result is important because it addresses the potential value of the ‘immersion’ effect afforded by virtual reality,” said James Oliver,Director of the Virtual Reality Application Center, at Iowa State University.  Oliver added there are many applications for this type of technology.
"We’re able to utilize our virtual reality department to see what game day’s like to be in Jack Trice Stadium with the fans there, said Chernoff.  “Our target demographic loves video games, they love playing Madden and all those type of games."