One of the most popular destinations inside T-Mobile Park has been refreshed for today’s fan experience with updated graphics, lighting and interactive features, powered by T-Mobile’s 5G network, for fans to share with each other in person and on social media.
The T-Mobile ‘Pen, located at field level in left and center field of the Seattle Mariners home ballpark, has always been a popular gathering spot for fans before and during games. Now, the T-Mobile ‘Pen has been refreshed with new attractions in partnership with the Un-carrier to give today’s fans the “event within an event” experience they’re looking for.
“People today want unique experiences they can share with their friends and family, whether that’s in person or on social media. Along with our partners at T-Mobile, we’ve updated the T-Mobile ‘Pen with a unique blend of art, sports and technology, powered by T-Mobile 5G, to provide an immersive experience that you might call The ‘Pen 2.0,” said Frances Traisman, Seattle Mariners Senior Vice President, Sales.
“5G will usher in a whole new era for live sporting events, and this is only the beginning,” said Neville Ray, President of Technology at T-Mobile. “Our customers throughout T-Mobile Park have access to incredible 5G speed and performance, with peak speeds topping 1 Gbps in places thanks to our super-fast Ultra Capacity 5G. We can’t wait for people to come experience it for themselves!”
As the 5G leader, T-Mobile will continue to partner closely with the Seattle Mariners to bring more 5G experiences to life and help fans see what the future of baseball could look like. From immersive AR delivering real-time player stats, live player POV camera feeds and more, 5G is already bringing fans closer to the action than ever before. This video of Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger outfitted in a 5G-connected player POV camera provides a sample of what fans can expect to see in real-time in the future thanks to 5G.
Three new interactive AR experiences inside the T-Mobile ‘Pen let fans put themselves on the field of T-Mobile Park or virtually transform themselves into a Seattle Mariners bobblehead, all of it sharable.
Batter’s Box lets fans virtually step up to the plate at T-Mobile Park and take their best swings against a virtual pitcher. When a pitch is delivered and the fan takes a swing, real-time camera vision technology, motion tracking and AR computing capture the motion and show it on screen. The fan gets to see their best swing and receives a sharable digital baseball card of themselves in action.
Strike Zone lets fans step onto a simulated pitcher’s mound to throw their best pitch. With the wind up and delivery, real-time camera vision technology, motion tracking and AR computing capture the fan’s body motion and show it on the screen. Fans will see a replay of their best pitch on the mound at T-Mobile Park, and get a sharable digital baseball card of themselves in action.
Bobble Booth gives fans the chance to virtually transform into a Seattle Mariners bobblehead. The hands-free booth guides through the steps of taking a headshot and selecting a bobblehead. A photo is then generated, which can be shared as a digital souvenir.
Player AR Features
The north wall of the T-Mobile ‘Pen features oversized posters of four Mariners pitchers: Norm Charlton, Randy Johnson, Bill Caudill and Kazuhiro Sasaki. By using the MLB Ballpark App Mariners AR feature, when a fan aligns their phone to the poster, they’ll see highlights of the player in action.
To ensure fans are able to take advantage of the full digital tech experience, 178 charging stations, including wireless charging, are located throughout the T-Mobile ‘Pen to keep the fans’ devices in the game.
The T-Mobile ‘Pen features murals by Seattle artist Jeff “Weirdo” Jacobson, who is known for his “post-internet hyper-realism” style. Weirdo’s inspiration for the tryptic installation is “rooted deeply in millennial culture and aesthetics.” The murals feature vibrant colors and graffiti-style lettering to represent T-Mobile Park and the fun of experiencing Mariners Baseball in the T-Mobile ‘Pen.
Lighting & DJ Booth
To further enhance the atmosphere, dynamic overhead lighting, leading from the entrance off Royal Brougham into the T-Mobile ‘Pen interior, can be programmed to respond to game action, set the mood or accompany music, including the new DJ booth, which also features lighting that’s programmable to the beat of the music.