Pac-12 and San Francisco 49ers to host technology summit

Pac-12, San Francisco 49ers and tech industry leaders to meet Dec. 4, one day before Pac-12 Championship Football Game at Levi’s® Stadium

SAN FRANCISCO—As technology revolutionizes sports for the fan, the athlete, and the people who organize the games, two of the Bay Area’s most prominent athletic organizations will host a sports technology summit featuring some of Silicon Valley’s -- and the sports world’s -- leading thinkers and academics.

“Igniting Innovation and Technology in Sports” will be held at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., the day before the Pac-12 Championship Game, the first time the game will be played in the tech-savvy new home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.

“Digital and other technologies are revolutionizing the way we watch, play, organize, train, and heal from playing sports,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “What better place than Levi’s Stadium, in the heart of Silicon Valley to bring together the best thinkers and doers from the tech and sports world? And what more appropriate college conference, than the Pac-12 – a Conference known for innovation and forward thinking, and home to so many world-class institutions on the cutting edge of technological research.”

Speakers and panelists at this year’s summit include executives from companies and organizations such as Facebook, Sporting Innovations, VenueNext, TIBCO, Tagboard, Yinzcam®, Stanford Graduate School of Business, among others.

And, Scott noted, “the 49ers are the perfect partners for this summit. Not only is Levi’s Stadium a cutting edge model, the 49ers have backed a venture, VenueNext, to bring these technological advances to other teams and their fans.”

Jed York, San Francisco 49ers Owner and CEO, said, “We are proud of what we’re striving to accomplish at Levi’s Stadium in helping fans engage in innovative ways, providing free high-speed Internet connectivity throughout the stadium and developing a mobile app that enables advancements like mobile ticketing and in-seat food and beverage ordering. We believe the organizations attending this conference have a lot to learn from each other to make the most of the rapid development of new technologies.”

Meeting – and Exceeding – the Expectations of a New Generation of Fans

Sports fans in Silicon Valley and around the country now expect their sports experiences to keep up with changing technology. Meanwhile, optimizing technology gives teams and their athletes a competitive edge, on and off the field.

But it can be a challenge to get the technology from the lab to the stadium. And, Commissioner Scott notes, the Pac-12 – with some of the leading researchers and tech incubators in the world among its member institutions – is in a unique position to help make it happen.

“We relish the opportunity to bring together some of the brightest minds in the sports and technology industries along with our academic institutions to discuss current trends and create a forum for solving important problems,” Scott said.

Additional coverage from the event will be available on Pac-12 Networks, Pac-12.com and LevisStadium.com.

Pac-12 Championship Game Dec. 5

The Summit will also serve as a backdrop for the Dec. 5 Pac-12 Football Championship Game. The game will mark the first time the Pac-12 has played its football championship game at a neutral site. This year, it will also be an important prelude to the new college football playoff. For more information and tickets to the Pac-12 Football Championship Game, visit pac-12.com/tickets.

About the Pac-12

The Conference has a tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” claiming an incredible 131 NCAA team titles since 1999-2000, including 10 in 2013-14. The Pac-12 has led the nation in NCAA Championships in 48 of the last 54 years, with 470 NCAA team titles overall. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities: The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. For more information on the Conference’s programs, member institutions, and Commissioner Larry Scott, go to www.pac-12.com.

About the San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers, owned by Denise and John York, currently play in the NFC West division and have won five Super Bowl trophies including Super Bowl XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV and XXIX. The franchise also has six conference championships and 19 divisional championships and was the first major league professional sports team to be based in San Francisco over 60 years ago. Please visit www.49ers.com and follow the 49ers on Facebook and Twitter @49ers.

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