The sporting world is slowly but surely making a return after the COVID-19 pandemic forced all events to be put on hold. However, while our favorite athletes are returning, fans are still not allowed to enter stadiums and grounds, which can result in a less than ideal atmosphere.
To solve the problems of a lack of atmosphere, and add some life back into the game, a Japanese baseball team named ‘Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ have decided to fill their empty stadium with dancing robots.
Two different types of robots were used in the demonstration, which took place before their most recent Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) game against Rakuten Eagles. The robots used to perform the dance, which is normally performed by Hawks’ fans before games, included our favorite yellow robot-dog from Boston Dynamics, and a more humanoid robot called Pepper.
Take a look at the performance below:
Unfortunately, it seems as though these robotic fans won’t be attending any more live games anytime soon, but fans will be happy to be back. According to JapanToday, As of Friday 10 July, up to 5,000 spectators will be allowed to attend professional baseball and soccer games in Japan as a result of eased restrictions.