2014 can’t come soon enough for college football fans in South Carolina. USC will face Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl on January 1, and Clemson takes on Ohio State at the Discover Orange Bowl on January 3. For the fan lucky enough to attend, certain elements of Game Day are requirements:
1. Body paint in team colors
2. Uncle (his name here)’s famous chicken wings
3. Photos with Cocky or the Tiger (or a Badger or Buckeye, if you must)
These are aspects of the stadium experience that are available to everyone. Now, thanks to sports stadium and arena captioning, things like public address announcements or half-time ceremonies may also be enjoyed by the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community at sporting events across the country.
From the University of Arizona’s Sun Devil Stadium to the Washington Redskins’ FedExField, more and more sports stadiums and arenas are offering captions to their fans. In 2012, the University of South Carolina began captioning Gamecock football at Williams-Brice Stadium. A ribbon board below the “Beast Board” positioned on the right-hand side displays captions of the pregame show, the halftime show, announcers’ play-by-play, sponsors’ ads, and officials’ calls. CompuScripts Captioning is proud to be the captioning service provider for the Gamecocks.
“I am so excited about this addition to our football stadium,” said Dr. Karen Pettus, director of the office of student disability services at the University of South Carolina, in “Gamecocks Online.” “The addition of the closed caption ribbon board will ensure that everyone who attends a home football game has the full South Carolina game day experience. It is a pleasure to work with an athletics department that values the diversity of our university community.”
Sports stadiums and arenas that do not offer caption services are finding themselves under increased pressure to do so by advocacy groups such as the National Association of the Deaf. In September, NAD lawyers filed suit against the University of Maryland and several of its officials, citing “…a failure to provide captioning of announcements and commentary made over the public address systems during athletic events at Byrd Stadium and the Comcast Center.” The suit was filed on behalf of two Deaf fans who regularly attend University of Maryland sporting events. In 2010, pressure from the NAD was instrumental in Ohio State University’s agreement to provide captioning at its football and basketball games.
CompuScripts Captioning is experienced in providing the most accurate sports stadium and arena captioning and text-streaming services. If you are a representative of a sports stadium or arena and would like more information about our sports captioning services, please contact Deborah Dusseljee at 1.888.849.9698 or firstname.lastname@example.org