Monday, September 24, 2007
I recently read about a sports related GIS analysis workshop,“Sleepin' at the Bowl: Best Locations for New Hotels for Superbowl XLV”, being presented by the University of Texas at Arlington Library .
The workshop will include a demonstration of how GIS can be used to analyze the number of hotels, rooms, and occupancy rates in Arlington, TX in order to identify the best location for a new hotel to help meet the demand for rooms and the influx of football fans. Hotel data from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and commercial property data from the Tarrant Appraisal District will be incorporated into the GIS analysis.
I believe that the use of GIS within the sports industry is still really an untapped sector and it's good to see it being implemented for a sporting event at the national level. Potential uses for GIS at actual sporting events could include everything from crowd control, security, and simplifying parking services to marketing sports paraphernalia or evaluating a player's on-field / on-court position against real-time data. Hopefully, with time, potential recognition, and ESPN's continual use of aerial view fly-overs of game/stadium/dome locations.... GIS will gain more popularity within the sports industry.