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Football’s canned atmosphere: how crowd noise is added to empty Premier League grounds

When Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling scored the first goal of the restarted Premier League season on Wednesday night, the cheer heard by viewers watching on TV came from a match played in the past.

With pandemic restrictions meaning fans aren’t allowed in the grounds, all fixtures for the foreseeable future will be played behind closed doors. Instead, TV companies are turning to technology to provide a virtual atmosphere (insert your own Arsenal joke here).

It’s in the game

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