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After Hour: ASU professor wants to shake things up at Sun Devil Stadium

ASU geophysicist wants to measure earthquakes produced at football games


Graphic published on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.

Edward Garnero is a geophysicist and professor at ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration –he has an idea to shake up Sun Devil football games.

The professor is planning to install seismometers underneath Sun Devil Stadium in an effort to track and record the earthquakes that rowdy crowds produce in real time. The data will then be used to produce an interactive experience on the stadium’s jumbotrons. 

“How cool would it be if we had a seismometer under the stadium, and we were able to put it on the jumbotron when there’s a replay of a big play,” Garnero said.

Garnero says the earthquake magnitude and a shaking seismometer would be shown along with replays.

“Whether or not the crowd is thinking (about) geology and earthquakes, there’s just engagement.” Garnero said. “They’re like, 'oh wow, I’m going to jump more for this next big play because I’m fired up.'”

Garnero joins After Hour this week to discuss this concept and the likelihood of geological dangers in Arizona and beyond. He will soon meet with athletic officials to further discuss implementing the idea. So far, he says he has received positive feedback from officials. 

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