Facebook, Turner Sports Bring Virtual Reality, 360-Degree Video to NCAA Final

The winner of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship tournament will also be crowned in virtual reality Monday night.

The winner of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship tournament will also be crowned in virtual reality Monday night.

Facebook announced that it teamed up with Turner Sports to present the first-ever VR live-stream of the national championship game, and the social network’s Oculus VR unit will present the game—pitting North Carolina against Villanova—with an 180-degree courtside perspective, including a scoreboard and live statistics.

Turner Sports will also upload 360-degree highlight videos to the official NCAA March Madness Facebook page.

The two teams competing for the title have seen engagement soar since the tipoff of the NCAA tournament, with viewership for videos posted by Villanova soaring from 26,000 to 79,000 for its latest Facebook Live post, and North Carolina seeing six-figure viewership of every one of its Facebook Live offerings, the social network said in an email to SocialTimes.

Facebook added that 23 teams in this year’s tournament, including all of the Final Four squads, uploaded Facebook Live videos, as did Fox Sports and CBS Sports.

Finally, the social network shared its top Facebook Live moments from this year’s version of March Madness:

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