Liverpool FC’s famous Boot Room has been recreated in virtual reality by Laduma – much to the approval of club legends and fans.
The room was where Liverpool’s coaching staff masterminded the club’s most famous victories from the 1960s until the 1990s, before renovations at Anfield saw it demolished.
Liverpool-based immersive technology agency Laduma recreated the Boot Room for a recent fan event in the city.
The painstaking eight-stage process involved analysing photos and video of the room, before creating a replica 3D environment, including boots and balls, before adding lighting, shadows, textures, sound and archive video.
Former LFC player and manager Roy Evans was also consulted on the project to make sure that the creation was as authentic as possible.
The final piece of content – shown to former players and fans at a recent Kopmania event – saw Roy talking about Liverpool’s successes in the European Cup.
Former LFC goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, who watched the film, said: “Listen, the VR experience is absolutely fantastic. It’s given me some very good memories just watching that.”
LFC Legend David Johnson said: “That’s history and so to see that again in VR is great, for me as a memory, because it’s gone now.”
96% of fans who watched the experience at KopMania’s European Royalty event said they enjoyed the experience.
Comments from fans on the experience included: “Having Roy Evans talk while you’re in the Boot Room provides fans with a once in a lifetime experience.” and “Being able to look over your shoulder and see a full 360° of the room was unlike anything i’ve done before.”
Dan Rutstein, President of Laduma, said: “To be able to recreate such an iconic room for the most passionate fans in world football was an incredible opportunity. The attention to detail of the product our team created is remarkable. And getting a seal of approval from Roy Evans – who spent so many years working out of that very room – is the highest compliment we could receive.
The event also featured Laduma’s green-screen augmented reality technology, where fans could have their photo taken with a replica of the European Cup.