Football fans accustomed to sitting in the stands can now see firsthand what it’s like to be on the field, and flying above it thanks to the innovative use of a camera by a cheerleader at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
LSU junior and cheerleader Sadie Landrieu strapped on a GoPro camera along with her skirt and pompoms for the school’s Nov. 25 home game against Southeastern Conference rival Arkansas in Baton Rouge.
The 90-second video of her efforts gives a dizzying, birds-eye view of what it’s like to be on the field in front of more than 90,000 die-hard, collegiate fans, and what it’s like in the final seconds before a team of hungry, game-ready football players runs onto the field behind you.
Landrieu’s perspective also shows what it’s like to be a “flyer,” the young woman who stands on top of the pyramids and gets thrown into the air. She’s thrown into the air and back down to earth several times, all with the roar of the fans behind her.
The idea to capture Landrieu’s game-day experience came from fellow student Chris Parent, a student photographer in the university’s athletics department.
“Myself and a few friends were sitting in our office before a football game and trying to come up some ideas for new things we could do,” Parent said. “And the idea was born to put it [the GoPro camera] places that we can’t be or couldn’t reach.”
Landrieu wore the Go Pro HD Hero2 camera using a chest mount, and Parent built the footage into a YouTube video that has now been viewed more than 300,000 times.
Adding to the experience, and the drama, captured on-camera is the frenzy of the pre-game hype among fans rooting on their LSU Tigers, currently the top-ranked college football team in the nation.
Parent and Landrieu also picked a good game to record. The Tigers walked away with a 41-17 win.