Just in time for the Super Bowl, Facebook is launching an online sports hub where you can root for your favorite team with friends and talk trash with rival fans during major sporting events.
It’s called “Facebook Sports Stadium," a virtual gathering place for following and discussing big games in real-time. The company is rolling the product out Thursday for American football games, with plans to expand it to other sports around the world, including soccer and basketball.
Facebook says Sports Stadium will be a place where you can get live scores and updates, swap game commentary and read posts from expert outsiders like teams and journalists.
"With 650 million sports fans, Facebook is the world’s largest stadium," Facebook Product Manager Steve Kafka said in a company post.
“Now we’ve built a place devoted to sports so you can get the feeling you’re watching the game with your friends even when you aren’t together.”
It’s sort of like Moments, a feature launched last fall by Twitter that curates tweets, images and videos about the day’s most talked-about events — only Sports Stadium will be dedicated solely to sporting events.
Facebook says Sports Stadium is available now for iPhone users in the U.S., which theoretically means it'll be put to the test this weekend for the AFC and NFC championship football games. You can access it by searching for an individual game.
The feature will be expanded to other mobile platforms in the coming weeks, Facebook says.