DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Thousands of tennis fans are flocking to Daniel Island for the Volvo Car Open. The tournament has added new features to make the experience for fans more interactive, with the help from a local company.
Will Jamieson, works for Stre.am, a local company that's created a live video platform. For the first time, The Volvo Car Open tournament is using it to live stream many of the matches.
"It's bringing fans who are on the outer courts a little bit of a better experience," said Bob Moran, tournament coordinator.
Stre.am has set up Android phones above many of the Volvo Car Open outer and practice courts.
"You can see the courts you want to see, the people you want to see play, it's fantastic," said , Diana Cignavitch, tennis player.
Users can watch the live video from the Stre.am website or by downloading their free app.
"For women sports, I don't think they get a lot of media coverage, co this keeps people in the loop," said Triah Richards, tennis fan.
While you watching their favorite players, users can chat with other fans in, real time.
"It's a great way to hear people's viewpoint you get to see comments and fun things that people thing," said Cignavitch.
Moran says the feature has been well received by fans so far this tournament.
"Fans are absolutely loving it and we're able to see that engagement on Twitter," said Jamieson. "Some of the players have even tweeted about it saying 'thanks Volvo Car Open, as well as Str.eam, for giving fans a more complete viewing experience'."
Volvo Car Open coordinators hopes that Stre.am can help them not only enhance the fans they've got at the tournament this year, but engage a new audience of tennis fans who are tuning in.
So far, more than 25,000 people have watched the live video stream of the tournament.