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ASU's Wells Fargo Arena was filled with sports fans this past Friday, but not to cheer on the Sun Devils' latest basketball game — or any traditional game for that matter. It was for the latest Emerge festival, which this year explored what sports might look like in the year 2040 — a future where technology and athletics are intertwined.
Visitors tried on gadgets that make movement easier, challenged an artificial-intelligence cheerleader to cheer them on as they played Tetris, tested their problem-solving skills in a Rube Goldberg room, faced off against wheelchair rugby players, watched two expert eSports teams take each other on (with the action projected on the scoreboard in the middle of the arena), took part in a Fantasy Football Draft Party (set in 2040) and more.