Watch Amazon transform a 92-year-old diehard football fan’s home into a smart, immersive fan cave – About Amazon

September 13, 2022 by No Comments

There are superfans, and then there’s Lewis Lazarus. At 92, he has supported his beloved Los Angeles Rams for eight decades—including two when the team played in St. Louis—and has gone to some pretty astounding lengths to make sure he didn’t miss their games.

As a soldier in the U.S. Army, he once snuck out of his base in Fort Collins, Colorado, raced to LA in time for kickoff, and then returned for roll call on Monday morning. He has cheered on the Rams at 19 stadiums, and he and his late mother routinely made 150-mile round trips to home games.

“Sometimes when I’m struggling to fall asleep, I try to count back through all the places I’ve seen them play,” he said.

In February 2022, Lazarus was above the end zone at the Rams’ home, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, shouting “Hallelujah!” as his team scored a Super Bowl-sealing touchdown. The victory was also a fitting conclusion to his game-going days.

“The stadiums these days are just so huge,” Lazarus said, “and I can’t quite get around like I used to.”

But that doesn’t mean Lazarus needs to stop watching games in style, raucously celebrating every touchdown and turnover.

In a city full of celebrities, Lazarus is arguably the Rams’ No. 1 fan. His devotion to the team earned him a profile in the Los Angeles Times and attracted attention from Amazon, which begins streaming Thursday Night Football this week on Prime Video.

Amazon teamed up with rapper and TV personality Xzibit to trick out Lazarus’ fan cave in his Santa Monica apartment. Xzibit, a LA native and football fan himself, spent years tricking out cars, and is a master of turning the mundane into the fabulous. In August, he showed up at Lazarus’ door with a number of the latest Amazon devices to bring the superfan’s game experience to a new level.

A view of the space before.

A look at the fan cave after.

“I try to stay away from things I’ve already done before, but this was right on the nose of what I enjoy,” Xzibit said. “It’s about bringing joy to someone, and when I heard Lewis’ story, when I heard that he considers the Rams his family, I was all in.”

In addition to showcasing his lifelong dedication to the Rams, and to his late wife and children, Lazarus’ sun-splashed apartment is also a cozy memento of a life well lived. While long trips to see the Rams are no longer possible, until recently, Lazarus was an athlete himself. Dozens of his tennis trophies fill space between photos of family and friends. In the kitchen, beneath photographs of Yosemite National Park—one of Lazarus’ favorite places—placards memorialize his three holes in one.

But Lazarus didn’t have Wi-Fi, his television was small, and he had no way to listen to the jazz music he loves. That’s where Xzibit, his helpers, a truckload of Rams’ memorabilia, and Amazon devices came in.

With Lazarus at a suite in a nearby hotel, Xzibit and his team got to work upgrading his fan cave. They helped set Lazarus up with a Wi-Fi router and Amazon devices, and ensured the router would be able to handle all Lazurus’ streaming and bandwidth needs by installing …….



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