How To Do Stadium Seating In Microsoft Teams

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Enabling stadium seating in Microsoft Teams is an incredible capability that brings the lively atmosphere of a live event directly to the virtual realm. As an avid user of Microsoft Teams, I have become well-versed in the process of configuring stadium seating and creating an immersive experience for my audience. In this article, I will walk you through the simple steps of activating stadium seating in Microsoft Teams, accompanied by my own reflections and observations.

Step 1: Creating the Team

The first thing you need to do is create a team in Microsoft Teams. This will serve as the virtual space where your event will take place. To create a team, simply click on the “Teams” tab on the left-hand side of the Teams app, and then click the “Join or create a team” button. Choose a suitable name for your team and select the appropriate privacy settings.

Now, here comes the personal touch – make sure to add a catchy description for your team that highlights the excitement and anticipation of the upcoming event. This will help generate interest and get people excited to join your virtual stadium seating experience.

Step 2: Setting up Channels

Once your team is created, it’s time to set up channels. Channels allow you to organize different discussions or topics within your team. In the context of stadium seating, it’s a great way to create separate spaces for different seating sections or categories.

To create a channel, click on the “General” channel under your team’s name and select “Add channel” from the drop-down menu. Give your channel a name that reflects its purpose, such as “VIP Section” or “Fan Zone.” Repeat this process for all the different sections you want to create.

Step 3: Inviting Participants

Now that your team and channels are set up, it’s time to invite participants to join your virtual stadium seating. Click on the “Teams” tab again, and in your team’s channel list, click the ellipsis (…) next to the channel you want to invite participants to, and select “Get link to channel.”

Personal tip: Instead of just sending a generic invitation link, craft a personalized message to each participant, highlighting their importance to the event and how their presence would elevate the experience for everyone involved. People love feeling valued and appreciated, so take some time to make each invitation special.

Step 4: Customizing the Layout

Now comes the fun part – customizing the layout of your virtual stadium seating! Microsoft Teams offers various layout options to make your event visually appealing and engaging.

To customize the layout, click on the ellipsis (…) in the meeting controls during your event and select “Meeting options.” From there, you can choose from options like “Together mode,” which places participants in a shared background, or “Large gallery view,” which displays up to 49 participants at once.

My personal favorite is the Together mode, as it creates a sense of togetherness and replicates the feeling of being in a real stadium with a crowd. However, feel free to experiment with different layouts to find the one that suits your event best.

Step 5: Engaging the Audience

Lastly, to make your stadium seating experience truly memorable, it’s essential to engage your audience throughout the event. Encourage attendees to interact by using the chat feature, asking questions, and providing opportunities for them to share their thoughts and experiences.

Another personal touch I enjoy is creating polls or trivia questions related to the event. This not only adds a fun element but also encourages active participation and keeps the energy levels high.


With Microsoft Teams’ stadium seating feature, you have the power to create an immersive and engaging virtual event that rivals the excitement of being in a physical stadium. By following these steps and adding your personal touches, you can bring people together, foster a sense of community, and deliver a memorable experience that will stay with your audience long after the event is over.