Remember how cool the pre-game and halftime shows were during Zydrunas Ilaguaskas’ jersey retirement ceremony? It appears that the Cleveland Cavaliers will continue utilizing that same in-arena projection technology on what’s believed to be a nightly basis through the 2014-15 season.
As part of a larger set of changes to the team’s game presentation this season, the Sixers will join the New Jersey Devils and Cleveland Cavaliers in becoming the first professional sports teams in the nation to adopt the cutting edge projection-mapping technology permanently.
The Cavs were widely praised for their use of the technology during the March 2014 retirement ceremony of Ilgauskas’ No. 11 jersey, but had stated that the 3-demensional projection system was too costly to use on an every-game basis. According to Quince Imaging CEO Scott Williams (via Slate), the system incorporated 20,000 lumen HD projection systems in four quadrants on the court, and then used powerful media servers to knit the entire 4K ultra-high resolution production together.
For a reminder of just how cool the player introductions this coming season will be, here’s a video reminder of last year’s pre-game production in anticipation of the homage to Big Z.