The Cleveland Cavaliers and the NBA have teamed up with PACE, a leader in digital 3D, to offer the â€œCavaliers 3D HD Experienceâ€ presented by FSN Ohio, the first-ever live game of The Finals in 3D HD. The groundbreaking free Watch Party for Cavaliers fans will take place at Quicken Loans Arena for Game 2 of The Finals between the Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, June 10th at 9 p.m. ET.
Throughout the Cavaliers playoff road games, watch parties at Quicken Loans Arena have become almost as exciting as a real home game as over 10,000 fans celebrated Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at The Q when LeBron James led the Cavs to victory over the Pistons in historic double overtime fashion.
The Cavaliers and FSN Ohio will provide fans with special 3D HD viewing glasses (as long as supplies last) to watch Game 2 live. Fans will see the most captivating and immersive image available in video today, with a unique depth of field perspective never seen before in sports broadcasting. FSN broadcasters Jeff Phelps and Austin Carr will do the gameâ€™s play-by-play action for fans watching in The Q.
Four special 3D HD screens, each 40 feet by 23 feet, will be utilized in The Q to provide all fans with a positive viewing experience. High-tech projectors, powered by DLP technology from Texas Instruments, will light up the screens. In the AT&T Center, four of PACEâ€™s specially designed Sports Fusion 3D HD camera systems will be utilized to capture all of the action on the court. Each 3D HD camera is designed with two HD cameras that work together to create one visual experience.
â€œThis is a great way to say thanks to our fans for all their support during the Cavaliers run to The Finals,â€ said Dan Gilbert, majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. â€œThis groundbreaking 3D HD event will provide our fans with a new way to experience the excitement of watching the game and make them feel like they are sitting courtside in the AT&T Center in San Antonio for the game.â€
â€œThe NBA is always exploring new and innovative ways for fans to consume our game,â€ said Steve Hellmuth, Senior Vice President of Operations and Technology, NBA. â€œAfter the success of our 3D HD viewing parties during NBA All-Star, we are excited that the Cavaliers and owner Dan Gilbert now want to provide their fans with this unique opportunity to view The Finals.â€
â€œAs the television home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, FSN Ohio is proud to present this unprecedented 3D HD television experience to Cavaliers fans,â€ said Steve Liverani, FSN Ohio senior vice president and general manager. â€œWe salute Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers for making this event possible.â€
The Q is the place to be for Cavs fans of all ages to experience the excitement of watching the Cavaliersâ€™ first appearance in The Finals together. In addition to interactive games, contests, prizes and concessions, the Cavaliers game entertainment troupeâ€”the Cavalier Girls, Moondog, Scream Team, and in-arena hosts Ahmaad and Nicoleâ€”will all be on hand to give the Watch Party the home court magic that will be felt from Cleveland to the Lone Star State!
During NBA All-Star in Las Vegas, the NBA featured the first-ever live sports event in 3D HD with viewing parties for NBA All-Star Saturday Night and the 56th NBA All-Star Star Game. The special viewing parties were held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and were open to a special invite-only list of NBA partners and guests. Now, for the first time ever, the doors will open for free to all fans in Cleveland to experience this revolutionary viewing experience while watching the Cavaliers take on the Spurs in Game 2 of The Finals 2007.