Tuesday, June 7, 2011 , Updated 12:00 p.m., June 9, 2011
First 3D projector in Texas shows NBA Finals games in Fort Worth
It's probably the next best thing to actually being at the game.
FORT WORTH In the heat of the NBA Finals, Frankie's Sports Bar and Grill in Sundance Square has been showing Dallas Mavericks/Miami Heat games on the only 3D projector in Texas. The 10-foot, silver-colored screen requires 3D glasses just like the ones in movie theaters, and it allows watchers to experience the game almost as if they were in the arena.
"It really does feel like you're there, watching it," said Lauren Kent, who donned the glasses to watch Game 3 at Frankie's. "People were more wound up and anxiety-ridden, probably more so because they felt so close to the game."
The projector is owned by Imlight Entertainment (of Imagine Media) and loaned to Frankie's for a demonstration period. It's been used only in California and Florida and was originally designed for use on the Michael Jackson tour, said Bill Katz, owner of Frankie's. Imagine Media is trying the technology out in commercial settings, like bars, to see how patrons react to it.
Frankie's in Fort Worth will have the projector until the last game of the series. It's free to grab a pair of glasses and watch the game, and there's enough equipment for about 150 people to watch.
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