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They have had to wait eight years for the technology to catch up, but at the NBA’s 2024 All-Star weekend at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the Celebrity Game (Friday 16 February) and the Saturday Night game (17 February) will feature an LED court.
Segments such as the 3-point competition, the dunk contest, the skills challenge and the shootout between Stephen Curry and Sabrina Ionescu will include displays of real-time, player tracking, graphics and animations on a special glass floor designed by German company ASB GlassFloor — two layers of safety glass, each 5 millimetres thick, laminated together. For more detail on the floor’s characteristics, see the original post on CBS’s NBA site. .
“It’s basically limitless. It’s essentially a huge television screen. So any graphics that you want, any design that you want, you can put it there.”Carlton Myers, head of live production and entertainment, NBA
The court’s capabilities will mostly be on show during the Celebrity Game, particularly during breaks in play. Some of the players will wear a Kinexon tracking device.
For logistical reasons, none of this technology will not be used in the All-Star Game itself, which will be played at the Pacers’ Gainbridge Fieldhouse, but it’s clearly going to feature more widely soon.