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NBA to Play on LED Glass Court for All-Star Weekend Events

All-Star weekend in Indianapolis to feature NBA games on an LED glass court. State-of-the-art full video LED court to be installed at Lucas Oil Stadium. Skills competition, 3-point contest, slam dunk competition, and shooting matchup to take place on the glass floor.

In an unprecedented move, the NBA is set to showcase its talent on a glass court for the first time ever. As part of the upcoming All-Star weekend in Indianapolis, several events, including the highly anticipated All-Star Saturday Night lineup, will take place on a state-of-the-art, full video LED court. The court will be installed at Lucas Oil Stadium, providing a unique and visually stunning experience for fans.


The glass court will host the skills competition, the 3-point contest, the slam dunk competition, and the shooting matchup between Stephen Curry and Sabrina Ionescu on February 17. Additionally, the celebrity game on February 16 will also be played on the glass floor. However, the actual All-Star Game on February 18 will remain on a traditional wooden court.


The introduction of the LED glass court opens up a world of possibilities for the NBA. Carlton Myers, an NBA senior vice president overseeing live production and entertainment, expressed excitement about the interactive graphics and floor design options that the court offers. The LED panels will allow for real-time game stats, replays, video content, and player tracking animations, enhancing the overall viewing experience for both spectators in the arena and those watching from home.


The innovative court is developed by ASB GlassFloor, a German company that has previously been approved by FIBA, the sport's governing body, for usage in top-tier competitions starting in 2022. While the exact cost of the court has not been disclosed, it is known to be more expensive than a traditional wooden surface.


The NBA has been exploring the idea of using the LED glass court for some time. Prior to its implementation, Andre Iguodala of the National Basketball Players Association and Joe Dumars, the NBA's executive vice president for basketball operations, tested the court to ensure its safety and performance.


The court itself consists of two layers of laminated safety glass, each five millimeters thick. The surface is opaque, with all designs and graphics provided by the LED panels. Despite its unique composition, the glass court offers a similar bounce and feel to traditional wooden courts, ensuring that players can perform at their best.


With the introduction of the LED glass court, the NBA is pushing the boundaries of innovation and providing fans with an unforgettable visual experience. The upcoming All-Star weekend promises to be a showcase of talent, skill, and cutting-edge technology.

 
  • All-Star weekend in Indianapolis to feature NBA games on an LED glass court

  • State-of-the-art full video LED court to be installed at Lucas Oil Stadium

  • Skills competition, 3-point contest, slam dunk competition, and shooting matchup to take place on the glass floor


Source: AP NEWS

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