Some NBA All-Star Weekend Events To Play On LED Glass Court
NBA All-Star weekend is going to be an interesting one. If you thought the In-Season Tournament courts were strange, it gets even more outside of the box. The NBA is set to play on an LED glass court for some All-Star Weekend events.
ESPN reported that part of the All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis, including the entire All-Star Saturday Night lineup, will be played on a state-of-the-art, full-video LED court that will be installed at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The 3-point contest, the slam dunk competition, and the shooting matchup between Stephen Curry and Sabrina Ionescu will take place on the glass floor on Feb. 17. Additionally, the celebrity game on Feb. 16 will take place on this unique court. Meanwhile, the All-Star Game itself on Feb. 18 will remain on a wooden court.
Carlton Myers, an NBA senior vice president overseeing live production and entertainment, told ESPN, “It gives us a little bit more range in what we can do as far as interactive graphics, reactionary graphics that happen on the floor, changing the floor design, changing the colors, really reacting to the play that happens on the court.”
According to the NBA, the court is actually two layers of laminated safety glass, each 5 millimeters thick. The surface is opaque, and LED panels will provide all the designs. The court will have a different look for each event. Part of what’ll be displayed are real-time game stats, replays, video content, and player-tracking animations. They said the surface plays almost exactly the same way wood does in terms of bounce and feel.
There are mixed reviews regarding the LED glass court. “What in the 2k,” someone asked, referring to the NBA 2K video game. Another person was more concerned about the safety surrounding the court. “Anybody sitting here wondering about players safety, glass cracking, and playing on blinding LED surface?” they wrote.
During the NBA In-Season Tournament, the looks of the courts caught the attention of many. CNN reported that this particular tournament was created to give a “mid-season boost” to the league. To add intrigue to the tournament, each of the 30 NBA teams had a distinct court design and jersey for games. This included the Chicago Bulls’ bright red courts to the New Orleans Pelicans’ purple and neon green scheme.
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NBA UNVEILS STATE-OF-THE-ART LED COURT FOR ALL-STAR 2024 EVENTS TAKING PLACE AT LUCAS OIL STADIUM— NBA (@NBA) February 5, 2024
The NBA today unveiled the state-of-the-art full video LED court that will be used for #NBAAllStar 2024 events taking place at Lucas Oil Stadium, which include the #RufflesCelebGame… pic.twitter.com/JzOLmFbgaK