Could 3D Hockey Fill Vacant Arenas?

Sports on television.  Amazing.

Color.  Wow; it looks like real life.

Digital Cable.  Less fuzzy.

HDTV – wow that looks awesome.  Is that the grass growing?

With technology pushing the envelope we are now entering the world of 3D Sports.  Can it work?  It has already seen some success – but it will all depend on how it is presented.

I talked with Sue from DucksDailyBlog, Frank from TheRatTrick, and Nathan from Predlines.  All had differing views on it.

Frank attributed the gimmick to the FoxTrax glowing puck.  Needless to say he didn’t like my idea.  I am beginning to think that Frank just doesn’t like me period.

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Sue pointed out that it is in all how it is presented.  If its shot in 2D or with standard lenses and then turned into 3D – it presents a less than realistic appeal.

I will have to take her word for it, the world of 3D is lost to me when I put those glasses on.

Nathan agreed with me, in some respect.  Nathan suggested using the large video boards in every arena – and showing a 3D image on one side, and a standard image on the other; and allow fans to generate revenue for the team by drastically reduced ticket prices and open concession stands.

My idea is this.  Most teams have played with projection systems that display video images on the ice.   Why not develop 3D technology that will display a 3D image onto the ice. Now I know that not every arena has the same ice surface, but its all relatively the same size, and a little tweaking is in order; but couldn’t you just fathom the day when you could head to HSBC arena and watch Thomas Vanek skate blue line to blue line – except he was actually doing it in Boston?

One could easily make the argument of who would head downtown to watch an away game at the arena?  Well we have proven that we can and will, fill large areas to watch a game on television.  Remember ’99 when the Sabres met the Stars for the Stanley Cup?  I remember watching a very full Dunn Tire Park (now Coca-Cola Field)  rock just as hard as the Arena that night.  Party in the Plaza sans tent?  We filled it.  There’s a market for it, the NHL just has to find the right gimmick.

I know it sounds a little futuristic and star trekky, but honestly, how far are we away from seeing this?

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