BCS game in 3-D coming to Stillwater

by Mel Bracht Modified: December 19, 2008 at 8:47 am •  Published: December 19, 2008
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photo - If you want to watch OU’s Sam Bradford, top and Florida’s Tim Tebow, above, square off in 3-D in the BCS title game Jan. 8, you’ll need to travel to Stillwater to do it. PHOTOS BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN, AND THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
If you want to watch OU’s Sam Bradford, top and Florida’s Tim Tebow, above, square off in 3-D in the BCS title game Jan. 8, you’ll need to travel to Stillwater to do it. PHOTOS BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN, AND THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
University of Oklahoma football fans will have to journey to Stillwater, of all places, to watch the 3-D telecast of the BCS championship game Jan. 8.

The Carmike 10, 1909 N Perkins Road, Stillwater, is the only Oklahoma theater that will be carrying the 3-D broadcast, which is going to 80 theaters nationwide. It will be the first major live sporting event available to the public in 3-D.

Suzanne Moore, a spokesman for Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp., said the Carmike 10 was the most prominent Oklahoma theater with the technology needed for the broadcast. Moore said requirements included having 2-D digital cinema with 3-D capability and a link to the satellite network.

Ticket prices will range from $18 to $22, Moore said.

The 3-D broadcast, which will use a separate announcing team, is being produced through a partnership involving Cinedigm Digital, 3ality Digital, Fox, Sony and RealD.

3ality Digital recently used a San Diego Chargers-Oakland Raiders game as a test-run for the technology. The showing at select theaters in New York City, Boston and Los Angeles earned rave reviews.

"It was fantastic,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Palm Beach Post. "You could see the passion of the players. There were a number of instances where the ball literally was coming right at you and you want to put up your hands to make a catch.”

Cinedigm also is carrying a 3-D broadcast of NBA All-Star Saturday Night in 80 theaters, including the Carmike 10 in Stillwater.

At least one Oklahoma City area theater, the Warren Theater in Moore, is offering a high definition broadcast of the BCS championship for $12.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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