Watch the Trojans Take on the Buckeyes in 3-D

ESPN to screen USC-Ohio State game in 3-D at Hurst theater


ESPN says it will test its ability to televise football games in 3-D with a special screening of the game between No. 4 USC and No. 6 Ohio State at three theaters on Sept. 12.

In addition to the schools' hometowns, ESPN will screen the game in 3-D at a theater in North Texas.

Tickets will be given away to North Texans listening to ESPN Radio 103.3 FM later this week. The screening will held in Hurst.

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USC and Ohio State hometown crowds in Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio, will also get a chance to score tickets.

The Galen Center on the USC campus in Los Angeles and a Columbus theater will screen the game. ESPN staff will also watch a screening in Hartford, Conn., near its Bristol headquarters.

The game will start at 7 p.m. and will also be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN HD.

The sports network owned by The Walt Disney Co. said crews will use seven 3-D cameras developed by Vince Pace and director James Cameron, capping off two years of research into how to apply 3-D technology to live game situations.

"The results of this research will enable ESPN to quantify what it takes to produce, transmit and enable the 3-D experience for our fans," said Anthony Bailey, ESPN's vice president of emerging technologies.

It marks the third 3-D test screening of a football game in the United States. In January, thousands of people in 30 cities nationwide paid about $20 to watch No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Oklahoma in a 3-D airing of the BCS championship game.

That followed the test 3-D screening of a game between the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers last December. Both previous shoots were handled by Burbank, Calif.-based 3ality Digital LLC.

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