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June 6, 2013
For immediate release
EUGENE, Ore. – Marking a breakthrough in sports and technology history, Thought Development, Inc.’s laser line system made its debut as an in-stadium visual enhancement of an athletic event at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Division I Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon’s historic Hayward Field.
The laser system generates a 4-inch wide green stripe that is safe, visible, and a helpful marker for all watching or taking part in events. It was used Wednesday in the long jump and shot put events in the men’s decathlon and in the women’s long jump finals to indicate the longest distance of the day. It also appeared on Hayward Field’s video monitor.
“The laser system has been demonstrated for the governing bodies of several sports and leagues and is now being implemented for the first time ever to delineate in an athletic competition,” said Alan Amron, the laser’s inventor. “We are grateful to the NCAA and TrackTown USA for being innovators. We know the laser will change the way people watch sports and we think our green line will soon be indispensible to people in the seats.”
“Since the days of Bill Bowerman, TrackTown USA has been committed to enhancing the experience of the athletes and the spectators,” said Vin Lananna, President of TrackTown USA and Associate Athletic Director at the University of Oregon, who is serving as the Championships Director for the event. “The technology developed by Thought Development, Inc., represents the next step in a long tradition of innovation in TrackTown.”
The 2013 NCAA Outdoor Division 1 Track and Field Championships, which run through Saturday, June 8, are televised by ESPNU and ESPN3. Competition began Wednesday, June 5.
The green line drew immediate notice and praise at the meet.
“The addition of the laser to the field events seems to be very popular with fans and athletes,” said Mark James, USA Track & Field Foundation board member. “I would like to congratulate Thought Development, Inc. for producing a first-class product.”
The laser system is presented by the in-stadium graphics division of Thought Development, Inc. (www.thoughtdevelopmentinc.com).
Contact: Larry Weisman, Director of Public Relations, Thought Development, Inc. (703) 899-8838 (mobile)
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