Baseball Hall of Fame Partners With IMAX and MLB Advanced Media for Interactive Traveling Exhibit
The tour will kick off in spring 2016 and eventually hit every major league city after three years.
To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is partnering with IMAX and MLB Advanced Media to bring its historic exhibits to fans using cutting-edge technology, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Starting spring 2016, the Hall is embarking on a nationwide tour featuring a mobile IMAX theater that will screen an original film celebrating baseball’s past, present and future.
“It’s something we’ve never done before,” says IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster. “We’ve done massive amounts of research to prove we can do it. It’ll be a theater on the road. When we come to Cincinnati we’ll take it out of the trucks and build it up, and after two to three weeks we’ll pack it up in the truck and take it to Milwaukee.”
Currently under development are installations that will use digital imaging to allow fans to take “virtual batting practice” with past and current pitching greats and to compare their baserunning and fielding skills alongside legendary plays of the past.
“We can take tracking that we’ve developed and retrofit it against video of these great players,” says Bob Bowman, president and CEO of MLB Advanced Media. "Our hope is to actually show how fast they ran and see just how great these players of yesteryear were.”
The tour will visit 10 major league cities, plus one spring training site, per year, stopping in the host cities for all 30 franchises after three years. Over the next three years, from the 2019 through 2021 seasons, the tour will return to the cities that experienced highest demand as well as visit large Minor League markets. A “Hall of Fame bullpen,” wherein fans can meet and interact with star players, managers and owners, will be customized for each city.