Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ask Bryant Park: Why Don't You Show Sports Games on the Film Fest Screen?

In the Ask Bryant Park series, we hope to shed light on questions the public frequently pose to us about the park. If you have a question you'd like us to cover in this series, please comment below or email us at 

The last month or so has been an incredibly exciting time for sports fans of all persuasions, with the Rangers making their way to the Stanley Cup Finals and the FIFA World Cup. We've recently fielded questions about why we don't show sporting events on the screen that we use for the Film Fest.

The most important reason why we can't show these games is simple: the Film Fest screen is not digital. The Film Fest screen is a blank wall onto which the picture is projected, which means that the surrounding environment needs to be dark in order to see the picture. That's why movie theaters are dark, and that's why our HBO Film Festival screenings start 30 minutes after sunset. If we were to try to play the FIFA World Cup matches, which all air while the sun is shining here in NYC, the picture would be impossible to see. And where's the fun in that?

For the World Cup, we've been able to compromise by showing the games at the Southwest Porch on a 55 inch television screen. We are trying our best (and on the whole, succeeding) to show the games consistently. Unfortunately, because the TV setup puts delicate equipment and fussy cables in an outdoor setting, humidity and the elements have been able to interfere with 2 or 3 games we've tried to screen. Rest assured we are working through the issues in an effort to bring you a fantastic viewing experience.

We agree that the Film Fest screen would be a great size for watching these sporting events, and we hope you now understand why we are not showing the games in the Lawn area!

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