The Jazz are testing new technology that would allow vision-impaired fans to better see their games at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
One of their first fans to do so is a boy named Landon Carter. Carter, 7, is legally blind, so he has sight, but his vision is extremely blurry.
According to KUTV, he was born with aniridia, which means he has no irises.
Carter got to see Game 3 of the Jazz-Clippers playoff series through special glasses that made everything clear by using LED screens to project things from a distance right in front of the viewer.
They look like this:
Carter, whose favorite player is Gordon Hayward, got to visit practice before the game, too. KUTV talked to him and his father, Jeff Carter.
He was outfitted with a pair of glasses, and it was clear what he was seeing was completely new to him.
“Yeah I can see that!” he announced excitedly to his father. He was able to read signs 100 yards away, and, for the first time, to see the ball go into the basket.
For Landon’s dad, he said it doesn’t matter to him who wins the game; what matters is his son gets to see it happen.
“It’s something, I’m getting choked up now,” Jeff said. “He hasn’t had that experience.”
This is the latest in moves teams are making to accommodate their fans with different needs. The Cavaliers have made Quicken Loans Arena into a sensory-inclusive arena by making adjustments and additions so fans with autism and other conditions that affect sensory perception can enjoy the games in comfort.
Good job, NBA. These steps help make sure fans with many different needs can all appreciate the sport.