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2 April 2013, 1:01pm

Rugby first for Bath in 4D spectacular

Spectators at one of rugby union's most iconic grounds, The Recreation Ground in Bath, are being asked to wear cinema or TV 3D glasses to the home game on Saturday 6th April when, for the first time at an English ground the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final match against French side Stade Francais, will be available in real-time, high definition stunning 3D.

The Club also intends to test a 4D version of the technology at key moments in the game.

According to the Club, the technology has been available for some time but they wanted to wait until most people had easy access to specialised 3D glasses.

"What was complicated was making sure this kind of 21st century matchday experience was available from every seat in the ground," said David 'Flats' Flatman, ex-Bath and England player, "and is based on speed of light vision mixed with depth of field perception."

The Club will also test the very latest 4D technology but according to Flatman "the selection of fourth sense stimuli such as wind, rain, sleet or strong sunshine is cunningly randomised so as to give real surprise value throughout the match."

One area of concern is that the technology field leaks out beyond the ground itself, transmitting into the city centre and as far as the surrounding hills so residents and afternoon shoppers will also be able to access the high definition, 3D transmissions. "Obviously, we'd prefer to sell tickets but we're happy that this is high-tech experience is open to everyone within view of the ground, although the glasses would help," added Flatman.

"The Rec, is one of the oldest sporting venues in the country so for Bath Rugby to be able deliver this kind of technology is a real privilege" said Flatman.

Above you can see an example of how the game will look in 3D (if you pop on a pair of glasses), and Ross Batty and Nathan Catt modelling some of the glasses that supporters are being encouraged to bring along with them.

Tickets are still available for the quarter-final clash with Stade Francais this Saturday, kick-off 13.00, so contact the Ticket Office now on 0844 448 1865 or online here to book yours.

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