The Client

Located on the campus of Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ, the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center’s mission is to sustain and promote values of respect, perseverance, sportsmanship and excellence through inclusive, culturally diverse sports-based educational exhibits and programs. It is a unique and engaging setting that reflects the good nature, humor and humility of the “accidental philosopher” that it is dedicated to.

The Challenge

One of the most popular attractions in the museum, The “PITCH!” immersive experience was intended to excite visitors of all ages.  It needed to allow them to face off against an animated batter and catcher, track the ball’s velocity and accuracy, then respond with a “strike” or “ball” call, along with an apt “Yogi-ism”.  James Sprayberry, TRITECH’s NJ office’s GM, worked hand in hand with exhibit designers Responsive Spaces, to develop and implement the technology and environment for the PITCH Experience.  James faced a multitude of challenges along the way: what type of ball would provide the most accurate experience, what type of glass would best protect the video displays, which netting was safest yet allow maximum visibility.  Other areas in the facility presented different challenges like isolating exhibit audio, providing clear sight lines and controlling lighting intensity and directionality, all of which James and the rest of the design team took on.


Project Team

Project Manager

James Sprayberry

The Solutions

TRITECH provided a wide variety of components for the PITCH Experience that were seamlessly integrated to create an attraction that is fun, safe, portable, user-friendly and maintenance free. James’ intimate knowledge and passion for the game not only gave him additional insight into how to make the attraction realistic but made the project a lot of fun for him and the TRITECH Team.

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