Rugby fans will get to make a splash in support of their team ahead of the third and deciding All Blacks and British and Irish Lions test at Eden Park tonight.

Air New Zealand will be hosting a #ProjectBlackout light projection at Eden Park for fans at the stadium and at home.

Supporters will be invited to grab a tin of virtual paint and throw it at the 28 metre long by 15 metre high stadium wall. Their choice of colour, black or red, will then be splashed onto the stadium in real time via eight projectors.

A gyroscope and accelerometer device inside the base of the paint tins will reveal the direction and force of the throw. The data will then be fed through a server that translates the movement into a visual graphic projection on the wall.


Fans watching from home will also be able throw virtual paint by using their Facebook account to log into the Air New Zealand website from 5pm.

Their Facebook profile picture will be beamed live onto the wall next to the paint splat they have 'created'.

All Blacks Lima Sopoaga, Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Wyatt Crocket were the first to test the technology at Eden Park yesterday.

The light projection will take place at the Walters Road entrance of Eden Park and will be seen by thousands of fans as they arrive from the Fan Trail via gate A.