Supporters of Durham's application for the national Google Fiber project gathered at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park this afternoon to spell out the company's name on the baseball outfield.
A photographer in a plane was schedule to fly over the field around noon to take a photo of the assembly. According to Sam Poley of the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau, more than 700 people turned out for the event. There weren't quite enough people to spell "We want Google," he said. Just the word "Google." The "We want" part will be added as text, said Poley, who is part of a committee working on Durham's bid for the Google Fiber project. He hopes to release a photo shortly.
Durham is among hundreds of towns and cities nationwide who are vying for Google's attention and hoping to lure the company to install fiber-optic networks that would allow for Internet connections at extremely high speeds.