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In the weeks prior to the superstars of tomorrow arriving to the Bertram Inn and Conference Center in Aurora, Ohio for the annual Rookie Symposium, the NFL and bluemedia were hard at work creating over 250 items to make the rookies feel right at home. Graphics ranging from inserts to cover the hotels existing fine art and 20 ft columns depicting last year’s rookie stars, to 30ft custom installed mesh banners around a glistening pool area, helped drive the point that these rookies were stepping into a whole new life. 3 bluemedia installers worked 2 long days to transform the Bertram into any NFL fan’s dream man(woman)cave, ensuring bluemedia’s “Make It Perfect” motto was clear in every piece they installed.
After the Rookies had gathered all of the information they could, they departed Saturday morning on their way to next stop, Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame. Waiting in the wings for the last bus to pull away was bluemedia, ready to remove everything so that the hotel could once again be open to the public. In fact, there was a wedding scheduled only hours after the Rookies pulled away. Since not many brides want graphics of football players in their wedding pictures, bluemedia made sure everything was down and gone before anyone else began their new life.
Many thanks to the NFL for allowing bluemedia the opportunity to shine for their new stars.
For the third time in California, bluemedia was contracted by the NFL to put the face on the EA Sports Madden Pig Skin Pro Am. The most famous football video game is celebrating its 25th year in existence and the only way to ring it in in style was to build the world’s first football field on the deck of an aircraft carrier. The chosen site to make history was the USS Midway in San Diego and it truly was a spectacle to behold. In less than three days crews from all over the country descended upon San Diego to pull off the impossible. Under the direction of the NFL bluemedia produced and installed over 17,500 square feet of our premium BMP 9oz. mesh vinyl to cover bike barricades, entrances, camera platforms, video board scaffolding and scoreboard platforms. The crown jewel of the project was a 30’ EA Sports Madden 25 logo with the NFL shield installed on the bridge of the USS Midway. Using 3M’s IJ180-C V3 vinyl with their Matte 8520 Laminate all those in attendance were impressed with how seamless the graphic integrated with the ship.
Many thought it was paint and even more people stopped to take pictures of it during and after it went up. In addition to outfitting the ship with graphics for both the Skills Challenge and Pig Skin Pro Am, bluemedia also retrofitted the roof top club of the Andaz Hotel in the Gaslamp District for the exclusive VIP party with celebrities, sponsors and NFL players. The entire space was decked out with Madden 25 graphics including the bottom of the pool which featured a 18’ wide Madden Logo made from bluemedia’s BMP Pool Bottom Graphic System. In total bluemedia had everything through pre-flight, production, finishing, shipping, installation and tear down in less than two weeks. Keep tabs on bluemedia’s Facebook page for the announcement of when the Skills Challenge and Pig Skin Pro Am will air and on what station.
For Michigan State, and TCU, the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl was the most important game of the season. Yet for bluemedia, making sure the game’s signage went off without a hitch was arguably just as important as the game itself. With a high profile event such as this where everything is on the line, failure is not an option. Behind the scenes and away from the public eye, our team rallied around making sure that each and every sign required for the big game came together flawlessly just as it should.
Our team even won praise for their work from ESPN’s sports business analyst, Darren Rovell, who was quick to point out just how stellar of a job bluemedia had done in branding the big game.
The road to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl began for bluemedia in September of 2012, when after an incredibly competitive RFP process, we were awarded the project. Success breeds success, and our proven track record as well as an incredibly comfortable familiarity with the arena from previous events definitely worked in our favor. When all was said and done, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl would go down as yet another great story to add to bluemedia’s long list of successes.
Located in the Legends Entertainment District, next to the Phoenix Convention Center, this new 3D billboard for Southwestern Eye Center stands proudly as a shining example of bluemedia’s dedication to strong partnerships and courageous innovation. Although many awe-inspiring displays can be found all throughout the Legends Entertainment District, this billboard makes history as the first sign in the area to make use of fully 3-dimensional design and construction.
This cutting edge billboard was first given life as the product of a brilliant collaboration between the expert staff at Legends Entertainment District, and Boyd Erickson, Senior Graphic Designer of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Together, they worked to develop an initial concept that would present the Southwestern Eye Center in a completely new and exciting way.
Once the concept for the billboard had been established, the expert team at bluemedia was brought in to help bring it all to life. Under the seasoned guidance of bluemedia Account Executive, Glenn Probert, and Structural Project Manager, Patrick Tennant, the project moved forward as the staff from Legends Entertainment District and bluemedia combined their resources to develop solid workable mechanical blueprints for the project’s success, as well as plot out an ideal course of action.
The biggest challenge of bringing such an innovative project to life was making sure that what worked so well in concept could actually be properly engineered. Once it was determined that the giant 3D glasses could properly float on a flexface without any issues, everything else magnificently fell into place.
The glasses themselves would go on to be constructed from ¾ inch plywood substrate mechanically attached to dense beaded sculpted foam, and then coated with polyurethane before being painted. The polyurethane actually encapsulated the ¾ inch plywood to create a very rigid and sturdy final product. For practical reasons in regard to transportation and install, these glasses would be split into separate and more manageable smaller pieces to be reassembled later during the install process.
Following the departure of all of the necessary pieces from bluemedia’s facility, it was time for bluemedia’s award winning install crew to do what they do best. Led by Field Operations Manager, Tug Orr, it took a team of R.C. Gile, Ricky Saucedo, Monte Wieseman, and Rick Pace a total of three days to complete the herculean task of making sure everything was properly up and running.
Many tasks were involved, and each had to be executed with flawless precision. With a structure this large, and this high up, there is very little room for error, and every small detail must be diligently accounted for. The previous banner that occupied the spot had to be carefully removed. A wooden template cut in the exact shape of the 3D glasses also had to be put up to ensure an accurate install. From here, 35 very carefully considered anchor points had to be marked on the wooden template in positions that would best support the stability of the structure. These points would then need to be drilled, followed by the gentle removal of the template. Once they had been assured that their anchor points had all been properly placed, the bluemedia install team would then need to put up the banner that would sit underneath the glasses. Finally, after all of this had been properly executed, the 3D glasses could be placed on top of the underlying banner as each piece was painstakingly connected one at a time to its assigned anchor points.
Spanning about a month from initial concept to final execution, this project upon its completion would be remembered as proof that from bold and innovative partnerships can come equally bold and innovative accomplishments. “At the Legends Entertainment District we pride ourselves in providing our partners unique out of home concepts. We know and trust that the bluemedia team can take our idea concepts and turn them into reality.” commented Judd Norris, General Manager of Legends Entertainment District.