Wondering what value signs add to athletics facilities? Beyond the obvious of improving the aesthetics, athletic signs can motivate, inspire, showcase, inform and honor. Some of the most rewarding jobs we have had the pleasure to complete are with our local schools and athletic facilities.
Signs offer may benefits to athletic organizations and sports facilities:
1. Donor Recognition
Many athletic programs and facilities are funded by private donors, alumni or local businesses. Signage plays a primary role in recognizing those donors for their contributions and support. St. Mary’s College in Moraga used dimensional letter signs on the exterior of the Player Development Center to honor its major funder. Scottsdale Swim Club incorporated local businesses into the new scoreboard with full-color logos below the digital display. Seven Hill School created a unique donor wall to give recognition to all the patrons who support the school.
2. Sponsorship Showcase
Athletic facilities can often present challenges for signage. They often lack traditional surfaces or standard sizes. We worked closely with the Ultimate Fieldhouse in Walnut Creek to create unique signs to fulfill sponsorship agreements. With 20-foot tall, open ceilings and basketball stations against ever wall, we had to get creative. We devised a banner with weights inserted into the lower edging that hung from the rafters. This 25-foot banner was sturdy enough to withstand impact from basketballs and predominately showcased the program sponsors. Similarly, we wrapped support beams with sponsor-branded impact pads that served a dual purpose of protecting the players and highlighting a key sponsor.
Signs can create motivation and inspiration within an athletic facility. These magnetic wall graphics at COPA soccer training facility feature full-capacity soccer stadiums across from the world. Talk about inspiration to become your best!
Carondelet High School in Concord needed some informational signs for its athletes and visitors. We worked with the athletic department and school facilities manager to create temporary and permanent signs. The stand-alone fabric banner in the weight room informed athletes of the equipment and programs at that location. These signs were light and portable to accommodate various locations within the room. The outdoor directional signs helped guide visitors to the location of the fields and courts throughout the campus.
5. Honor and Reward
Lastly, and most importantly, are the gymnasium banners that serve as timeless trophies for the championship teams. We’ve had the pleasure of working with many schools and universities throughout the Bay Area that honor their student-athlete champions with gym banners. Whether it’s a 6th grade cross country title at Orinda Intermediate School or an NCAA title at St. Mary’s College, these banners serve as sources of pride and unity for the entire student body.
Let us know how we can help with signage needs at your sports facility or athletic department. Give us a call to schedule a consultation!