BIZPORT and Mactac Create a Big Splash for Virginia Beach Sports Center
With 285,000 sqft of space that includes 12 basketball courts, 24 volleyball courts, a 200-meter hydraulically banked track, seating for 5,000 spectators, and more, the state-of-the-art Virginia Beach Sports Center is Virginia Beach’s largest indoor sports complex. A newer facility, the building itself is impressive, but when the venue’s management team wanted to make an even bigger splash, Richmond, VA-based design and print agency, BIZPORT, was thrilled to be in on the action.
Backed by 30 years of expertise, BIZPORT prints and installs a variety of large-format graphics solutions. For this project, BIZPORT was asked to help create a statement-making graphic and apply it to a 26x75' interior wall at the Sports Center’s main entrance. BIZPORT knew Mactac’s (Booth N1443) IMAGin ROODLE was the way to go. After testing the material, the BIZPORT team printed the graphics edge-to-edge using one of the company’s Canon (Booth N1009) printers: the Canon Colorado 1650. The wave logo in the center of the graphic was plotter cut into a 12' decal. Two installers put the graphics up, overlapping each panel by 2", in just 3.5 days.
“ROODLE is a stiffer and dimensionally stable product, which helps with a large install that needs to be lined up,” says Andy Thompson, director of operations for BIZPORT. “During the installation, a panel got loose from the holding tape and fell to the floor. When bringing the panel back up, there were no rips or tears. Other materials would have ripped when mishandled like that, but not ROODLE.”
Even up close it’s difficult to see where the panel overlaps are located. Virginia Beach Sports Center was so impressed with the final project that the BIZPORT team is also reviewing other wide-format graphics opportunities.
ROODLE (RO628) is a 6-mil matte white, semi-rigid, multi-print media designed for wide-format solvent, UV, and latex printing, as well as screen and offset printing. It features a 90-lb. SuperFlat polyester-coated Kraft liner, and a removable adhesive that is suitable for smooth or tiled indoor wall murals or posters, indoor and outdoor signage, bumper stickers, and other removable graphics meant to be printed flush to the edge. It is phthalate-free and meets REACH and RoHS compliance.