This was my 5th NHL outdoor hockey game as design lead of the 2015 game played at Nationals Ballpark in Washington D.C. It seems every year the number of days our design staff has to site vista, concept, present and present again and again to the lea due gets shorter and shorter. When this happens production times get tighter and there is no room for error but with these shorter timelines the chances of error double. WE don't have the time to proof and get physical proves back to us.
All in all it was a great design success. I was happy with 99% of it. The scope of the project entails covering the stadium field walls, multi-level fascias, any unapproved sponsors, the outdoor rink, entertainment stags, street banners, entrances, host hotels, a spectator plaza for fans, team suites, private parties and all retail venues. It's a massive design undertaking but we seem to pull it off with a quality design crew.
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The 2015 NHL Winter Classic was an outdoor regular season National Hockey League (NHL) game played on January 1, 2015, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The game, the seventh Winter Classic, matched the Chicago Blackhawks against the Washington Capitals; the Capitals won, 3–2, after scoring the go-ahead goal with less than 13 seconds remaining in regulation play. The game garnered an attendance of 42,832, and was televised nationally in the United States on NBC and in Canada on CBC.
The 2015 Winter Classic marked the Capitals' second victory in as many outdoor games (the first being in the 2011 NHL Winter Classic), and the Blackhawks' second loss in three outdoor games (the previous two being a loss in the 2009 NHL Winter Classic and a victory in the 2014 NHL Stadium Series). The game is one of two to be held outdoors during the2014–15 NHL season, the other being the 2015 NHL Stadium Series in February.
Working for Flying Colors/Moss Sports for over a decade I was involved in the design and redesign of the field level and fascia designs for the Allstate Sugar Bowl which has added to the success on ESPN.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Is Most Watched Cable Program Ever
Sunday, January 4, 2015
The 81st edition of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, which doubled as a College Football Playoff Semifinal on Jan. 1, was the most watched program in cable television history. The game, which saw Ohio State defeat Alabama, 42-35, on ESPN, delivered a 15.2 rating, averaging 28,271,000 viewers.
This year's game was the highest-rated Sugar Bowl since the 2000 contest when Florida State held off a furious charge by Michael Vick and Virginia Tech to capture the BCS National Championship. That game, broadcast by ABC, garnered a 17.5 rating.
The other half of ESPN's inaugural College Football Playoff Semifinal doubleheader, the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual, also delivered tremendous numbers. Despite being a lopsided 59-20 win for Oregon over Florida State, the game posted a 14.8 rating with an average of 28,164,000 viewers.
"These record-setting numbers illustrate the enormous fan interest in college football and the wide-ranging appeal of the new College Football Playoff format," said John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president, programming and production. "We are excited to build upon this success when we showcase the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship on ESPN on January 12."
Both games generated significant increases over the ESPN bowl games in the respective January 1 time slots a year ago: a 51 percent increase in viewership for the Rose Bowl Game (vs. 18,636,000) and 150 percent increase for the Sugar Bowl (vs. 11,304,000). The ratings rose 45 percent (from 10.2) and 130 percent (from 6.6), respectively.
ESPN programming now holds the largest 18 audiences in cable television history, and 36 of the top 40.
* The Sugar Bowl now stands as the best college football game ever on WatchESPN based on unique viewers and minutes viewed. Check out the article:
Ian Ransley DESIGN
Ian Ransley is a Bay Area Digital Artist, Graphic Designer and Illustrator who has designed some of the most popular large-scale sporting and corporate events in the world.