During most of the 20th Century, college football glory was enjoyed by only a few, traditional powers – Alabama, Ohio St and Notre Dame, and a select few others. However, the game’s expansion and exploding popularity have enabled new powers to emerge on the scene. The University of Oregon, which has won consecutive Pac-12 titles and last season played for the national championship, probably best embodies the 21st-Century generation of powerhouses.
School officials learned that ESPN was bringing its College GameDay show, which airs Saturday morning on the sports behemoth and previews the day’s key games, to campus. They looked for an optimal spot to install a large graphic depiction of the school’s now-famous “O” logo. When the school’s athletic facilities proved to not be a match, officials settled on a large bank of windows on the school’s Lundquist College of Business. Lundquist officials contacted The Imagine Group (Eugene, OR) and its vinyl-graphics division, Imagine Graphics, to fabricate a vinyl graphics sporting the logo and install it onsite.
Chris Meeker, the company’s president, said the shop originally considered fabricating the graphic, which measures 12 ft. 6 in. x 15 ft. 3 in., as a cut-vinyl application. But, when its supplier couldn’t provide 48-in.wide media in the appropriate gold color to meet the frenetic, 48-hour turnaround, they instead decided to print the job.
The Imagine Group produced the job with 3M Controltac repositionable media on its Roland SolJet Pro III solvent-ink printer with Triangle Ink’s mild-solvent inks. To protect the “O”, Imagine Graphics coated the graphics with Neschen’s liquid laminate.
“This type of quick-turnaround jobs is always exciting,” Meeker said. “It hasn’t been decided, but we hope that it will remain on the school’s windows long-term.”
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