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.
More on the event;
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.
Ian Ransley DESIGN
Ian Ransley is a Bay Area Graphic Designer and Illustrator who has designed some of the most popular large-scale sporting and corporate events in the world.