April 2017

Boston Marathon Finish Line Event Signage

Event Signage Shines at the 121st Boston Marathon

Spring in New England can be very unpredictable but despite the minute to minute changes in weather patterns, there is one constant – the Boston Marathon. Rain, shine, or snow, the Boston Marathon, managed by the Boston Athletic Association, has been run every Patriot’s Day since 1897. For the 9th consecutive year, the AMI Graphics Events Team spent the week on-site in Boston preparing and installing event signage for the world’s most prestigious and inspiring marathon. Check out a full highlight video here.

On Thursday prior to the marathon, installations begin with the cloth banners to brand the iconic photo bridge. This year saw the introduction of a custom aluminum frame system built by AMI that allowed the scaffolding to be tightly covered with printed cloth for a clean and polished look. Cloth banner sponsor signage on a similar frame system was then installed over the solid blue banners to help them stand out.

Boston Marathon Photo Bridge Cloth Banner Install

Boston Marathon Fabric Banner Installation

Boston Marathon Fabric Sponsor Banner

Boston Marathon Photo Bridge Fabric Banners

Event mesh banners were also installed on the railings and backs of the spectator bleachers along Boylston Street leading up to the finish line as well as vinyl banners along the fronts of the bleachers showing off the Boston Marathon and various sponsor logos. 

Event Mesh Bleacher Banners

Boston Marathon Event Mesh Bleacher Banners

Boston Marathon Finish Line Vinyl Banners Install

Boston Marathon Finish Line Vinyl Banners

On the Saturday before the marathon, the Boston Athletic Association puts on a popular 5K race starting and finishing at Boston Common. Event signage for this race includes: event mesh banner to brand metal crowd control barriers, truss signage for the start/finish line, sponsor signage, and operational race signage throughout Boston Common such as wayfinding signage, registration signage, maps, and more.

BAA 5K Event Signage Installation

BAA 5K Event Mesh Banner Installation

BAA 5K Sponsor Markers and Event Mesh Banners

BAA 5K Event Signage

On Marathon Monday, the start line in Hopkinton also hosts the Athletes’ Village where thousands of runners congregate to wait for the start of their wave. Due to their height and high visibility, feather flags are used for event branding to attract runners’ attention to certain areas and to add to the festive atmosphere.

Boston Marathon Athletes Village Feather Flags

Vinyl banners are used in conjunction with a metal conduit system to clearly and easily mark and brand standard white rental tents.

Boston Marathon Info Tent Vinyl Banners

A branded vinyl banner was used to cover the scaffolding of the starter’s platform. 

Boston Marathon Starters Platform Vinyl Banners

Surrounding the actual start line, event mesh banners line crowd control fencing in the runner corrals, while custom towers with dimensional signage mark official line and sponsor signage follows the chute for the runners’ lead up to the start line and first hundred feet of the race.

Hopkinton Event Mesh Banners

Boston Marathon Start Line Tower Signage

Boston Marathon Start Line Sponsor Boards

The Boston Marathon course is famous for traversing through eight towns stretching from Hopkinton to Boston, and it’s a major accomplishment on each runner’s checklist every time they cross into a new town. To mark each crossing, Adidas, a key sponsor to the race, sponsors wind flags at every town line to let runners know that another milestone has been met. Wind flags provide height and visibility for the runners to see as they approach while being able to stand up to almost any weather condition that April in New England can deliver.

Boston Marathon Town Line Feather Flag Brookline

Boston Marathon Town Line Feather Flags Natick

Boston Marathon Town Line Feather Flags Wellesley

New to the on-course signage this year was a larger than life street graphic with the Boston Athletic Association unicorn marking one mile left to go in the race. This area was also sponsored by Citgo as mile 25 of the Boston Marathon falls at the iconic Boston Citgo sign. This area also featured Citgo-sponsored feather flags.

Citgo One Mile to Go Boston Marathon Street Graphics

Also new this year was a sponsor activation for Abbott World Marathon Majors on the cement barricades coming out from the Mass Ave bridge, which is one of the last milestones before the final turns of the marathon. This sponsor signage featured the Abbott World Marathon Majors logos alternating with the Boston Marathon and John Hancock logos.

Abbott World Marathon Majors Boston Marathon Signage

Complementing the photo bridge branding installed on Thursday at the finish line, cloth banners were also used in an aluminum channel frame system constructed for the 2016 Boston Marathon that creates a chute of sponsor and branding signage leading into the finish line. This provides prime visibility for the Boston Marathon brand and its token sponsor, John Hancock, while also dressing up unsightly crowd control barriers.

Boston Marathon Finish Line Fabric Banner System

Womens Winner Boston Marathon Event Signage

The custom podium, representing the olive branch wreath worn by the winners, that was introduced for the 2016 Boston Marathon was back again this year creating an eye-catching focal point to the finish line, in addition to the photo bridge, along with dimensional signage featuring the full Boston Marathon logo and a media backdrop for photo and interview opportunities.

Boston Marathon Podium Dimensional Sign

Boston Marathon Podium and Finish Line

Boston Marathon Logo Custom Dimensional Sign

Boston Marathon Finish Line Media Backdrop

While the elite runners are racing, a viewing party is held at the Westin Copley Place for their family and friends. Signage was installed for the party to help bring the atmosphere of the race inside. Branded signage included wall murals and custom dimensional signage.

Boston Marathon Hotel Signage Wall Murals

Boston Marathon Hotel Event Signage Wall Mural Installation

We are as honored this year as we are every year to provide the road race signage for such a prestigious event and look forward to many more years of successful events with the Boston Athletic Association.





Event Signage
Boston Marathon
temporary signage
Temporary Signage
Vinyl, Cloth, and Mesh
Advertising Flags
URI Wall Murals Ryan Center

Project Highlight: University Of Rhode Island Ryan Center Wall Murals

At the University of Rhode Island, the Rams have access to some of the most impressive facilities in the northeast. One major addition to the URI campus has been the state of the art Thomas M. Ryan Center. Not only does this facility host the men's and women’s basketball teams, but it also includes the football team’s locker room, team rooms, and the athletic department offices. The Ryan Center can hold close to 8,000 fans and has the ability to host not only athletic competitions but also events and concerts.  

URI Wall Murals Ryan Center

When the facilities team at URI wanted to give the blank walls a facelift, they called on the team at AMI Graphics to make the most of the space. AMI was given measurements from the Rams facilities team and went to work designing custom adhesive wall murals to help brand the empty spaces and add school branding.

On the wall murals, all the teams who call the Ryan Center home were showcased, including the men's basketball, women's basketball, and football teams. The murals also showed off the Alex and Ani court where basketball games are played and the students of URI cheer on their team with passion. The final result was installed surrounding the Athletics Hall of Fame, where fans can see past athletes who have had an impact on the URI programs.

URI Ryan Center Before

URI Wall Mural

In addition to the wall murals surrounding the Hall of Fame, concession signage and branding was refreshed around the different food options on the concourse. Above the main concession stands, adhesive murals were installed showing the style of food and adding branding. In a Dunkin Donuts location inside the Ryan Center, adhesive wall murals were added as sponsor signage to add to the ambiance of the kiosk.

Ryan Center Food Signage Before

URI Ryan Center Install

Above the food vendors on the larger portion of the wall, different comedians who have performed in the past at the Ryan Center were shown, including major names like Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart.

URI Comedian Wall Mural

AMI’s installation team traveled to Kingston, Rhode Island to install the adhesive wall murals and were able to make quick work of the job, finishing the project seamlessly in less than a day.

Ryan Center Install

Ryan Center Install

Ryan Center
wall murals
University of Rhode Island
wall graphics
Wall Murals
Concession Signs

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