A private, liberal arts university founded by the Jesuits in 1863 in Boston’s South End and now located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, Boston College is now home to over 9,000 full-time undergraduate students along with almost 5,000 graduate students. Fielding 31 varsity teams across men’s and women’s athletics, the Boston College Eagles compete at the Division I level in the Atlantic Coast Conference and Hockey East.
With a storied athletic history, Boston College has a plethora of championships, records, and successful athletes and coaches across many sports that deserve to be properly recognized. The main arena in Conte Forum, the heart of the Boston College Athletics program, is home to the men’s and women’s basketball and ice hockey teams, each with numerous accolades. Felt championship banners, moved from the demolished McHugh Forum and Roberts Center, have hung from the rafters of Conte Forum since it opened in 1988, displaying the success of each of the four teams.
Featuring former versions of the Boston College maroon and gold from decades ago, the Eagles were looking to give the Conte Forum rafters new life with championship banners more in line with the current BC branding.
After developing the final design, Boston College came to signage partner AMI Graphics for print production and signage installation services. The new championship banners were digitally printed on a soft knit cloth and matched to Boston College’s specific pantone colors. These cloth banners were double sided with the ability to display all accomplishments as well as to be viewed from either side of the facility. As an additional design element, the women’s teams’ accomplishments are displayed on banners with the gold background while the men’s teams’ accomplishments are featured on maroon banners.
Once the new championship banners were printed, AMI’s installation team removed the old, dusty felt championship banners and installed the sleek, new cloth championship banners in their place, instantly giving Conte Forum the look of a major renovation.
Along with highlighting conference and national championships, the new design allowed for more flexibility in being able to highlight individual player and coach accomplishments, and the new color scheme allowed for easy identification of men’s and women’s sports.
In addition to giving Conte Forum a fresh, new look, the modernized championship banners now serve as a centerpiece for championship celebrations and ceremonies inspiring past, present, and future Eagles.