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How The Winter Olympics Rely on LED Signs

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are just getting started, and people from around the world can’t wait to begin enjoying the games. With each new Olympics, the organizers try to put together an event that is bigger, more spectacular and more modern than anything that has come before. This year’s Olympics are no exception, and we expect it to be dazzling.

winter_olympics_signageOver the course of the games, viewers will get used to seeing LED signs at just about every event. This ubiquitous technology has become a big part of public sporting events, and an integral part of the Olympics. Everything from figure skating to ski jumping relies on LED technology to keep athletes, judges, spectators and home viewers informed about what is going on. And considering the cold climate and harsh terrain of the Winter Olympics, there are few other technologies that could rise to the task.

The reason that Olympic organizers rely on LED signs is the same reason that so many gas stations rely on LED signs. When the officials in Sochi need to display standings, project judges’ scores, replay highlights, or incorporate videos and graphics into their ceremonies, there is no technology that works as well as LED. These are just a few of the advantages of using LED technology, in wintery Russia or at your gas station.


Unlike analog signage, LED signs glow brightly in any weather. For events at night, or when visibility is poor due to snow or fog, having a sign that lights up is a huge asset. When you need your sign to be seen and the messages it carries to be legible, LED technology provides unparalleled levels of reliability.


It’s not easy to get a large sign up a wintery pass and then anchor it securely to the side of a mountain. Luckily, LED signs can go just about anywhere and still perform spectacularly. Thanks to its light weight, simple operation requirements and serious durability, this signage technology can go anywhere and do anything. That makes it the ideal solution for the Olympic organizers, and for gas station owners looking to upgrade their signage without completely redesigning their station.

Graphical Capabilities

LED signs can do so much more than just display letters and numbers. After a champion figure skater completes a flawless routine, the crowd wants to be able to watch the highlights replayed and they turn to LED signs to see them. This technology can project graphics, a wide variety of text and even full motion video. Simply put, there is no message you can’t communicate using an LED sign.


Even for an event as spectacular as the Olympics, it is important to keep costs under control. LED technology offers plenty of benefits at an accessible price, even when the screens are dozens of feet wide. Olympic organizers know that they can get the signage they need without having to sacrifice the budget elsewhere.

Obviously, gas stations are not the same as the events at the Winter Olympics, but their signage needs are very similar. They both need to communicate clear and creative messages to as large an audience as possible, and that is why they both rely on LED signs. As you are watching the games this year, take note of how often you see LED signs in use, and think about what this technology could do for your station.


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LED Signs Enhance the Bowl Experience

If you are a college football fan, this is one of the most exciting times of the year. The season is coming to a dramatic close, followed shortly by the thrill of bowl games. If you have been following your favorite school every Saturday of the fall, it has all been leading up to this.

Anyone that has been to a college football game in person knows that the atmosphere is electric. College football fans tend to be more boisterous than professional football fans, and they bring loads of exuberant energy into the crowd each week. One of the ways that college sports officials keep the energy high, and grow team loyalty, is to use LED screens.

Texas_LED_ScreenAs LED technology has progressed, it has become possible to build bigger LED screens with a higher resolution than ever. It is now like having a gigantic HD TV that everyone in the stadium can watch at once, and that seriously enhances the experience for the fans. It is now possible to watch instant replays, look at player statistics, participate in crowd engagement activities like the “Kiss Cam,” and catch all the details of the action on the field.

All of this makes the game more entertaining, and provides fans with the kind of experience they have come to expect from watching games on television. That is why stadiums across the country are making a big investment in upgrading and replacing their existing stadium screens with advanced LED screens. There is almost an arms race to build the biggest and brightest. These are the current leading contenders.

Largest FBS College Football LED Screens (Dimensions in Feet)

  1. Texas – 134 x 55.5
  2. Miami (FL) – 138.5 x 48.5
  3. Arkansas – 166.3 x 37.8
  4. Southern California – 150 x 40
  5. Michigan State – 114.8 x 47.2

These screens may seem massive, but they will be larger in the future. More and more, fans expect to have a highly visible video screen be part of the game watching experience. The next time you are watching a game on TV, keep your eyes out for the video screen, and you will understand how integral it is to the fans.

This bowl season promises to offer a lot of great games. Even if you are rabid about just one team, the excitement of bowl season is so infectious that is impossible not to tune into a few other games.

Selected 2013-2014 College Football Bowl Schedule

  • Gildan New Mexico Bowl – Sat, Dec. 21st at 2:00 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Military Bowl – Fri, Dec. 27 at 2:20 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Valero Alamo Bowl – Mon, Dec. 30th at 6:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • AutoZone Liberty Bowl – Tues, Dec. 31st at 4:00 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Rose Bowl – Wed, Jan. 1st at 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Allstate Sugar Bowl – Thur, Jan. 2nd at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Discover Orange Bowl – Fri, Jan. 3rd at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • BCS National Championship Game – Mon, Jan. 6th at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN


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