from arenas to stadiums and everything in between
Sports – Our Beginning
After acquiring Image Engineering of Boston and keeping its namesake, the foundation was laid for the company to enter into new ventures. Image Engineering began working with teams like the New Jersey Devils and Washington Wizards on small projects that would gain them exposure to larger endeavors. Through a relationship with the Information Display Entertainment Association (IDEA), Image was contracted to do C02 effects for player introductions during one of the Baltimore Ravens home games in 2004. The legendary Ray Lewis danced onto the field in smoky glory. As luck would have it, the NFL decided they would use a cable camera for the first time ever during that game. The audience was blown away and millions of viewers across the country saw repeated clips of Lewis doing his famous dance with our effects surrounding him.
This event gave Image the credibility needed to fully propel the company into the special effects sports market. In 2005, the Ravens contracted Image for the entire season, opening the door for our team to creatively challenge what other teams were doing across the NFL for player introductions. In 2008, Image created the NFL’s first flame tower, putting the Ravens player introductions on top for cutting edge effects. Since then, many have followed suit, collaborating with us to expand on creative visions for player introductions and stadium spectaculars. “Since that first season with the Ravens, the Image Engineering portfolio has expanded to included over 16 NFL teams and teams across several professional and collegiate level sports leagues.”