We get many requests to frame game season tickets with a panoramic stadium print, but this one had a rather unique story. We were asked to frame the season tickets for the New Orleans Saints’ 2005 season. It turns out only 2 preseason games were played in their home stadium, The Superdome. On August 29, 2005, the dome was damaged by Hurricane Katrina, used as shelter by displaced residents and deemed unusable for the rest of the season. Our customer had the idea of preserving that time in history by having us frame the print, “The Homecoming”, from the Monday night football game September 25, 2006, the first game back in the newly renovated Superdome. With that print we added his “unused” tickets along with a paragraph explaining the events. For those of you interested in doing similar projects, we have shared pictures of the process below.

A rough sketch is made for approval by the customer.

Tickets sent from the customer

Exact measurements are taken and put in the Wizard computerized mat cutter.

The Wizard cuts the top and bottom mat.

The print is dry mounted in a heat press to prevent warping and waviness.

We created the copy to fit our customized design.

The mat is placed on the print

Tickets are inserted into mat openings

All prints are protected with clear glass, not acrylic.

The framed piece is backed with brown paper dust cover and our “wall buddy” hanging hardware is put in place.

Ready to hang! Awesome job, Crystal, senior framer!