Printers celebrate NRL and AFL grand final wins

Best Signs is about to supply its fifth NRL grand final, while Stadium Signs has just celebrated its 14th AFL grand final.

Best Signs' New South Wales sales manager, Tim Clark, said the 10-staff firm would produce about 300 metres of corflutes for the ground.

He told ProPrint that Best Signs would also paint the logos and ads that appear on the grass.

He said NRL grand finals are "pretty last-minute stuff": orders will only get finalised tomorrow, the grass will be painted on Saturday and the signage installed on Sunday morning.

"It has its challenges but we're pretty used to it now," he said.

Meanwhile, Stadium Signs, which has produced signage for the MCG for 25 years, supplied its 14th consecutive grand final sprint last Saturday.

[Photos: Stadium Signs at the grand final]

The seven-staff operation produced the finish tape, media backdrop, giant A-frame ads, novelty winner's cheque and giant novelty razors, said director Pamela Hammond.

She told ProPrint that new artwork was used this year, so everything had to be reproduced. Another challenge was the bad weather, she added.

"There were really high gusts of wind. One of the signs almost flew off the trailer and all the signs had to be held down during the event."

Hammond said the installation was less rushed this year, because the sprint was held before the grand final rather than during halftime. Stadium Signs usually has 16 minutes to set up and remove the signage.

"The fact we've done it for so many years, it's a bit like Groundhog Day now," she said.

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