Drytac transforms space in a Canadian shopping mall into a tennis court

The Calgary mall project used Drytac’s SpotOn Floor 200 – a 200-micron (8 mil) matte PVC film.

The aim of the 10-day project at the Core Shopping Centre in Calgary, Alberta, was to promote the first Men’s ATP Tennis event in that city, which took place at the Alberta Tennis Centre. Called the Calgary National Bank Challenger, the October event was part of the ATP Challenger Tour – a series of tournaments showcasing rising stars in the sport of tennis. Using Drytac’s SpotOn Floor 200, supplied by ND Grahics, the goal was to create a public tennis court in the downtown Calgary shopping centre. The project was undertaken by Print Three, which also sponsored the event. Shoppers and their families were invited to take to the court for a few sets of tennis, clearly marked with blue and white lines printed onto the specialist floor media from Drytac.

Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 is a 200-micron (8 mil) matte white monomeric PVC film for short-term, indoor floor graphics that don’t require lamination. The product was awarded a post-printed R-10 anti-slip rating and a ‘low slip potential’ rating according to the EN 13036-4 Pendulum Test, endorsed by the CTIOA. SpotOn Floor 200 has also achieved a global Class B1 Fire Rating – meaning that it can be used safely and legally in public areas with strict fire regulations (such as shopping centres). The material has also been designed for easy and tool-free installation and clean removal, because of its unique dot-pattern adhesive. Print Three General Manager Mark Eisan explained why the franchise chose the Drytac product from ND Graphics for this specific project:

Drytac tennis court competitors salute the camera.

“We were testing products and laminates for the tennis court application and an installation partner recommended Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 after hearing about it at a conference,” he revealed. “We found the performance of the SpotOn product to be excellent. Our testing was intense, but we had planned to repair or replace areas. However, we didn’t need to – as the product adhered for the 10 days it was on the floor, and at the end of the project was removed in 20 minutes with no additional clean-up.” Eisan added that Print Three received great service from Drytac following the tennis court project, and is considering other products for future applications. ”We’re planning on creating a new court for next year’s event as we’ll be sponsoring it again.”

Drytac is a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large-format print and signage markets. Key product areas include window, wall and floor graphic media, laminating films and mounting adhesives, high-performance tapes, industrial adhesives and durable labels. Drytac Canada is located in Brampton, Ontario.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.