Last week, Philadelphia hosted the Information Display and Entertainment Association (IDEA) for their annual conference, which featured the Golden Matrix Awards, an awards show where various teams around the different leagues can submit their best content in various categories.
This year, the Philadelphia Union video team won "Best Overall Video Display in Soccer," beating submissions from NYCFC, Houston, Minnesota, Vancouver and Sporting KC.
It was the second time the Union video team won the award, the first being in 2015, and the only Philadelphia team to be a finalist in first place.
The IDEA attendees included close to 600 professionals from the MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL, MLS, NCAA, CFL and major production and broadcast companies.
Part of the conference included excursions to local stadiums to see control room operations, video displays and overall tours of each facility. This year was the first time in over 30 years that an MLS stadium was featured. Many attendees were pleased with Talen Energy Stadium, the views, as well as Power Training Complex.
The video team also received the Presidents Award for the team's role in hosting at the stadium and putting the event together in Philadelphia.
Lastly, the video team nominated former intern Danielle Cardona from Widener University for the "Inspire the Passion" award, which is for outstanding interns seeking careers in sports video production. Cardona was one of three students to receive the award.