Top 3 Stadium Noisemakers For Football Games

 

Everyone knows that cheering for your football team helps to motivate the team and get their adrenaline going. Teams will play better with more cheering from their fans. It’s unfortunate some some stadiums have ordinances banning stadium noisemakers, so make sure and check for any know ordinances from your school. I’ve put together a list of the most common and best noisemakers to use for your football games.

 

Thundersticks - These are the best selling noisemakers. These are inflatable sticks that you bang together to

Thunder Sticks

make a booming noise. The sticks are on average around 2 feet long. There are several different manufacturers, but they all have a comparable noise level. For this article, I am referring to thunder sticks printed in the U.S.A.

THUNDER STICK PROS: 

  • They have a huge imprint area so you can really get a lot of ad space in if you are selling sponsorship opportunities to businesses. Imprint area is 15″ W x 3 3/8″ H.
  • They are reusable.
  • They are inexpensive ($1.65 and under/pair)
  • They are extremely loud, especially in combination with hundreds of other pairs.
  • Quick 5-7 working day production with option for a 2 day rush.
  • Easy to inflate and deflate with an air valve similar to a beach ball or a pool raft.
  • Stores flat when deflated to keep for your next game.
  • Printed in the U.S.A. by American workers.
THUNDER STICK CONS:
  • Limited item colors for the reusable type, 8 colors to choose from – Pink, Black, Red, White, Blue, Green, Orange, and Yellow
  • That’s all I can think of.
Stadium Horns – There are many different horns to choose from, but my favorite is the Root-N-Toot horn. They are compact, loud, and inexpensive.
Stadium Horns

Root-N-Toot Stadium Horns

Horn PROS:
  • They don’t use compressed air, so the horn never runs out (unless you run out of breath).
  • Includes a breakaway lanyard to safely store around your neck for quick access.
  • Inexpensive ($2.60 and under).
  • Super loud horn.
  • Compact size – only 3″ H x 2 1/4″ W.
  • Lightweight – only 2 ounces.
  • Made of hard plastic so they are very durable.
  • Quick 5-7 working day production with option for a 2 day rush.
  • Printed in the U.S.A. by American workers
HORN CONS:
  • Limited Colors – Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, White, and Blue.
  • If there are others, I can’t think of any.
Hand Clappers – These are classic stadium items that have been around for years. They are loud and easy to use.
Hand Clappers

Hand Clappers

CLAPPER PROS:
  • Ready to use right out of the box.
  • Loud, especially in conjunction with other clappers.
  • Cheap pricing ($1.08 and under).
  • Lightweight – only slightly over 1 ounce.
  • Quick 5-7 working day production with option for a 1 or 3 day rush.
  • Printed in the U.S.A. by American workers
CLAPPER CONS:
  • Made of plastic, so eventually it can break with repeated use or vigorous clapping.
  • Limited Colors – Athletic Gold, Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Red, White, or Yellow.


Get Prepared for Football Season 2011

 

Well, it’s finally here. The time when all of us College football nuts get so excited. The first games will be starting on September 1, so make sure and get prepared if you run a booster club. High school football as already started for many schools. School spirit items are so important for your school and are the life blood of your team. These spirit items help to encourage your team’s fans to cheer louder and more often than they would do without any spirit items. Plus, these spirit items are excellent ways to raise money for your club. There are many different items to choose from and below is a list of many different items to choose from. Be sure to try something different and have a wide variety of products available for your fans. The more you have to choose from, the more you can sell and keep the fans cheering.

  1. Mini footballs
  2. Thundersticks
  3. Pom Poms
  4. Stadium Horns
  5. Foam Fingers
  6. Schedule Magnets
  7. Stadium Cups
  8. Full Sized Footballs
  9. Autograph Footballs
  10. School T-Shirts
  11. Stadium Seat Cushions
  12. Stadium Blankets

How To Make Money From Football Games With Mini Footballs

 

I’m not talking about betting here but making money by throwing out mini footballs. Football season is starting this month for many high schools so now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity. Mini footballs typically come in either a 6″ plastic size or a 7″ vinyl size. The vinyl is, of course, softer, and is only a few cents more per ball. The main idea is to have some promotional mini footballs printed with your logo printed on one side of the football and a special offer printed on the 2nd side. You definitely want to put an expiration date on the special offer, so someone doesn’t try to redeem it years later. Here are some ideas and some examples that other businesses have used in the past:

  • Smoothie chain: Bring in this football for a FREE smoothie of your choice.
  • Oil & Lube Shop: Bring in this football and receive an oil change for only $10.
  • Nail Salon: Redeem this football for a FREE manicure.
  • Hair Salon: Bring this football for FREE standard hair cut.
  • Restaurant: Bring this football in for a FREE appetizer.
  • Restaurant: Redeem this ball for Buy 1 Get 1 FREE entree of your choice.
  • Grocery Store: Redeem this football for a FREE Grocery Tote on your next shopping visit.
  • Bar: Bring this in for a FREE draft beer.
  • Convenient Store: Redeem this football for a FREE fountain drink.
  • Bank: Bring in this football and receive a $20 deposit with any new checking account.
  • Print Shop: Redeem this football and receive 100 FREE business cards.
  • Hair Salon: Bring this in to receive $20 off any hair coloring.
  • Restaurant: Redeem this for a FREE kids meal with adult entree purchase.
  • Fitness Center: Redeem this football for a FREE 2 month membership.
  • Massage Therapist: Bring this in for a FREE 10 minute massage.
  • Fast Food Restaurant: Redeem for a FREE small order of fries.
  • Church: Bring this in to learn how to receive FREE eternal salvation.
  • Sandwich Restaurant: Redeem this ball and receive a FREE 6″ sub with any purchase.
  • Car Dealership: Redeem this ball and receive FREE oil changes for 1 year with car purchase.
  • Bank: Redeem this and receive a $500 discount on closing cost for home mortgage.

If you notice the examples above, the majority of the offers have a common theme: FREE. Free gets people in your door. Once they are in, it’s up to you to up sell them or cross sell them. Ideally, they will have a great experience with your business and become a regular customer. Mini footballs are cheap and schools love getting them donated. The cheerleaders will gladly throw the footballs into the crowd each time their team scores. The fans absolutely love catching the footballs and will love it even more when they see the great offer printed on the football. Don’t be afraid to give away products or services for free, just have a plan on what you will do with those customers when they come into your place of business to redeem their coupon. This is a great opportunity to market your business and bring in loads of new faces into your business, so make sure and take advantage of this and make some money!

College Football Preseason Poll 2011

 

There are so many preseason college football polls out there from various sources and like any preseason polls they are all just speculation based on returning players, strength of schedule, coaches, injuries, and many other factories. Some of the polls have Alabama on top. Some have Oklahoma or LSU on top. I don’t put too much stock into preseason polls, but they do get me excited for the start of College football. It’s time to go ahead and get your football spirit items such as mini footballs, thundersticks, or stadium seat cushions. For you booster clubs out there, start gathering your sponsors to buy your spirit items so your booster club fundraising will be even more successful. Some of the most common sponsors include car dealerships, clinics, and all different kinds of small business.

Marketing with Football Spirit Items

 

Have you ever tried marketing using school spirit items?  There are numerous opportunities to not only help support your favorite local high school or middle school, but also to help market your business at the same time.  With the start of football season right on the brink, you can get mini footballs with your business name printed on the football for the cheerleaders to throw out at the game.  This gives you marketing exposure to a huge pool of potential clients.  Stadium seat cushions are another great way to get your name out.  It’s not a bad idea to have your name printed somewhere where your customers butt will be.   Other popular options as football games are pom poms, thundersticks, or other noisemakers.  Go ahead and show your school spirit and see how these items can help grow your business.  For a tracking method to see how your investment does, go ahead and print a special coupon code on the items for a call to action.