The American flag is most prominent during the national anthem as the entire stadium shows their support to the United States of America. During this time, sports teams have decided to get creative in their ways to display patriotism. They have started using large flags, numerous flags, and card stunts. American flag display at sports games has evolved over the years. Let’s take a look at the various ways that the American flag is displayed during sporting events.
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Below is an image of a few military members holding both American and military flags during the national anthem. This is the classic approach that is used most often during sporting events.
Below you will find a larger American flag that covers a portion of an NFL football field. This approach requires volunteers to help roll out and remove the flag from the playing field.
In this example, the Indianapolis Colts unveiled an extremely large American flag during the national anthem. This flag covers the entire length and width of the NFL football field, which is 100 yards long by 53 yards wide. This approach takes a great amount of collaboration among volunteers and planning from the event staff. The only downfall is that some of these massive flags have been known to rip when being unraveled.
Some teams have tried to get more creative with their American flag display. Below is an example of an American flag that is shaped like the United States.
The University of North Carolina actually painted the logo on the center of their field to appear like the American flag.
The University of Iowa took flag display at sports games to the next level. They displayed an American flag shaped like the United States and asked fans engage in a card stunt. A card stunt is when everyone in the stadium holds up a colored card. The card color is predetermined by the event staff. Take a look at the stadium below for an example of a card stunt.
Finally, the Green Bay Packers thanked members of the military with a large flag display and a card stunt. You will notice that this card stunt includes both text and design. This complexity takes an incredible amount of time and effort from the event staff to ensure that every detail is precise. On such a large stage, a card stunt can go wrong and create unwanted PR.