Nottingham Rugby Team Purchases 1000 Inflatable Fans To Add To Stadium Atmosphere
No Fans? No Problem. One Team Has An Airtight Solution For Empty Stands.
Nottingham's rugby team is having a bit of a problem getting fans to show up to their matches. No worries now, however, as they have found the solution to their problem of an abundance of empty seats. In their game on Sunday against Exeter, they enlisted the assistance of Airheads, a local company specializing in artificially created crowds for movies and TV shows.
There were 1000 inflatable "fans" in the stands for the game, in an attempt to give it more "atmosphere", and make it more appealing to other fans.
The Airheads director is Lee Harris, and he thinks that the inflatable fans will bring a boost to the club, which is currently suffering from pretty severe financial issues.
"As a local firm we are really keen to support Nottingham Rugby in their quest to raise the profile of the club. We are hoping an extra 1,000 'people' in the crowd against Exeter, will encourage supporters of both rugby and sport to come and get behind their successful local team. Hopefully it will add to the atmosphere, and inspire people to come back again next week and help the team qualify for the Cup Final by beating Leeds."
I'm not sure that 1000 silent fans will really help the atmosphere, but good luck with that. I think a better idea would be inflatable officials, since that might even improve the quality of some games.
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