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Make Your Stadium More Fan-Friendly – Ideas from top General Managers

Posted by Stumps Spirit on February 6, 2013

Back in 2001, a marketing agent created loads of hype for the Baltimore Ravens when they faced off against the New York Giants during the Super Bowl in Tampa. The hype was created by placing tons of Ravens advertising support all along the route from the airport to the stadium, to the effect that then-president of the Ravens David Modell said that “it really made the players feel like they were at home, that this was a home game.” While this was the Raven’s first time at the Super Bowl, they certainly didn’t act like it, destroying the Giants in the process.

Peace Love Spirit Travel Mug

Peace, Love, Spirit!

While it’s certainly true that in the minor leagues (and high school or grade school), there’s no event with quite the away game/home crowd draw like the Super Bowl, promotional directors and general managers still have plenty of advice to give.

Keep it fun and affordable

Paul Taglieri, general manager of the St. Lucie Mets, says that “We’ll do basically anything as long as it’s not stepping over the line that we draw for ourselves. We just try to stay with fun, family, affordable-type atmosphere. That’s where our promotions are centered.”

Theme night

In that vein, one of the promotions the St. Lucie Mets undertake is 70s night, complete with 70 cent dogs and drinks, and fans are encouraged to wear clothing mimicking the look of the 70s. You could make your theme night stand out a Tie Dye or 80s Water Bottle Label. Perhaps offer drink refills for 80 cents for fans with a theme night stadium cup.

Green Lighted Spirit Poms

Light it up!

Oklahoma Sooners encourage their baseball fans on “Cheer like a Champion” night, handing out special spirit apparel to the first 50 fans in the door, encouraging team support. You could recreate that with personalized #1 Spirit hand mitts.

Make it a holiday

Celebrate Earth Day like the Sooners and other college and national teams, and have personalized travel mugs for cold or hot drinks.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Get the crowd going with these green hand clapper necklaces and inflatable bam bams.Use green drink cups for refreshments and don’t forget to offer special treats for those wearing green (or your team colors), like fun lighted spirit poms or lucky candy bars.


Be a helper for your mascot!

How old is your mascot?

Finally, the St. Louis Cardinal’s celebrate Fredbird’s birthday – why not celebrate your mascot’s birthday? It’s a terrific crowd draw for a theme as well as providing great incentive to get pumped up during halftime. Make a week out of it like the Cardinals.  Students can walk in under a reusable archway and compete to become the mascot’s helper, as he probably needs it in his old age.  Finally, the night of the big game (and the big birthday bash!), create a banner for your mascot to run through as your fans herald the mascot (and your team) with fun stadium horns.


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Win Fans with a New Mascot

Posted by Stumps Spirit on September 7, 2011

If you’re looking to get your crowds really cheering this year, a new Mascot is a fun investment for your school sports and other events. A new school mascot costume is not only fun, it’s also an asset to your school spirit, as the mascot can appear at dances, fundraisers, and assemblies in addition to sporting events. Once you acquire a new mascot, like one from Stumps Spirit’s standard or Thermo-Lite lines, you can incorporate the mascot in your cheerleading routines or into many other aspects of your games and events.

Mascots In the Stands
Our Thermo-Lite Mascots have heads that are 50% lighter than standard mascot heads. That means that not only do they make cheering easier, they are also great for allowing your mascot to travel into the stands more easily. Send your mascot into the stands to get fans involved in cheers. This can be especially fun for call-and-response cheers! Your fans will also enjoy the opportunity to high-five or take pictures with the new mascot.

Mascot Fun On the Field
Send your new mascot onto the field between quarters to run races with players, do cheers with the cheerleaders, or play games with fans. There are tons of ways your mascot can entertain the crowd. Set up a small obstacle course and get volunteers to challenge the mascot in a race. Have the mascot compete in a hula-hooping contest with fans or with the MVPs or coaches. Your mascot is highly-visible by nature, so use the mascot to keep the action going when the players are off the field.

Mascots At the Dance
If you’ve got a new mascot, students will want plenty of opportunities to interact with him or her and taking pictures at the Homecoming dance will help capture lasting memories. Make your mascot available at the portrait area of the dance for part of the night and then let him or her loose to dance with the students. You can even use gossamer or another fabric to make your mascot a bow-tie or other accessories to make their normal look more formal. Because it will get hot on the dance floor, make plenty of water or a Kold-Vest available to your mascot too.

Mascot Accessories
Stumps Spirit carries mascot costumes in both standard and Thermo-Lite varieties in a wide range of characters. There are also many mascot accessories you can use to keep the student inside the mascot costume comfortable so they can keep their energy up for all the fun. Kold-Vests and Kold Kollars are reusable ice mats that keep your mascot from overheating during hot-weather events. Fat Padding can help your animal mascots, such as bears and dogs, have a fuller look.

Add some more spirit to your mascot costume with custom mascot accessories like a mascot cape or a mascot tshirt personalized with your school name or logo. Our Custom Mascot Jersey looks great on the field!

How do you get your mascot involved in school activities? We’d love to hear in the comments section.

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Make Your Mascot COOL

Posted by Stumps Spirit on February 12, 2011

Sometimes mascots get the short end of the stick—having to wear such a bulky and heavy costume that’s old and outdated on top of spending hours sweating their booties off! Well, sweat no more my friends. Try these tips to keep your mascot friends “cool”!


• Dress up your mascot with a colorful poly poplin custom mascot cape. Choose your school color and personalize the cape with your team name and logo.

• Any mascot can be updated with the personalized custom mascot jersey. Add your school name or team name to this baseball-style jersey.

• If it’s time for your school to order a new mascot costume, check out the full line of elegant, affordable, and realistic-looking mascot costumes at Stumps Party. If your team is the Tigers, you’ll love this fantastic bengal tiger mascot costume.

• Keep your mascot “wearer” cool with light weight mascot costumes.

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