Freedom isn’t free — it prices about $7,500.
That’s the worth for one of many big American flags that take middle-stage at sporting occasions across the nation, a continuing image of patriotism even amid the controversy surrounding some NFL gamers’ choice to kneel in the course of the nationwide anthem.
“Even watching it on TV I nonetheless get tears in eyes and a lump in my throat,” Amy Barnett, who runs 50 Star Productions – one of many corporations that lease out the flags — advised Fox Information. “I really like the patriotic-ness of it. The gang loves it a lot, it’s superb.”
The Salt Lake Metropolis-based mostly firm stated it has been booked for at the least one hundred twenty video games this yr with sports activities groups paying round $four,000 to $7,500 to showcase the enormous flags which might be delivered in 14 items.
“Every stripe is a bit and the union is a single, strong piece,” Barnett stated. The items are hooked up collectively to create big American flags – some the dimensions of whole soccer fields weighing 1,200 kilos – that require greater than one hundred volunteers to carry.
“We historically make the most of the massive flag for giant video games – Opening Day, 4th of July, Postseason Video games, as it’s a nice a part of the custom of massive baseball video games,” Joe Jareck, director of public relations for the Los Angeles Dodgers, informed Fox Information.
The baseball group has been displaying American flags this week that stretch from foul line to foul line because the nationwide anthem performed through the opening two video games of the World Collection at Dodger Stadium. The Houston Astros have used the flag similarly throughout their 2017 postseason run.
“The large flag requires greater than one hundred volunteers to rehearse and unfurl the flag on the assigned time in pre-recreation,” Jareck stated.
The shows – massive and small — are carrying over to soccer stadiums as properly, in cities reminiscent of Philadelphia, Denver and Indianapolis.
“We’ve been displaying the complete-area flag in the course of the Nationwide Anthem previous to our house video games since our final season within the RCA Dome [in 2008],” Pete Ward, chief working officer of the Indianapolis Colts, informed Fox Information. “We now have no plans to cease doing so.”
And at highschool soccer homecoming video games throughout the nation, groups are additionally becoming a member of in on the surge of patriotism, with a viral video of a flag-crammed pre-recreation ceremony by a California staff racking up greater than six million views on Fb.
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