What is a Wizards boom banner?

(Courtesy the Wizards)
(Courtesy the Wizards)

The Wizards announced their giveaways for games 3 and 4 of the second-round series with Indiana earlier this week. Here was the relevant passage from the press release:

Washington will host the Pacers for Game 3 on Friday, May 9, at 8:00 p.m. Every fan will receive a Wizards-branded red and blue boom banner courtesy of GEICO. Game 4 will take place on Sunday, May 11, at 8:00 p.m. Red, white or blue rally towels provided by GEICO will be given away to every fan in attendance.

And I’m sure you’d all agree it’s nice that there will still be giv…wait, boom banners? Huh?

(Courtesy the Wizards)
(Courtesy the Wizards)

A boom banner, turns out, is a thick poster-type device that folds up in accordion fashion. You can hold the 11 x 17 rectangular thing up as a banner, or fold it up and bang it onto a chair or body part to make noise. These items are also called “Cheering Fans” in some parts of the world; many pro teams have used them, as you can see.

The Thunder, in fact, gave them out for the first game of their second-round series against the Clippers.

Still, I wasn’t personally familiar with boom banners. Luckily, Scott had an old Stanford football-branded cheering fan at home. He brought it into the office so I could try it out. Imagine this sound times 18,000 or so; that could be loud.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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