One of the most innovative and interesting things that we’ve seen the sports world adopt during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the introduction of fan cutouts in place of actual fans in the stands.
50/10 this is the most crowded and least socially distanced a marlins game has looked since 2012 pic.twitter.com/GD2i68jMzk— Cardboard Cutout Highlights (@BallparkCutouts) July 24, 2020
Fan cutouts have been used in plenty of inventive ways so far. They range from player’s pets, a straight up horse, or even Bernie (from Weekend At Bernie’s) Now, it’s time for the NFL to make some extra dinero from the seats at their stadiums that won’t get sold. Your Houston Texans are no different, as they will be offering cutouts at home games this season!
The price to pay for putting your beautiful mug in the “Methodist FanZone” will be $75. Honestly, I kind of expected it to be significantly more expensive. As expected though, there are some ground rules.
1. No commercial advertising, including company names, apparel brands, hashtags, social media handles, phone numbers, logos,slogans or other branding.
2. Club-branded attire only. No third-party branding, including on apparel and in photo backgrounds. No attire or other branding of NFL clubs or sports teams other than the Club.
3. No political statements, logos, slogans or other political content.
4. No offensive or negative comments about the Club or other NFL clubs or sports teams.
5. No lewd, inappropriate or offensive photos.
6. No arms raised in photos.
The rules make sense, although it did take a little bit of explaining to BFD about why No. 5 eliminated all twenty of his proposed cutout shots. Another positive to paying for one of these is that the proceeds go directly to the Houston Texans Foundation, so eventually these dollars will go towards making someone’s life better. At the end of the season, you’ll have an opportunity to pick up your cutout as well.
I kind of wish that the team could implement some premium option into the mix. For example, a player could use your cutout as a prop in a touchdown celebration for an extra $500. Or maybe you can pay $1,000 to have your cutout placed directly on the Texans’ sideline. If a camera panned to Deshaun Watson on the sideline “joshing” around with my cutout, I might think it was money well spent.
The link to where you can purchase and upload the photo for your cutout can be found here. Will you be purchasing one of these? What kind of shenanigans would you try to sneak past the approval system? If you want, post what you'll use for your cutout in the comments down below!