Score Big with Football Advertising Boards

Make every goal count for your brand. Grab the attention of dedicated fans and get in the heart of the action with eye-catching, pitchside advertising boards.

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Football and Pitchside Advertising Boards

Football advertising boards and pitch marketing

The worlds of football and marketing have always shared a close relationship. From Nike’s Secret Tournament adverts to Pepsi’s Medieval Fight campaign, the most memorable football ads merge marketing and sport in a way that leaves a lasting impression on fans, forging strong brand allegiance that endures a lifetime.

Whilst TV spots and shirt sponsorships are beyond the reach of most small- and mid-sized businesses, pitchside advertising boards can be a fantastic choice for brands who wish to capitalise on the advertising opportunities offered by the market. A mounted board at the side of a sports pitch can target supporters across a wide range of demographics, and – when done right – leave a lasting impression.

At Media Buying, our experts have extensive experience procuring pitchside advertising inventory for businesses of all sizes. Our marketing team advises clients on brand and target audience strategy, before using close industry relationships to secure the best possible deals on advertising boards. No matter your budget or your marketing goals, Media Buying is on hand to help you achieve them.

Contact us today to speak to one of our account managers, or keep reading for our short guide to pitchside advertising boards.

What Are Pitchside Advertising Boards?

Pitchside advertising boards – also known as pitchside hoardings – are large sign panels that surround the playing surfaces at sports clubs and stadiums.

Although most commonly seen around a football pitch, rugby field, cricket ground, or horse racing track, pitchside hoardings are found across all sporting disciplines, both indoor and outdoor.

Like those used in the building and construction industries, the primary purpose of pitchside hoarding panels is one of safety, with positioning based on the protection of players, staff and fans. However, with such a huge audience, these panels provide a perfect option for revenue generation, with sponsors vying to display advertising materials at these high-impact, high-engagement spots.

Rear view of people watching soccer match at stadium

Types of Football Advertising Boards and Pitchside Hoardings

Traditional

External advertising hoardings are commonly created from weatherproof materials such as PVC or polypropylene, or fashioned around a wooden frame with Dibond printed sheets. Dibond is an aluminium composite, that provides stability and durability in all weathers, and which is designed for long-term use.

For internal advertising, boards can be fashioned from lightweight materials like Correx. This offers the same potential for creative image display and printed media, but at a significantly lower cost.

Digital

As the number of digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising options continues to grow across all areas of the country, so too are an increasing number of stadium and venue operators choosing to take a digital approach to advertising boards.

LED-based pitchside hoarding panels offer several distinct advantages over traditional printed boards:

  • Engagement: Digital panels are more eye-catching than their static counterparts, and can be updated in real-time to reflect changes in the scoreline or other key match information.
  • Flexibility: Many digital panel providers offer cloud-based content management systems (CMS), allowing businesses to update their ads without the need to liaise directly with publishers.
  • Creativity: With their ability to display video content, animation, and other creative visuals, digital hoardings provide significantly greater options for developing creative business ad media.

Whilst a non-broadcast game might see your ad shown to several thousand stadium-goers, for televised games your advert will gain exposure to a market of potentially millions of people, not just in the UK, but across the world.

The Cost of Pitchside Advertising

The cost of pitchside advertising can vary wildly. Before undertaking a pitch board ad campaign, it’s important to consider the following:

Sport

The cost of pitchside hoardings will be significantly higher for marquee sports such as football and rugby, which attract greater numbers of viewers (both in-person and on television), than less popular disciplines.

At the same time, sports such as athletics may receive limited exposure throughout the year, but see a significant increase in audience figures throughout the Olympic or Paralympic Games.

Stadium

As with every form of billboard advertising, the size of your immediate audience will be a determining factor in the amount you pay for advertising space.

A major stadium can house upwards of 90,000 people, with pitchside advertising costs in the tens of thousands; a pitch fixture at a smaller local club, meanwhile, might cost as little as £500 per season.

Professional Level

Whilst true across most sports, when looking at football advertising boards in particular, the professional level of the club can have a huge impact on the amount you will pay to advertise.

As a very broad example, advertising boards at a low-level Premier League club might generally cost around £2,500; at a Championship club around £1,100; and at a League One club as low as £350.

Whilst this may seem like a great deal on the surface, there is one factor which can bump these site fees considerably…

TV or Not TV, That is the question…

Whilst a non-broadcast game might see your ad shown to several thousand stadium-goers, for televised games your advert will gain exposure to a market of potentially millions of people, not just in the UK, but across the world.

Unsurprisingly, most clubs will take advantage of this fact by raising publishing fees for camera-facing advertising boards. The £2,500 you paid for that Premier League ad board could easily jump to £15,000 when people at home are watching.

Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium

Pitch Perfect Advertising with Media Buying

At Media Buying, we work with publishers across a wide range of sporting disciplines and levels, from the Premier League down to the lower echelons of non-league football.

Whether you’re a large-scale business with an extensive advertising budget, or a small local company looking for low-cost exposure, we can help you to find the perfect pitchside hoarding solution.

We can assist with sourcing and booking ad space, advise on designing and creating your advertising artwork, printing, installation, and a whole lot more.

So, if you’re interested in creating a pitchside advertising campaign for your company, give us a call today. We can’t wait to get started.

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