Nottingham Rugby managed to get 1,000 extra “supporters” on Sunday when they took on title-chasing Exeter Chiefs at Meadow Lane.
The family Stand at the scoreboard end was packed with inflatable fans provided by Airheads, a local company that specialises in enhancing crowd scenes for films, TV, commercials and promotional work. The inflatables added to a crowd of 1,305 at Notts County’s stadium, who watched Nottingham go down 15-14 to the Chiefs.
The Green and Whites’ crowds have been on the up and up this season following yet another successful campaign that has taken them to within – one step of a Twickenham Final and in the brink of a top four finish in National Division One.
Airheads’ director Lee Harris is delighted to help Nottingham Rugby in their push to keep building the crowds at Meadow Lane. He explained; “As a local firm we are really keen to support Nottingham Rugby in their quest to raise the profile of the club.
“We are hoping an extra 1,000 ‘people’ in the crowd against Exeter, will encourage supporters of both rugby and sport to come and get behind their successful local team.
“Hopefully it will add to the atmosphere, and inspire people to come back again next week and help the team qualify for the Cup Final by beating Leeds.”
On Sunday, they play their biggest match of the season, the National Trophy semi-final against Leeds at Meadow Lane on Sunday.
They recently revealed the cup run should ensure they do not go out of business, having announced in November they needed an injection of £150,000 to help funding problems linked to the credit crunch.