Thunder Sticks Vs. Stadium Horns

When you are at the football stadium, it can be a time to de-stress and just let it all out in the form of yelling and cheering. However, at times, close games can be stressful too, but there is always loud cheering to help alleviate that stress. One of the best ways to show that school spirit is to use school spirit items such as thunder sticks. What are thunder sticks you may ask? They are inflatable tubes, typically about 2 feet long that you bang together to make a loud noise. These spirit items have taken sports by storm over the past decade. In this article, we compare these ever-popular stadium noisemakers to stadium horns, which are also a very popular noise making spirit item. Read on to see which one prevails….

thunder sticksTHUNDER STICKS

*In this comparison, we will be complaing the reusable thunder sticks, as opposed to the one-time use, overseas produced option.


  • Reusable if you buy the right kind!
  • Huge imprint area.
  • Very loud, especially when there are hundreds or thousands being banged at the same time.
  • Multiple colors to choose from.
  • Domestically produced (from Perfect Imprints they are).
  • Great for fundraising to sell at your school booster club.
  • Compact, when not inflated, for easy storage between games.
  • Supports multiple imprint colors.
  • Lower priced than stadium horns.
  • Fast normal production time of 5-7 days.
  • Rush production of 2 working days available.
  • Easy to inflate, this reusable version doesn’t need a straw to inflate thunder stick. It has a valve like a beach ball or typical pool raft.
  • Can be printed on the second side so they are great to get local businesses to sponsor and have their logo and contact info printed on the 2nd side as a way to bring in extra funds for the team or booster club.
  • Lightweight, so shipping is cheap.
  • Produced in the Central U.S., so shipping transit time is only a few days to anywhere in the U.S.
  • Fun to beat your friends with.


  • They do lose a little air over time like any manually inflated item. Expect to top off the air in the sticks at least once per game.
  • Because they are made of vinyl, rips can occur in the seams. Although these are durable and can typically last a whole football season, their lifespan is directly proportional to the abuse that they sustain.

Stadium Horns vs. Thunder SticksSTADIUM HORNS


  • Reusable.
  • Very loud.
  • Multiple colors to choose from.
  • Domestically produced.
  • Great for fundraising.
  • Fairly small and easy to store.
  • Supports multiple imprint colors.
  • Fast normal production time of 5-7 days.
  • Rush production of 2 working days available.
  • No inflation necessary; they are ready to use as is.
  • Neck lanyard is included for convenience during games.
  • Feature a break-away lanyard for safety.
  • They are great fund raising spirit items for your team or booster club.
  • Lightweight to carry
  • Produced in Central U.S. to minimize shipping transit times to anywhere in the U.S.
  • They don’t lose air like thunder sticks.
  • Made of very durable plastic, so they last longer than thundersticks.


  • Very small imprint area.
  • A little higher priced than thunder sticks.
  • One-sided imprint only
  • Although they are lightweight, they are bulky, so shipping is more expensive than thunder sticks.
  • Since they are made of hard plastic, you can’t beat your friends with them without hurting them.

Overall, both thunder sticks and stadium horns are great spirit items to help cheer on your school team. If you had to pick based upon the pros and cons listed above, thunder sticks would be the winner, although stadium horns are a very close second. Maybe the answer for your school booster club is to have both of these great noisemaker spirit items to sell at your games.

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