Uruguayan Soccer Fans Unfurl World’s Largest Sports Banner, Drape Stadium With 2,000-Foot Flag (Video)


Fans of Uruguayan soccer club Nacional proved they’re the most dedicated fans in the world. Evidently they also have the most free time.

The Nacional supporters unfurled a gargantuan, handmade banner moments before a Copa Libertadores game against Toluca on Thursday. It officially set the record for “biggest flag ever at a sporting event.”

The banner measured 600 by 50 meters (1,968 by 164 feet), and was able to cover literally half of the 25,000 people in Parque Central Stadium.

Construction of the banner originally began in 2006, but never came to fruition due to its sheer magnitude, according to ESPN. However, earlier last year, 5,000 dedicated fans took it upon themselves to finish the project, which started seven years ago.

Before Nacional earned the world record, it belonged to rival Uruguayan club Penarol, who unfurled their own giant banner in April 2011. Theirs was about half the length of Nacional’s, and looks like a mere handkerchief in comparison.

Check out the world-record breaking flag make its way across the heads of 12,500 Nacional fans in the video below.

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