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What Are Breakaway Banners?


Breakaway banners are custom-printed banners comprising two portions joined by Velcro down the middle. The two banner pieces combined make one cohesive image. They are often used at youth, high school, and college football games, where the joined banners are brought to the field and held by poles on either side. When the team enters the field, the players run toward the banner and break through it by the Velcro in the middle, creating a dynamic entrance that fans will surely cheer on as they go onto the field to start the game.

Our breakaway banners are made from durable 13 oz. vinyl, making it the perfect choice for football game entrances — they are 100% customizable, reusable, and durable enough to last multiple seasons while still giving you the custom look you need.

Standard & Custom Sizes Available

We offer our breakaway banners in any custom size so you can get exactly the banner you need. Banners can be ordered in any custom size between 2’H x 6’W & 10’H x 15’W.

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Breakaway Banner Features

Pole Pockets

Each breakaway banner comes with two sewn pole pockets, one on either end of the banner. These hemmed pockets are strong but simple ways to set up and hold your banners.


Breakaway banners are meant to be run through, which means they should be durable enough to withstand repeated entrances of a sports team. Our 13 oz. vinyl is the perfect material for games regardless of the weather conditions.


With Velcro patches down the middle of your banner, it's possible to use these weekly for several years. The banners are easily cleaned and stored between games or seasons for use in future seasons.

Additional Specs

  • Weight:

    0.083 lbs. per square foot

  • Thickness:

    13 oz. vinyl

  • Uses:

    Football games, basketball games, other sporting events, college & high school activities.

  • Print Method:

    Digitally printed UV ink

  • Estimated Lifespan:

    3+ years with proper use, care, and storage.

  • Common Sizes (WxH):

    12'x4', 10'x6', 12'x8', 14'x10


To set up your breakaway banner begin by laying the two banner pieces flat on the ground. Avoid any abrasive surface like concrete or asphalt when doing so. Attach the two banner pieces together with the corresponding velcro strips that run down the middle of each banner piece.

Assemble the poles using the push buttons and connecting the female and male ends of the poles.

Once the Velcro is attached, slide the assembled, compatible poles (optional purchase if poles are needed) into the pole pockets on each end of the banner.

Finally, stand the banner upright. Doing so typically requires multiple people depending on the size of the banner. To prevent the banner from sagging in the top center, pull the very top of each pole towards the outside of the banner to increase tautness.

Once the graphic is pulled tight you’ll be ready for a football team to run through the banner and begin their game!



To clean your banner simply wipe it down with a non-abrasive cloth dampened in a mixture of warm water and dish soap. Let the banner air dry. When storing the banner be sure to roll it up to prevent permanent creases from occurring. Avoid contact with sharp objects or placing anything on top of the banner. Make sure to store it in a cool, dry environment away from sunlight and weather exposure.


If you don’t already have poles (should be diameter of 1” or less) to use with your breakaway banner you’ll need a set of compatible poles to slide into the sewn pole pockets on either end of the banner. We offer compatible aluminum poles as optional accessories for your banner. We recommend our aluminum poles due to their lightweight yet durable nature. These poles are easily connected together via a push button and locking mechanism. Each pole section is approximately 36” long. We recommend ordering enough poles to have at least 1’ of extra pole length than the height of your banner so it can be held off the ground if desired.

How to Use the Breakaway Banner Templates

  1. Click on the template that suits your banner style, and you'll be directed to our online design tool. You can now start changing the banner to suit your sports team.

  2. Make your banner changes using our online design tool. Upload your sports team logo or write a cheering slogan for the team. You can also modify the template's colors, fonts, and images.

  3. If you are satisfied with your design, hit “Save and Continue", and you'll be redirected to our payments page to confirm your order.

Fast Production

Next Day Production

Order by 9PM EST and we’ll have your breakaway banner completed and shipped the next business day.

100% Customizable

Colors and design specific to your team or logo.

100% Satisfaction

We guarantee you'll love your custom breakaway banner. If you don't, we'll be sure to make it right.
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You won’t find a better banner for the price! June 2, 2024 by Jenny Dutil ( TX )
“Love banners from! I couldn’t believed when it arrived so quickly. Design process is quick and easy. I never have a complaint about the finished product! Better than I expected. The banner is beautiful”
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ALL AROUND AWESOME September 17, 2023 by Robin Brumley ( TX )
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Worth it!!! August 4, 2023 by Krystle
“Great price and great value! I shopped around locally and the price was over triple the amount. The poles are a little longer than I would have liked, but it’s an easy fix that my husband can do himself.”
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What are breakaway banners made of? Do you offer any different materials?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Breakaway banners are made from 13 oz. vinyl. This material allows your design, logo, or other graphics to be printed in high resolution on a durable material. We've found vinyl to be the best option for breakaway banners and much better than fabric or other materials due to its regular outdoor use. 13 oz. vinyl allows banners to be reused over many years while still looking as good as ever. Because of this we do not offer any other materials for custom breakaway banners.

What's the difference between breakaway banners and breakthrough or run through banners?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Breakaway banners and breakthrough banners are not only interchangeable but synonymous with a long list of terms including: run through banners, football run through banners, break through banners, bust out banners, and tear away banners. Although all of these names are slightly different they all refer to the same product. This product is most commonly used for youth and high school football games where the players on the team run through the banner at the beginning of a game. So while we (or you) may use varying terms, rest assured we're talking about the same thing! We offer a wide variety of custom banners. Some of our most popular banners are: standard vinyl banners, mesh banners, pole banners for cities and streets, fabric banners and retractable banners for events, presentations, trade shows, and other uses.

How thick are breakaway banners? Do you offer any other thickness options?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Breakaway banners are made from 13 oz. vinyl. This thickness allows for the banner to be light enough for a cheer team or parents to hold up while still giving it enough durability to be used repeatedly over a number of years. Because of these reasons we don't offer the breakaway banners in any other materials.

Can I get a double-sided breakaway banner?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Breakaway banners are meant to be run through from one side to the other. Since one side isn't shown during use it isn't necessary to print on both sides. Thus, they are only available as single-sided banners.

I need help designing my breakaway banner. Can you help me?
Asked a year ago by Signs
Yes, we can! Our design tool makes designing your breakthrough banner quick and easy. In the design tool you have the ability to upload your own design, images, and files or create a design from scratch. You can also add text, clipart, and colors to your design. If you need help with your design you can also take advantage of our free design services via our team of professional graphic designers.
Will my breakthrough banner have a cohesive design? Do both portions of the banner need their own separate design?
Asked a year ago by Signs

When designing your breakthrough banner you should factor in the velcro strip that will run vertically down the middle of the banner. This velcro attaches the two portions of the banner together to create a continuous design. By simply designing on our design tool or uploading your file as if you were doing a regular banner you should be just fine. The design tool will show where your pole pockets and velcro strip will be. Our production team and process will ensure that the corresponding velcro strips on either side of the two pieces will attach and make the fact that there are two pieces indiscernible from a distance.

How are the two pieces of run through banner connected? Is this the only option to attach the banner pieces together?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Breakaway banners are connected by a ½" wide velcro strip that runs down the middle of your run through banner. By using velcro to attach the banner together you'll be able to reuse the banner multiple times rather than a one-time use paper run through banner. The thickness of the strip of velcro has been tested to ensure that is durable enough to hold your banner together and be used for years to come but not so strong that it will prevent players from being able to crash through it.

Other companies offer a run through banner that is cut or slit ¾ of the way up the middle of the banner. Why don't you do it this way?
Asked a year ago by Signs

We've found the velcro strips on the two separate pieces work the best for players bursting through the banner at full speed. When the banner is cut ¾ of the way up it creates not only the potential to tear but a less cohesive image and more difficulty in storing and using your banner. We're 100% confident that you'll love your custom run through banner.

What printing method is used for your breakaway banners?
Asked a year ago by Signs
We use our state-of-the-art digital printers and high resolution UV ink for a printing process that creates vibrant, high quality breakaway banners.
Can I print a breakaway banner with a multicolor design?
Asked a year ago by Signs

Yes! You can design your breakaway banners using as many colors as you'd like. Our design tool is simple to use and you can choose from our color palette to get the exact look you're looking for. We also don't charge you for using more than one color or any number of colors. We print all of our custom signs in full color!