The NFL Is Seriously Concerned With Empty Stadiums

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The NFL Is Seriously Concerned With Empty Stadiums
 

 
Week 1 of the NFL season had plenty of important stories worth following, but maybe the most entertaining was the mostly empty stadiums in Los Angeles and Santa Clara. Both the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers had sparse crowds for their home openers, and that has not gone unnoticed by the NFL.


Ian Rapoport's report (try and say that fast five times) above shows that the league is clearly worried about the optics of half-filled stadiums. And they should be. It's embarrassing for the league.
This is what the 49ers crowd looked like at the start of the second half in Week 1:


And here's what the Rams crowd looked like in the first quarter:


Here's the thing, the NFL's plans for relocating teams have been hilariously ham-fisted. Moving the 49ers to Santa Clara, 45 minutes from San Francisco was a moronic decision. Levi's Stadium is also positioned so roughly 70 percent of the stadium bakes in the sun with no chance of shade.

Meanwhile, the Rams might actually have decent attendance once they move into their new stadium, but that's a huge gamble. Until then, they'll likely be dealing with sparse crowds at the Coliseum for the next three seasons. It's terrible optics for the NFL to have empty stadiums and absolutely no atmosphere for games.

And we haven't even gotten to the Los Angeles Chargers, who haven't even been able to sellout a 27,000-seat stadium. No one wanted the Chargers in Los Angeles, and it has shown so far. Dean Spanos and his family have consistently claimed they are pleased with ticket sales and "excited" about what's happened with the franchise in LA, but look at the following picture for the team's first ever official game in Los Angeles:

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That was taken just before publishing this piece. Everything in color there is a ticket on sale for the team's Week 2 matchup with the Miami Dolphins. Many of them are "re-sale" tickets that were likely snagged up by brokers when season tickets went on sale. Those brokers will likely aim to sell those seats to opposing fans all season. That graphic is stunning because it comes from just one ticket selling website, and there are several others that each have hundreds of tickets available.

The fact that the Chargers can't find 27,000 fans to fill their tiny soccer stadium home for their opener in a new city would be shocking if you hadn't followed this move from the beginning. But, let's be real: there is zero buzz around the team, fan outreach efforts have been widely mocked and San Diego fans have abandoned the franchise en masse after the way the team's ownership treated its former city. No matter how much lipstick the NFL tries to put on that situation, it's always going to look like a pig.

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 1 week ago '16        #2
Southpaw 625 heat pts625
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sh*tty teams + Ticket price raises

its not rocket science
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 1 week ago '17        #3
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Nobody would go at all if it wasn't for tailgating.

Watching a game in person is rough. 75% of your time is spent watching players stand on the field waiting for commercial breaks to end.
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49ers gotta lower prices. Levi is too expensive right now and with the team in rebuild mode the price just isn't worth it. I like the stadium but it does get very hot if your sitting in the wrong spot, they should add canopies for shade.
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Lol cali need teams tho
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Paid 100 for Sunday Ticket fu*k a crowd and overpriced everything
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damn i truly feel the end of football will be upon us within the next 20-25 years
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Difference with the niners is their seats are sold. Fans just prefer to hang out in the shade
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 Schmoove said:
Nobody would go at all if it wasn't for tailgating.

Watching a game in person is rough. 75% of your time is spent watching players stand on the field waiting for commercial breaks to end.

i couldnt imagine what its like in person
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Let's see: 2 lower bowl non-corner or endzone seats: min $125-$300 (face) each; $50-$75 to park; $10-$15 per beer; lousy overpriced food; tv timeouts; lines in the bathroom; cramped seats; getting seated by loud drunks; having to f!ght traffic in and out of the stadium; tailgating cleanup; overpriced merchandise. Sweating or freezing to death. That's why people aren't going to games. The last couple times I went, I felt like I wasted my time and money.
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 1 week ago '09        #11
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Fake news
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The curse of Kaep begins. Fuk the nfl.
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You think any of it had to do with the NFL's stance on players speaking on social issues? Or just sh*tty teams? I've heard of some people not wanting to support the NFL because of situations like Kap's kneeling etc.
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Levi's gotdamn
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 Southpaw said:
sh*tty teams + Ticket price raises

its not rocket science
'rock and science?' you mean



What the hell is rocket science?
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 El Flaco said:
You think any of it had to do with the NFL's stance on players speaking on social issues? Or just sh*tty teams? I've heard of some people not wanting to support the NFL because of situations like Kap's kneeling etc.
Did you read the article?

It's only talking about LA and Santa Clara.....nothing else....just two stadiums....no social issues or anything else
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 That Guy Fly said:
Fake news
don't offer any type of evidence to back up clai... just yell fake news smh

what a fu*kin world we live in lol
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 !!! said:
Levi's gotdamn
thought they had the best fanbase though
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Make mortgage payment or buy tickets to a sh!tty game. Hmmm such a hard choice...
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NFL games are boring af towatch. Most of them games this past week were HOT GARBAGE. n*gga we aint tryin to watch Savage, Tolzien, Palmer, Cousins, Dalton, Hoyer etc.

The sh*t is hot garbage!
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