List of National Football League attendance figures

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The National Football League is the largest live spectator sport in the world (excluding auto racing) in terms of average attendance. Despite the recession and rising ticket prices,[1] as of the 2009-10 season the NFL averaged 67,509 live spectators per game, and 17,282,225 total for the season.[2]

Although average attendance is the highest in the world among team sports (excluding auto racing), ticket sales began declining when the U.S. economy went into recession in 2007.[3] The recession, rising ticket prices,[4] competition with other sports, competition with other forms of entertainment like movies, and high television coverage[5] have all been to blame for declining league attendance.

2011 attendance statistics[edit]

Reliant Stadium
New Meadowlands Stadium
Candlestick Park
Raymond James Stadium
Team Stadium Home Games Average Attendance Total Attendance Capacity Percentage
Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Stadium 8 85,512 684,096 106.9%[6]
New York Giants New Meadowlands Stadium 8 79,475 635,800 96.3%
New York Jets New Meadowlands Stadium 8 78,986 631,888 95.7%
Washington Redskins FedExField 8 76,921 615,368 83.9%
Denver Broncos Invesco Field at Mile High 8 75,327 602,618 99.0%
New Orleans Saints Mercedes-Benz Superdome 8 73,042 584,336 100.1%
Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium 8 72,292 578,342 98.0%
Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium 8 72,082 576,659 93.9%
Houston Texans Reliant Stadium 8 71,496 571,969 100.6%
Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium 8 71,224 569,792 100.3%
Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field 8 70,512 564,097 96.7%
San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park 8 69,732 557,856 99.3%
Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field 8 69,144 553,152 102.3%
Tennessee Titans LP Field 8 69,143 553,144 100.0%
Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome 8 68,986 551,892 96.8%
New England Patriots Gillette Stadium 8 68,756 550,048 100.0%
Seattle Seahawks CenturyLink Field 8 66,413 531,311 99.1%
Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Stadium 8 65,859 526,874 90.0%
San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium 8 65,392 523,143 91.7%
Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium 8 64,828 518,627 102.9%
Detroit Lions Ford Field 8 63,742 509,940 98.8%
Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field 8 63,034 504,279 97.0%
Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 8 62,816 502,529 98.0%
Jacksonville Jaguars EverBank Field 8 62,331 498,655 92.8%
Chicago Bears Soldier Field 8 62,145 497,166 101.0%
Arizona Cardinals University of Phoenix Stadium 8 61,181 489,455 96.5%
Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium 8 60,886 487,089 81.0%
Oakland Raiders Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 8 59,242 473,938 94.0%
St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome 8 56,394 451,153 86.3%
Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium** 7 62,694 438,864 85.8%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium* 7 56,614 396,300 86.2%
Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium 8 49,251 394,009 75.2%

2011 notes[edit]

2010 attendance statistics[edit]

Soldier Field
Gillette Stadium
CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field)
Cleveland Browns Stadium
Team Stadium Home Games Average Attendance Total Attendance Capacity Percentage
Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Stadium 8 87,047 696,377 108.8%[7]
Washington Redskins FedExField 8 83,172 665,380 90.7%
New York Giants New Meadowlands Stadium 8 79,019 632,156 95.8%
New York Jets New Meadowlands Stadium 8 78,596 628,768 95.3%
Denver Broncos Invesco Field at Mile High 8 74,908 599,264 98.4%
Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium 8 72,620 580,965 98.4%
Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium 8 71,227 569,817 100.3%
Houston Texans Reliant Stadium 8 71,080 568,643 100.0%
Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field 8 70,795 566,362 97.1%
New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome 8 70,038 560,304 96.0%
Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field 8 69,144 553,152 102.3%
Tennessee Titans LP Field 8 69,143 553,144 100.0%
New England Patriots Gillette Stadium 8 68,756 550,048 100.0%
Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome 8 67,850 542,800 95.2%
Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium 8 67,744 541,959 90.1%
Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium 8 67,672 541,380 88.2%
Seattle Seahawks Qwest Field 8 66,992 539,141 100.0%
Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium 8 66,975 535,942 106.3%
Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Stadium 8 66,116 528,933 90.3%
San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium 8 65,530 524,241 91.9%
Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field 8 63,083 504,669 97.1%
Jacksonville Jaguars EverBank Field 8 63,032 504,262 93.8%
Arizona Cardinals University of Phoenix Stadium 8 62,774 502,197 99.0%
Chicago Bears Soldier Field 8 62,195 497,561 101.1%
San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park 7 69,732 488,124 99.3%
Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium 8 60,364 482,917 92.1%
Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome** 8 58,751 470,009 94.1%
Detroit Lions Ford Field 8 56,285 450,286 87.3%
Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium** 7 63,195 442,366 86.5%
St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome 8 52,922 423,383 81.0%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium 8 49,314 394,513 75.1%
Oakland Raiders Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 8 46,431 371,448 73.7%

2010 notes[edit]

2009 attendance statistics[edit]

FedEx Field
LP Field
Heinz Field
Ralph Wilson Stadium
Team Stadium Home Games Average Attendance Total Attendance Capacity Percentage
Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Stadium 8 89,756 718,055 112.2% [8]
Washington Redskins FedExField 8 84,794 678,352 92.5%
New York Giants Giants Stadium 8 78,701 629,615 98.1%
New York Jets Giants Stadium 8 77,052 616,420 96.0%
Denver Broncos Invesco Field at Mile High 8 75,116 600,928 98.7%
Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium 8 73,289 586,314 99.3%
Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium 8 71,082 568,660 100.1%
Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field 8 70,708 565,666 97.0%
Houston Texans Reliant Stadium 8 70,608 564,864 99.4%
New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome 8 70,105 560,840 96.1%
San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park 8 69,732 557,856 99.3%
Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field 8 69,144 553,152 102.3%
Tennessee Titans LP Field 8 69,143 553,144 100.0%
Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Stadium 8 68,888 551,110 94.1%
New England Patriots Gillette Stadium 8 68,756 550,048 100.0%
Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome 8 68,173 545,389 95.7%
San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium 8 67,543 540,345 94.7%
Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium 8 67,542 540,342 89.8%
Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium 8 67,514 540,114 88.0%
Seattle Seahawks Qwest Field 8 67,392 539,141 100.6%
Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium 8 66,549 532,398 105.6%
Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium 8 64,004 512,032 97.7%
Minnesota Vikings Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 8 63,775 510,203 99.5%
Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field 8 63,485 507,882 97.7%
Arizona Cardinals University of Phoenix Stadium 8 63,142 505,143 99.6%
Chicago Bears Soldier Field 8 62,250 498,000 101.2%
Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium** 7 70,128 490,898 95.9%
St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome 8 55,237 441,901 84.6%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium 7 68,756 440,940 96.0%
Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Municipal Stadium 8 49,651 397,214 73.9%
Detroit Lions Ford Field 8 49,395 395,162 76.6%
Oakland Raiders Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 8 44,284 354,276 70.3%

2009 notes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Maske, Mark (2010-09-19). "With television ratings on the rise and attendance flagging, NFL faces a business dilemma". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
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