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NFL Statistically Speaking – Stadium Capacity ‘11

Throw out the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals and the capacity that NFL teams played in front of last season pretty much matches up with their regular season record.

The formula is simple – win games equals more butts in the seats for every home game. The New Orleans Saints led the NFL in capacity percentage, filling the Superdome at 107.4 percent with an average attendance of 73,041. They also went 13-3 on the season.

Of the top 10 stadiums in capacity, only one team finished with a losing record in 2011, the Indianapolis Colts. They went 2-14 and finished with 102.1 capacity at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The lowest capacity team actually finished with a winning record. Cincinnati averaged just 49,251 fans, and that was just 75.2 percent of capacity.

The figures the Chiefs turned in on the season show they played to 90.7 percent capacity, the eighth worst average in the league. They averaged 72,082 per game in a 7-9 season.

Here are the numbers of the lowest and highest capacity teams in the NFL for the 2011 home games:

Lowest Capacity % for Home Games 2011

Team

Attendance

Average

Capacity

% Capacity

Rec.

Cincinnati

394,000

49,251

65,515

75.2 %

9-7*

Miami

487,089

60,886

75,192

81.0 %

6-10

Washington

615,368

76,921

91,704

83.9 %

5-11

Buffalo

438,864

62,694

73,967

84.8 %

6-10

St. Louis

451,153

56,394

66,000

85.4 %

2-14

Tampa Bay

398,300

56,614

65,908

85.9 %

4-12

Cleveland

526,874

65,859

73,300

89.8%

4-12

CHIEFS

576,659

72,082

79,451

90.7 %

7-9

Jacksonville

498,655

62,331

67,164

92.8 %

5-11

San Diego

523,143

65,392

70,000

93.4 %

8-8

Highest Capacity % for Home Games 2011

Team

Attendance

Average

Capacity

% Capacity

Rec.

New Orleans

584,335

73,041

68,000

107.4 %

13-3*

Dallas

684,096

85,512

80,000

106.9 %

8-8

Philadelphia

553,152

69,144

67,594

102.3 %

8-8

Indianapolis

518,627

64,828

63,500

102.1 %

2-14

Chicago

497,166

62,145

61,500

101 %

8-8

Houston

571,969

71,496

71,054

100.6 %

10-6*

Baltimore

569,792

71,224

71,008

100.3 %

12-4*

Tennessee

553,144

69,143

69,134

100 %

9-7

New England

550,048

68,756

68,756

100 %

13-3*

San Francisco

557,856

69,732

69,732

100 %

13-3*

*-made the 2011 playoffs.


2 Responses to “NFL Statistically Speaking – Stadium Capacity ‘11”

  • July 3, 2012  - ChuckXX says:

    I guess I don’t feel that almost 91% attendance is all that bad. Actually it looks fairly good if you look at it from the average of 72,082 per game. I will say that only once did I sit up in the nose bleed section and I said never again.


  • July 3, 2012  - R W says:

    So the Chiefs are about 7500 fans short of a sellout per game. How does that relate in lost revenue? If an average fan spends a modest $100 which includes ticket, parking, concessions, and merchandise sales per game, here’s the spreadsheet:

    $100 x 7500= $750,000 x 8 games= $6M

    That number is likely even higher but does bring focus and clarity to the need for a consistent winning product being on the field.




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