NFL GETS COAL FOR CHRISTMAS: More Empty Seats Across Country As Anthem Backlash Continues (PHOTOS)
NFL stadium attendance continues to suffer as the backlash from players protesting the National Anthem extends into week 16. Football fans from across the country are sharing photos showing stadiums plagued by empty seats this Christmas weekend.
At a recent press conference, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said “attendance is off by one percent.”
“We are over 98 percent filled to capacity, which is about where we’ve been in the past,” Goodell added.
Judging by photos shared by fans this season, how could Goodell have said that with a straight face?
“This nfl red zone channel is showing a lot of empty seats in a lot of stadiums today,” tweeted reporter Chuck Raasch.
This nfl red zone channel is showing a lot of empty seats in a lot of stadiums today.
— Chuck Raasch (@craasch) December 24, 2017
Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium
— Erik Cole (@ErikECole) December 24, 2017
— Javier Santa Cruz (@JavierSantacruz) December 24, 2017
— Paul Mondesire (@TallPaul513) December 24, 2017
Cleveland Browns vs. Chicago Bears at Soldier Field
11 minutes into the first quarter at a snowy Solider Field and plenty of seats are still available.
For the fans at home: 11 minutes left in the first quarter, and these are the west side stands. pic.twitter.com/ozCfFGwLtK
— James Neveau (@JamesNeveau) December 24, 2017
— Matthew Carlson (@MattCNews) December 24, 2017
Empty rafters seats galore well into the second quarter of the Browns vs. Bears game.
— Mike Overturf (@turffamily) December 24, 2017
Detroit Lions vs. Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium
The upper level of Paul Brown Stadium is nearly empty moments after kickoff.
“Bengals fans doing some self-reflection on this Christmas Eve,” joked the NFL reporter Chris Burke.
Bengals fans doing some self-reflection on this Christmas Eve. pic.twitter.com/D1oNXbHZ9q
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) December 24, 2017
Thousands of empty seats are visible halfway through the first quarter.
— April Wyatt (@ALW80) December 24, 2017
A sea of green seats visible with 12:45 left in the second quarter.
— #LegislationNOW (@Sit4Something) December 24, 2017
— Dom Vizor (@domvizor) December 24, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium
Plenty of bright blue seats still available in the second quarter.
— Brian Christiansen (@BrianFox46) December 24, 2017
Thousands of empty seats for fans to sit in at halftime.
— Heather Childers (@HeatherChilders) December 24, 2017
Miami Dolphins vs. Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium
The Dolphins vs. Chiefs game is plagued by poor attendance, as well.
“A lot of empty seats here, Rich. A little surprising …,” noted NFL announcer Kevin Harlan.
"A lot of empty seats here, Rich. A little surprising … " -Kevin Harlan
— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) December 24, 2017
“CBS just showed A LOT OF EMPTY SEATS at Arrowhead,” noted TV producer Chris Law.
CBS just showed A LOT OF EMPTY SEATS at Arrowhead #ChiefsKingdom
— Chris Law (@ChrisLaw) December 24, 2017
Well into the second quarter and thousands of red and yellow colored seats are still available.
— KelCon Technologies (@kelcontech) December 24, 2017
— Bill Lampe (@BillLampeVC) December 24, 2017
Denver Broncos vs. Washington Redskins at FedExField
— CJ Wallington (@cjwallington) December 24, 2017
— Mike D 📷 (@hockywizrd) December 24, 2017
Los Angeles Chargers vs New York Jets at MetLife Stadium
Looks like New Yorkers steered clear of the Jets game at kickoff.
— Keegan (@ImJustKeegan) December 24, 2017
— Joanne Trup (@JoanneTrup) December 24, 2017
With 12:20 left in the second quarter, many grey seats are still up for grabs.