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.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium

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.

Attendee Mathew Carlson tweeted, “Only about half of snowy Soldier Field’s 61,500 seats are occupied for game between  and 

Empty rafters seats galore well into the second quarter of the Browns vs. Bears game.

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.

Thousands of empty seats are visible halfway through the first quarter.

A sea of green seats visible with 12:45 left in the second quarter.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium

Plenty of bright blue seats still available in the second quarter.

Thousands of empty seats for fans to sit in at halftime.

“Halftime @Panthers up 12-6 over Tampa Bay! #MerryChristmas,” tweeted Heather Childers.

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.

“CBS just showed A LOT OF EMPTY SEATS at Arrowhead,” noted TV producer Chris Law.

Well into the second quarter and thousands of red and yellow colored seats are still available.

Denver Broncos vs. Washington Redskins at FedExField

Los Angeles Chargers vs New York Jets at MetLife Stadium

Looks like New Yorkers steered clear of the Jets game at kickoff.

With 12:20 left in the second quarter, many grey seats are still up for grabs.

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