Frustrated Giants fans listened as they cheered less at MetLife Stadium.
According to a Sports Business Daily report released on Friday, attendance for the Giants' eight home games decreased by 3 percent in 2019. Overall, the NFL attendance dropped to 66,648 per game, the lowest level since 2004.
With the largest seat capacity in the NFL (82,500), the Giants averaged 74,665 per game, compared to 76,941 in 2018. The Giants missed the playoffs in seven of their last eight seasons and had the fewest wins (12) in the NFL The last three seasons together.
The Chiefs, Dolphins, Raiders, Bengals, Chargers, and Jaguars were the only teams to see attendance drop of more than 3 percent per SBJ. The Raiders played their last season in Oakland before moving to Las Vegas, and the other teams (alongside the runaway bosses) joined the Giants in the bottom seven teams in the NFL record class.
The presence of the jets improved by 0.7 percent from 77,982 to 78,523. Only the cowboys on average attracted more people than the jets in their huge stadium, which only had standing room available.
The Giants increased ticket prices in 2017 – a first for most tickets since the stadium opened in 2010 – but not since then.
"It's been too many years since we had a winning team on the field," said Giants co-owner John Mara this week after firing coach Pat Shurmur. "Nobody feels that more than Steve [Tisch] and myself.
"It is not easy to sit in your stadium and see fans of the other team, and that has happened too often this year. We feel the same if not more than the fans, and we are determined to try this Doing things right. "
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