Sports Authority Field, Home of the Denver Broncos

The outcome of the 2012 NFL season was anything but dull. The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens both returned to their former dominance by earning a trip to the Super Bowl in New Orleans. For the first time ever, two brothers would coach against each other in a Super Bowl (Jim and John Harbaugh). The Baltimore Ravens went on to win their second Super Bowl since 1999. Here is how each team fared in attendance for the 2012 NFL season. 

 

Venue/Team

Total Season Attendance

Avg. Nightly Attendance

Percentage of Capacity

1. AT&T Stadium (Cowboys)

708249

88531

110.70%

2. Metlife Stadium (Giants)

643964

80495

97.60%

3. Fedex Field (Redskins)

637236

79654

86.90%

4. Metlife Stadium (Jets)

632704

79088

95.90%

5. Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Broncos)

613062

76632

100.70%

6. Bank of America Stadium (Panthers)

586347

73293

99.30%

7. Mercedes-Benz Superdome (Saints)

583107

72888

99.90%

8. NRG Stadium (Texans)

573321

71665

100.90%

9. M&T Bank Stadium (Ravens)

570229

71278

100.40%

10. Lambeau Field (Packers)

564062

70507

96.70%

11. Georgia Dome (Falcons)

560773

70096

98.40%

12. Candlestick Park (49ers)

557856

69732

99.30%

13. Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles)

553152

69144

102.30%

14. LP Field (Titans)

553144

69143

100.00%

15. Gillette Stadium (Patriots)

550044

68755

100.00%

16. Arrowhead Stadium (Chiefs)

548070

68508

89.30%

17. CenturyLink Field (Seahawks)

543570

67946

101.40%

18. FirstEnergy Stadium (Browns)

533058

66632

91.00%

19. Lucas Oil Stadium (Colts)

521518

65189

103.50%

20. Everbank Field (Jaguars)

519872

64984

96.80%

21. Ralph Wilson Stadium (Bills)

454653

64950

88.90%

22. Ford Field (Lions)

510158

63769

98.90%

23. Soldier Field (Bears)

498633

62329

101.30%

24. Paul Brown Stadium (Bengals)

489504

61188

93.40%

25. Heinz Field (Steelers)

489135

61141

94.10%

26. University of Phoenix Stadium (Cardinals)

487125

60890

96.00%

27. The Metrodome (Vikings)

485802

60725

94.70%

28. Qualcomm Stadium (Chargers)

479716

59964

84.10%

29. Sun Life Stadium (Dolphins)

459033

57379

76.30%

30. Edward Jones Dome (Rams)

396925

56703

76.30%

31. Raymond James Stadium (Buccaneers)

440819

55102

83.90%

32. O.co Coliseum (Raiders)

 

433732

54216

86.00%

An astonishing ten teams finished the season having sold out every home game. The Dallas Cowboys operated at an attendance capacity of a whopping 110% and as usual were first in attendance. They were able to reach that number with all of the 'Party Pass' tickets offered at AT&T Stadium. These are the standing room only tickets for fans. The NFC East as a conference also boasted strong attendances with three of it's four teams in the top five. 

What's intriguing is how the Pittsburgh Steelers are always at the bottom of the league's attendance lists yet boast by far one of the league's most popular franchises. Those numbers should change in coming years when they add some 4,000 additional seats to Heinz Field.

The largest jump in attendance in 2012 seemed to have happened in Cincinnati with the Bengals. They finished dead last in attendance in 2011 with less than 400,000 fans attending a Cincinnati Bengals game. In 2012, they climbed eight spots with nearly 490,000 Bengals fans turning out for games. The largest drop in attendance happened in Kansas City who finished 8th in NFL attendance in 2011 but 16th in NFL attendance in 2012. Arrowhead Stadium has always been one of the more frequented stadiums with it's passionate fan base and lively tailgate scene. 

For the second straight year, the Tampa Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins all finished in the bottom five on the NFL attendance list. This is simply because of a lack of competitiveness on behalf of those teams. 

 

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