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Empty seats mar New Meadowlands Stadium unveiling

Football is more popular than ever.   That’s why the scores of empty seats during the opening of the New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday was so embarrassing.

“It’s heartbreaking,” running back Brandon Jacobs said after the game.

As detailed by Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, the two sections of club seats in the mezzanine level opposite the Giants bench were almost completely empty.  A typical price for one of those seats: $12,500 for a PSL and $500 per ticket.

The seats aren’t seen on television, so they aren’t quite as embarrassing as the empty seats at Yankees and Mets games.  But they represent another cold miscalculation by out of touch owners that somehow overpriced the most overpriced sports fans in the country.

Myers writes that roughly 5,200 seats were unsold.  Despite almost unending demand.

The Giants love to point out that they are classier than the Jets.  But they treat even their obscenely rich fans with similar disdain. (Only obscenely rich fans are allowed in the mezzanine level, of course.)

How about the Giants admit a mistake, drop the prices, and let some of the fans they say they care so much about watch some football?

The unsold seats are only going to grow after opening day.

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  1. NYJALLFINGDAY says: Sep 13, 2010 1:33 PM

    Man, those Jets suck so bad, they can’t even sell out their brand new stadium.
    Oh wait.

  2. kevin08701 says: Sep 13, 2010 1:33 PM

    Funny how the Jets get all the PSL flack, even though the entire upper bowl was PSL free

  3. Nyjets31 says: Sep 13, 2010 1:34 PM

    Now this is a story that was well worth pointing out ,cause all we’ve heard over the past few months was how the Giants sold all there tix,and how the Jets were so far behind and their fans were s–ty ,see all you morons it just might be an economical problem not the Jets…just look at the price of some of those seats…

  4. huegtoad says: Sep 13, 2010 1:37 PM

    was the game blacked out? if the seats were unsold than the game should have been blacked out, did the giants pay that .35/dollar thingie to keep the game on tv? how does that work then, it’s cause for blackout in jacksonville but not NYC?

  5. cleanface says: Sep 13, 2010 1:38 PM

    Isn’t “heartbreaking” a bit strong of a word? I don’t find it heartbreaking that the Giants owners will collect less money. I doubt anyone was heartbroken that they didn’t drop 5 figures on those seats. Why spend all that money when you can stay home and watch in HD? You can get the Directv package for a couple hundred bucks. They really miscalculated this one.

  6. kevin08701 says: Sep 13, 2010 1:38 PM

    and I’m sure that Brandon Jacobs was “hearbroken” that 5,200 seats were unsold, out of 82,000

  7. robert ethen says: Sep 13, 2010 1:39 PM

    They kept some seats available for Jimmy Hoffa, along with his roommates down at the motel. Elvis, Hitler, Marilyn, Jack the Ripper, Lady Di, Amelia Earhart, and all.
    It would be nice if they could get out once in awhile instead of being cooped up, and having to put on disguise just to go to the grocery store or the 7-11. But, as usual, they didn’t show.

  8. huegtoad says: Sep 13, 2010 1:39 PM

    also i blame HDTV, i mean really other than the ability to yell and scream and tailgate and act stupid, wouldn’t you rather watch the game for free in HD in your home or at least a bar for the price of a couple of much cheaper beers and buffalo wings? I would

  9. NYJALLFINGDAY says: Sep 13, 2010 1:40 PM

    What’s the over under of bigbluefan showing up within the next hour and saying something stupid?

  10. jgrasty says: Sep 13, 2010 1:40 PM

    You may want to read the story you linked to in support of your claim that, “The Giants love to point out that they are classier than the Jets.” There is nothing in that story to support your statement.

  11. jamaltimore says: Sep 13, 2010 1:42 PM

    These new stadiums are ridiculous. 500 bucks for a seat? It’s funny to see the NFL evolve to capture the “corporate” customer. in doing so the game day experience has gone from a college feel to a wine and cheese crowd who could care less about the team, much less willing to shell out big money for a ticket for a game that’s secondary to the type of wine they’ll be serving or the type of internet access in the box. In the meantime the true fans who made the NFL what is was can’t afford to attend the games anymore without the teams losing money on the NEW Corporate overpriced skybox for those who want everything. The NFL hasn’t figured out that if I go to the football game I drink beer and maybe some peanuts. If I want sushi I go to a restaurant. If i want both I prefer a restaurant with a TV not a cold stadium with 90K people screaming.

  12. jj jones says: Sep 13, 2010 1:42 PM

    They will sell them when Tebow comes to town.

  13. Zidane Valor says: Sep 13, 2010 1:43 PM

    People are finally realizing that spending $400 on Sunday Ticket is a better deal than spending twice as much to watch half the season, deal with parking and concessions, and spend an hour trying get out of the parking lot to get home.

  14. downwithdansnyder says: Sep 13, 2010 1:45 PM

    “How about the Giants admit a mistake, drop the prices, and let some of the fans they say they care so much about watch some football?”
    Because then they will face a revolt from all the people that paid to get tickets and mortgaged their house to do it.

  15. RyanHarris says: Sep 13, 2010 1:45 PM

    Can someone tell me what the deal with the PSL is? I have no idea.

  16. t says: Sep 13, 2010 1:45 PM

    The giant fans are one of the worst fanbases in the NFL. This is just proof
    The redskins and Eagles games were packed

  17. GoTitans says: Sep 13, 2010 1:45 PM

    No problem in Titan Town. Every game, every year, sold out. As long as we been playing in Nashville. Go Titans!

  18. awdlmd says: Sep 13, 2010 1:46 PM

    Nobody wants to sit in those seats because they will look/feel like a sucker.

  19. dafish says: Sep 13, 2010 1:47 PM

    so, let me get this straight. Jacksonville has 63K at our game (all there to see Tebow of course) and in the preseason both games we had low 60K in tickets distributed (of course all tickets given away by a local supermarket), and we’re that little hick town who doesn’t belong in the NFL.
    Meanwhile, in New Jersey, they have a new palace that they cannot sell out, and it’s out of touch owners in a bad economy.
    I guess the Giants and Jets to LA talks are going to heat up.
    You media honks are so good at playing it both ways.

  20. footballrulz says: Sep 13, 2010 1:48 PM

    Was the game blacked out in NY?

  21. pftfanboy says: Sep 13, 2010 1:49 PM

    mid level seats for $500 a piece? am i missing something here?

  22. CHIEF ZEE says: Sep 13, 2010 1:49 PM

    Who wants to pay to see Carolina play? I’m sure the stadium would have been full had the eagles or redskins been the opponent.

  23. ducksmith says: Sep 13, 2010 1:53 PM

    Hmm. LA Giants?

  24. Gruber74 says: Sep 13, 2010 1:53 PM

    Where is that super fan, Jaydub? That guy was ripping every other team’s fanbase for not selling out stadiums and here the Giants (his team, even though he lives in Tampa) didn’t fill the seats for the stadium’s first game. HA!
    Too funny!

  25. Sourdough says: Sep 13, 2010 1:54 PM

    It is the economy. Plain and simple. Families can no longer justify sacrificing $300-400 dollars (family of four) to attend a game when there are so many financial decisions families are being forced to make that actually matter.
    Time for NFL fans to quit bashing one another and unite against greedy NFL owners.
    Signed,
    A Season Ticket holder

  26. drewschlitz says: Sep 13, 2010 1:54 PM

    Who wants to pay a Personal Seat License for a seat you’re actually sharing with a Jets fan? He’s probably some fat dude from Long Island who farts a lot. Gross.

  27. Citizen Strange says: Sep 13, 2010 1:57 PM

    $12,500 for a PSL and $500 per ticket.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    If my math is right – and it probably isn’t – it would cost a family of four $66,0o0 per year? That can’t be right can it? Sixty-six thousand?

  28. Jersuza says: Sep 13, 2010 1:57 PM

    Once the current administration gets through with income redistribution, there will be a whole lot more empty seats!

  29. DRJ says: Sep 13, 2010 1:59 PM

    It amazes me how many people still don’t understand the black out rule. Let me dumb this down for you all:
    Club seats don’t count towards blackouts
    Non Clubs seat do.
    In almost every stadium with the exception of a few you will see empty seats in the club seating. Let me dumb this down even further. Those are usually the seats between the 30′s with the exception of the upper decks.
    This is for 2 reasons.
    1. The seats are not sold
    2. The seat occupants are inside the club having cheese & wine while watching the game in AC on leather sofas.
    What is so hard for people to understand?
    Summary:
    Club Seats = don’t count towards blackouts
    Non Clubs= count towards blackouts
    Rinse & repeat

  30. TheRedBengal says: Sep 13, 2010 2:00 PM

    Uhh, it’s called supply and demand, nfl owners. It’s like any business: when people are demanding more product than you got, then continue your 3%+ hike every year. Ah, but when the supply outweighs the demand, and you aren’t selling as many “products”, it would behoove you to lower your price.

  31. habibfromnewdehli says: Sep 13, 2010 2:02 PM

    First of all, you were playing the Panthers. Nobody is going to pay $500 for that.
    Second, $500 for one seat in the MEZZAZINE level? Not even lower level? HA!
    Third… watch how the Jets do things. There is a reason they requested to play the RAVENS on opening night. Jets fans might not have bought all the tickets, but Ravens fans will be flooding that stadium. Now THAT’S how you open up the season.

  32. danielcp0303 says: Sep 13, 2010 2:04 PM

    Who would want to watch the Giants over the Jets anyways? That’s some awful football

  33. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Sep 13, 2010 2:05 PM

    Lets also give a round of applause to all of the Steelers fans that decided to show up to Heinz Field dressed like yellow seats…..

  34. MACHINE GUN IBIZA says: Sep 13, 2010 2:07 PM

    Its at this point I am compelled to note that an area with FAR less people in it than the tri-state area that the Giants consider as home turf. An area that sells out every game home. And every pre season game. And there is a 30 year waiting list for tickets. And they don’t shake down the local taxpayers for grandiose stadiums either.
    Hello Green Bay Packers!

  35. petro says: Sep 13, 2010 2:08 PM

    @ huegtoad – Agreed 100%. It’s nice to go to a game nce in a while but it’s more of a hassle with security, the bathroooms and the cost. I have great parking at home, clean bathrooms and food that isn’t jacked up in price.

  36. njhitman says: Sep 13, 2010 2:09 PM

    t says:
    September 13, 2010 1:45 PM
    The giant fans are one of the worst fanbases in the NFL. This is just proof
    The redskins and Eagles games were packed
    ———————–
    The new stadium has over 80’000 seats thats more the the where the Skins and Eagles play together and over 75,000 seats were sold so how can you try and compare the three stadiums

  37. hemry27 says: Sep 13, 2010 2:10 PM

    The New Jersey Giants and Jets both suck….so does their billion dollar stadium. Isn’t $12500 like a month’s rent for most of these fags? Cough it up and cheer on your little bitches Manning and Sanchez!

  38. PAJoe says: Sep 13, 2010 2:12 PM

    They kept some seats available for Jimmy Hoffa, along with his roommates down at the motel. Elvis, Hitler, Marilyn, Jack the Ripper, Lady Di, Amelia Earhart, and all.
    Great post! Too bad they couldn’t get their cut outs and put them in the seats. I’d LMAO to see that!
    The NFL owners need to put a little more effort in making it a fun experience as it’s really not worth the price, even if I had the money to pay for it.

  39. D wins games says: Sep 13, 2010 2:13 PM

    I hope the owners choke on their debt from unsold PSLs. This stadium is a freaking joke, built for increasing the revenue of the owners rather than the comfort of the fans. For the $28,000 I spent on PSLs, I get fewer escalators, which are now dangerously crowded, and fewer and much smaller bathrooms, where they couldn’t even bother putting in ceilings or TVs. The replay scoreboards are the only improvement. Oh, and as I sat in the rain, I wondered how it could be that the builders of the most expensive stadium in history couldn’t afford a retractable roof, but so many others can. But there are a lot more luxury boxes and club seats. Not easy to screw up when you have 76,000 season ticket holders and a waiting list of 130,000, but they managed to do it!

  40. Dutchman says: Sep 13, 2010 2:13 PM

    I remember when FedEx Field (Redskin stadium) opened there were open seats the first couple years.
    People say HD tv is making it more attractive to stay home.
    NO, its the price to go. Why spend $500 – $1,000 for a couple seats, food, parking, and stress, while agonizing through TV timeouts.
    Sports (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) are out pricing out their fan bases.

  41. kev86 says: Sep 13, 2010 2:14 PM

    I’m a die-hard and prefer my 52 inch TV. Like going to one game a year. GO BLUE!

  42. cunninglinguist says: Sep 13, 2010 2:16 PM

    The vagiants are a joke.

  43. Kevin from Philly says: Sep 13, 2010 2:17 PM

    Guess they’ll have to move the Giants somewhere where they’ll get some fan support. Like Jacksonville.

  44. Winninugly says: Sep 13, 2010 2:17 PM

    @ go titans. what’s exciting in nashville. exactly(nothing) and 500 for a seat is embarrassing to ask a fan to pay. unless your sitting by the coach and bench players.

  45. dndkpj says: Sep 13, 2010 2:19 PM

    It cannot be any worse than the Redskins. They were running commercials all over the early games yesterday trying to sell club seats- they have to have a lot if they are running TV commercials.
    I had club seats for the first ten years fedex field was open. Snyder tried to double the price at renewal. It already wasn’t worth it at the previous price.
    The media shouldn’t help the NFL by announcing the crowd size that any fool looking at a shot of the stands can tell is not accurate. I love watching preseason Redskins game with “attendance” of 90,000. They must all be sitting in each others’ laps.

  46. Zaggs says: Sep 13, 2010 2:19 PM

    How can price be an issue when the more expensive seats sold out?
    Another thing people seem to willfully forget is unlike Dallas, the Giants/Jets paid for the new stadium themselves (Dallas only contributed about 600 million), no tax revenue, no gifts from local government unlike Dallas stadium, or lincoln financial or fedex fields.

  47. Levito says: Sep 13, 2010 2:21 PM

    # NYJALLFINGDAY says: September 13, 2010 1:40 PM
    What’s the over under of bigbluefan showing up within the next hour and saying something stupid?

  48. joe.attaboy says: Sep 13, 2010 2:22 PM

    Wait?
    Empty seats in an NFL stadium, and there’s no mention of Jacksonville, the Jaguars, covered seats, Tim Tebow or west coast cities? Holy crap.
    OK, I’ll start.
    The Giants fans suck. Los Angeles, here come the Giants.

  49. jtaft says: Sep 13, 2010 2:23 PM

    NFL owners = Greedy pricks – I can’t understand why the owners just don’t stick to the status quo that brought them so much money in the 90′s and early 00′s…they keep trying to get more and more money…they are going to kill the golden goose in the process

  50. majorlots says: Sep 13, 2010 2:25 PM

    the biggest concern with that new stadium should be the awful turf. that field sucks badly, wtf was up with all the flying rubber pellets? that crappy turf is gonna cause some injuries in no time…

  51. Tinbender says: Sep 13, 2010 2:29 PM

    $12,500.00 for the privilege of buying a $500.00 seat to a Football game. @awdlmd, it’s because they will look/feel/be suckers. They might as well fill up the empty seats with blow up dolls as they care as much about the game in front of them as the people who shell out $12,500 + $500.00 per game just to say they “are somebody important”.

  52. seahawkfan says: Sep 13, 2010 2:31 PM

    How do they expect someone to pay 12,500 for a 3 hour game.

  53. Belichick for President says: Sep 13, 2010 2:40 PM

    I imagine the Giants will be moving to London in the next couple of years, since they have so much trouble selling out the stadium.
    Wait, that is only speculation if Jacksonville doesn’t sell out Sorry.

  54. seatofmypants says: Sep 13, 2010 2:40 PM

    Stadium was pretty loud yesterday – so who cares if there were some seats left unsold in the club areas.
    At $500 per ticket, that equates to $10k per season for a pair. Tough sell in any market.
    I am sure if they lowered the tickets to $5,000 PSL and $120 per ticket, (with club access available for an additional cost) they would have sold those seats, and there would have been people who were shut out. (FYI – that is the cost of the lower level end zone PSLs). They choose to market their product differently. I promise you there will not be an empty seat for the Cowboys or Eagles…..
    I had a great time at the game, and think the Giants are going to have a great season.

  55. bigbolt says: Sep 13, 2010 2:42 PM

    @Sourdough
    I’m with you. I’ve been a Chargers season ticket holder for a while now, but this will be my last year regardless of how the Chargers do this year. I’m sick of the greedy ego maniacs in the front office and the delusional me-first players. Not to mention the parking prices, beer prices, food prices, mile long lines to use the rest room, etc. All of it is just ridiculous. I know a pretty big group of Charger fans who didn’t renew their tickets this year and said they won’t be going to anymore games. At some point the fans have to come to their senses and put these owner and players in their place. Without the fans, they don’t make money. I would love to see empty stadiums all around the NFL this season.

  56. SomeFans says: Sep 13, 2010 2:42 PM

    jet fans- wipe your nose (other any other body part) and learn how to spell…. you just look dumber than usual with all the 3rd grade spelling.
    Now, to the point, better get used to empty seats when the Hype Machine is home… jets can’t close the door.

  57. windawg says: Sep 13, 2010 2:45 PM

    Sourdough wrote
    “It is the economy. Plain and simple. Families can no longer justify sacrificing $300-400 dollars (family of four) to attend a game when there are so many financial decisions families are being forced to make that actually matter.
    Time for NFL fans to quit bashing one another and unite against greedy NFL owners.
    Signed,
    A Season Ticket holder”
    Well said. Although the NFL is at its peak in popularity, they have already surpassed the point of putting themselves in dangerous territory with ticket prices. It is just not worth it for most people to shell out the type of money it takes for a family to have season tickets.
    And I know that as a Colts fan, my tickets are probably on the more reasonable side in the NFL. But I have a wife and 4 kids, so at $100/game/person, plus parking, concessions, tailgating supplies, etc., it is just not worth it to shell out for the entire season. And my wife and I both earn well into the 6 figures, so for those families that earn well less than that, I know that it is an even more difficult decision.
    I just scalp tickets now at a much lower price and go to fewer games. That money is used for other things my family can enjoy. It hasn’t happened yet, but it will soon. The NFL is due to have a reckoning due to inflated salaries and greed. I love the product, but how do I look my kids in they and tell them we can’t go on a trip to here or there, because we spent all that money on 8 days off football. Doesn’t make sense.

  58. BCfromHell says: Sep 13, 2010 2:49 PM

    Club level Personal Seat License: $12,500
    Single Game Ticket for Season: $5,000
    Spending $17,500 to sit by yourself in the stands because you can’t afford to bring family or friends……, priceless

  59. colin5656 says: Sep 13, 2010 2:51 PM

    Its funny they built the new stadium to have more club seats. So the owners alienated one fanbase for another that doesn’t want their product. Mr Mara your father would be ashamed of the way you treated your loyal fanbase. I hope you do lock the players out next year and the fans treat you like hockey.
    Want to send a message to the greedy owners and selfish players union? Don’t buy one item of NFL merchandise till the labor issue is resolved. Unite as Fans tired of footing the bill.

  60. JetReaper says: Sep 13, 2010 2:51 PM

    I’m a die-hard and prefer my 52 inch TV. Like going to one game a year. GO BLUE!
    YUP!!!!!!! JETS fan!!!
    I’ve got my 42” LCD and I’m in the process of building a media room with at least 2 TV’s with REDZONE on one.. A computer set up and my main TV will be projection and cover a good part of a wall…..
    No way in Hell would I spend that kind of money to battle traffic and weather…
    I’ll take that money and make my set up that much better!!!!
    EAT ME Mr PSL Inventor.

  61. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Sep 13, 2010 2:53 PM

    I went to the Pats game yesterday. I sat in the upper bowl (200-level), paid about $100 for the ticket, paid $40 for parking, spent about $60 on food/drinks, so all said I went out for a great day and spent $200. It’s not something I do every week and was easily budgeted. No biggie and a great time.

  62. gosox2673 says: Sep 13, 2010 2:54 PM

    # Citizen Strange says: September 13, 2010 1:57 PM
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    If my math is right – and it probably isn’t – it would cost a family of four $66,0o0 per year? That can’t be right can it? Sixty-six thousand?
    ——————————————-
    It’s actually closer to $70,000 Citizen. You’re forgetting the 2 preseason games they force you to purchase at full price.

  63. Geetee52 says: Sep 13, 2010 3:05 PM

    Stay home and watch games on TV. You can have two hot dogs apiece for a family of four for what it costs for just one at the stadium. That $8 price tab for the one beer at the stadium buys a whole six-pack (really cold and no waiting)…and there is no charge for parking in your driveway. Of course you may have to invite a local neighborhood drunk to come and fill your living room with F-bombs and start a fistfight if you miss the stadium experience that much, but other than that it is a much better deal.

  64. cunninglinguist says: Sep 13, 2010 3:05 PM

    @Somefans….you do realize the Jets didn’t play yesterday and that this article is about the Giants and their fans….or lack thereof.
    Moron

  65. Danwahl80 says: Sep 13, 2010 3:07 PM

    Its at this point I am compelled to note that an area with FAR less people in it than the tri-state area that the Giants consider as home turf. An area that sells out every game home. And every pre season game. And there is a 30 year waiting list for tickets. And they don’t shake down the local taxpayers for grandiose stadiums either.
    —————–
    Nah, they just raised the sales tax in Green Bay to pay for renovations on the old stadium, while the Giants and Jets paid for their stadium with 100% private money. Get your facts straight before you open your mouth.

  66. maxwellsmart says: Sep 13, 2010 3:10 PM

    Welcome to the party pal! Will we see talk that the Giants are moving to LA? time will tell….LA is just salivating at all their options…….go Jaguars!,,,,,haha

  67. maxwellsmart says: Sep 13, 2010 3:11 PM

    The NY football giants will soon be the LA football Giants……haha

  68. Nitro says: Sep 13, 2010 3:19 PM

    so with the psl’s it’s $2062 a ticket per game. The only people stupider then the stadiums management is the ones actually paying that.

  69. redscare says: Sep 13, 2010 3:31 PM

    So fans don’t want to pay massively over-inflated ticket prices, and don’t have sympathy for the players’ gestures of solidarity over money in this first week of play.
    And people wonder why there’s so much civic resistance to new stadiums.

  70. D wins games says: Sep 13, 2010 3:37 PM

    # gosox2673 says: September 13, 2010 2:54 PM
    # Citizen Strange says: September 13, 2010 1:57 PM
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    If my math is right – and it probably isn’t – it would cost a family of four $66,0o0 per year? That can’t be right can it? Sixty-six thousand?
    —————– ——————– ——
    It’s actually closer to $70,000 Citizen. You’re forgetting the 2 preseason games they force you to purchase at full price.
    ——————————————–
    The PSL is a one shot deal, gives you the right to buy the tix as long as the stadium is standing. So although it is a huge ripoff, not as big as you guys state

  71. east96street. says: Sep 13, 2010 3:38 PM

    “The unsold seats are only going to grow after opening day.”
    Seeing how almost the entire stadium is sold out for the season (a few club sections excluded) and the PSLs are already paid, I don’t think that’s possible. Now, more people may stay home based on the opponent and/or the Giants record, but those empty seats will have paid for in full, so I’m doubting that the Maras will care. I’ll never forget going to a Knicks game over a decade ago during a blizzard (I walked home from the Garden after the game. 2 feet of snow, tops.) and about 2,000 people were there. It was announced as a sellout. The Garden holds about 17,500 for Knicks games. The Knicks had sold the tickets, but most people didn’t live close enough to the Garden to make it worth the risk of attending a regular season basketball game in a “blizzard”. I’m sure the Knicks missed the revenue from food and beer, but they still got paid for those seats. I don’t think the Maras are too worried about 5,200 empty seats when they have money in hand from 77,000 PSLs AND tickets AND parking AND food, etc.,etc.. But your pleas for them to admit they made a “mistake” were refreshingly naive.

  72. petro says: Sep 13, 2010 3:45 PM

    I’m an Eagles fan but know full well that Giants fans are loyal and are simply being priced out. The Wall Street types are lesser in numbers now and the real fans that used to go to the games cannot afford it. It’s happened here in Philly with Lurie.

  73. redcell says: Sep 13, 2010 3:45 PM

    blackout is a bad business desicision plain and simple.owners blaming Goodel and the League is rediculous-the League works for the owners and if the owners want the blackout policy changed,it will be so.also,blackout makes the League and the owners look mean-spirited in these tough economic times.lost maket-share is lost and hard to win back.i expect to see change

  74. MACHINE GUN IBIZA says: Sep 13, 2010 3:46 PM

    Danwahl80–
    Maybe you need to learn to read. A sales tax for RENOVATIONS to a stadium that the City of Green Bay owns (hence it’s old pre Lambeau name “City Stadium”) is in no way comparable to taxpayer subsidies to stadiums that are nothing more than monuments to wretched excess and owners vanity.
    Now why don’t YOU get your facts straight before you open your mouth? Asshat!

  75. Borg30 says: Sep 13, 2010 3:47 PM

    @cunny, you are such a typicle jest fan,
    the giants will always be king of NY, and the fan base is still bigger, better and classier then jest fans.
    Go Ravens!!!!

  76. newbaum turk says: Sep 13, 2010 4:03 PM

    First off, I watched the Jacksonville game on TV and there was no way there were 63,000 people there. Thousands of empty seats. This is beyond price-gouging and why I gave up my Chiefs tickets. Remember what opportunity cost is from Econ 101? I decided that spending a house payment 10 weeks out of the year was ridiculous. Not to mention that Carl Peterson and the Chiefs treated their fan base worse than probably any other NFL team. Oh, and the continual losing did not help matters either. This crap is why everybody should be on the players side next year during the OWNER IMPOSED LOCKOUT! These guys make hundreds of millions before a ticket is sold. Here in KC the Jackson County taxpayers just got done building multi-billionaire Clark Hunt a completely renovated stadium. I understand that the players make a lot of money but their careers are short and they make nothing compared to the owners. Clark Hunt’s grandpa was at one time the richest person in America so why the hell are taxpayers giving hundreds of millions to a guy who hasn’t had to work a day in his life? The NFL is getting greedy just like MLB. They think that their sport will always be on top but they need to learn from baseball. And just like baseball, they won’t open their books. Gee, I wonder why?

  77. JVult says: Sep 13, 2010 4:03 PM

    “The unsold seats are only going to grow after opening day.” Yeah Rosenthal if the Giants keep winning like they did Sunday i am sure their attendance will drop. Another brilliant statement by the 12 year old.

  78. colin5656 says: Sep 13, 2010 4:07 PM

    what’s up two posts erased on this thread guess you can’t start a Fan Union on PFT
    Guess you can’t bad mouth the NFL owners and Players Union or Florio will kick you off
    Send a message to the Greedy Owners and Selfish Players Union don’t buy one Item of NFL merchandise until the Labor issue is resolved
    Am I violating some terms of service?
    Why bother putting an article like that up you mention the outrageous prices and the fact that nobody’s paying them. Or is just an antiNY bias.
    Way to censor. Ithought this was a ProFootball site for the Fans. Not propaganda for owners and players. I guess you sold out with that big NBC money.

  79. No1billsfan says: Sep 13, 2010 4:15 PM

    Good, maybe the Giants can move to LA instead of the Bills — we packed Ralph Wilson Stadium yesterday even though we have no QB.

  80. The Real Shuxion says: Sep 13, 2010 4:20 PM

    The NFC East has the strongest fanbase and of the four teams the Giants are BY FAR the weakest.

  81. omegalh says: Sep 13, 2010 4:20 PM

    How does FIREMAN Ed afford his tickets?

  82. Ralphie says: Sep 13, 2010 4:25 PM

    @MDS says:
    “It’s heartbreaking,”….” another cold miscalculation by out of touch owners”…”obscenely rich fans with similar disdain”
    WTF? Is this PFT, or a passage from a Harlequin novel?

  83. schultzjr50 says: Sep 13, 2010 4:27 PM

    The PSL cost is a 1 time thing. You don’t pay $12500. per year. Club seats are the most expensive. But you get the extras (less crowded bathrooms, bars, better concessions, but all cost more) They did a cut in to the Jax/Den game and for a close game at the end the lower level seats were empty.

  84. No-Neck says: Sep 13, 2010 4:58 PM

    That stupid Pappa Johns commercial with Snyder and Jones is the reason the whole NFL is in trouble. Those two owners and their wine and cheese markets keep upping the ante expecting the rest of the NFL cities to keep pace. Well boys and girls, the tipping point has arrived and supply for tickets has just surpassed demand.
    Not every city has a 60,000+ market of wine and cheesers like those two cities, or an insane fanbase like Pittsburg and Greenbay. So F all you elitist NFL fans who think your team’s fans are better then everyone elses. And back off of the Jags, Bucs, Chargers, Vikings, and Bills fans. They don’t deserve the abuse. The LA Giants or LA Jets would be a better solution since NYC has two franchises and apparantly not enough fans (I mean ticket buying fans) to spread around.

  85. JSpicoli says: Sep 13, 2010 5:07 PM

    Whoever thinks the low seats are the good ones in Football, please keep thinking that and paying all that money to see a close up view of nothing. The fact that a high price and what people say about them is what makes you want them, shows how much you know about watching the sport.
    Mediumhigh for football, and low for baseball, that is what true sports fans do.

  86. steelers rule says: Sep 13, 2010 5:19 PM

    OK New York can’t sell out, MOVE THEM!

  87. No-Neck says: Sep 13, 2010 5:39 PM

    @ schultzjr50
    The Jax/Den game had a 104 heat index and a 30 minute lightning delay and deluge of rain during the 4th quarter. All the club seat fans went to go watch in the confines of the clubhouse. I’d say about 40,000 strong stuck around despite those conditions. You wouldn’t know anything about that because you were probably watching the game in the air conditioning on your flat screen TV. Don’t make stupid comments.

  88. Jaydub says: Sep 13, 2010 6:19 PM

    # Gruber74 says: September 13, 2010 1:53 PM
    Where is that super fan, Jaydub? That guy was ripping every other team’s fanbase for not selling out stadiums and here the Giants (his team, even though he lives in Tampa) didn’t fill the seats for the stadium’s first game. HA!
    Too funny!
    ———————————————————–
    My 4 seats were occupied in 114, sport.
    Did you enjoy watching the Bucs on TV yesterday? I had a blast watching the Giants. They were televised, and I watched them with a smile on my face. I’ll be at the next 3 home games for certain.
    Since you have no plans to attend any Bucs games this season, which are right in your own backyard no less, I’d keep my yap shut about other people if I were you. You aren’t a fan, clown. Admit it, accept it, and stop trying to tell people that you care about the Bucs. You’ll be much better off.

  89. edgy1957 says: Sep 13, 2010 7:08 PM

    Gotta tell you that I’m laughing my ass off at the fact that the stadium that will be hosting an outdoor Super Bowl in the dead of winter is hosting a game that’s being delayed BY RAIN.

  90. Bigbluefan says: Sep 13, 2010 7:35 PM

    Funny how you country yokels dont get it
    When the stadium was planed the PSL prices were laid out.
    Then you fools elected a socialist the bottom fell out of the market.
    In two years all those High End PSLs the most costly are the lower level behind the giants bench with access to the coaches club which is right behind the bench.
    There are some of the the mezzanine level club seats still for sale as well but I am one of those folks that the hick who wrote this called rich fans are allowed in the mezzanine level, of course.)
    Just because they require shoes the hicks can not get in

  91. Bigbluefan says: Sep 13, 2010 7:39 PM

    Oh and btw to the idiot who wrote this as all the sold seats are PSL why would the number of empty seats grow??
    And to all of you who bash the Giants the only unsold seats are Club seats that do have a higher price tag but worth every penny.
    The best part is when teams like the egals and cowscum come to town they will not be sitting in the club section since the psl’s cost more then they paid for there row house in fishtown
    Yes the club seat are for those of us that are obscenely rich fans are allowed in the mezzanine level, of course.
    And we do not have to rub elbows with the common man

  92. schultzjr50 says: Sep 13, 2010 9:05 PM

    No Neck
    I’ve sat in rain at games and with a close game like that you don’t leave until its over. By the way CBS cut to the game because the Pats were blowing out the Bengals. It was also cloudy here in Pa.

  93. n0hopeleft says: Sep 14, 2010 12:05 AM

    NYJALLFINGDAY says:
    September 13, 2010 1:33 PM
    Man, those Jets suck so bad, they can’t even sell out their brand new stadium.
    Oh wait.
    __________________________________
    OH WAIT… What now bitch?
    THE JETS SUCK!!! Vinny Testaverde is better right now on his couch than Dirty Sanchez’s vagine.

  94. burtreynolds says: Sep 14, 2010 7:12 AM

    Lets see, that $500 will buy you NFL Sunday Ticket. $12,500 will buy you a wall of TVs. I wonder why people aren’t tackling each other for a chance at these club seats?
    The bottom line is that I am sure there are plenty of fans who would have loved to be there on opening day. Unfortunately, since about 2000 this country has seen huge increases in housing costs and health care costs, while wages remain stagnant. Most people will put a roof over their head and pay for their kids to go to the doctor before heading to opening day of any NFL team.

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