Tickets remain available for first Rams playoff game in L.A. since 1979

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The Rams will host a playoff game tomorrow night for the first time in Los Angeles since 1979, but the local fans aren’t exactly clamoring for tickets.

Go to the Rams’ website and you can find section after section, row after row of tickets available. Want eight tickets together? No problem. They’re available. In many sections of the stadium.

It’s not exactly news that the Rams haven’t been able to fill out the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Although the return of pro football to Los Angeles in 2016 resulted in strong initial interest, that interest quickly fizzled thanks to a bad and boring brand of football that got coach Jeff Fisher fired. This year, new coach Sean McVay has rejuvenated the Rams, winning the NFC West with an exciting style of play, but the interest hasn’t returned.

But it has to be disappointing to the Rams, who saw regular-season attendance decline by about 25 percent this season, that even a playoff game isn’t drawing a bigger crowd. The Coliseum routinely draws crowds of more than 80,000 for USC games, but as Rams receiver Robert Woods, who played at USC, said on PFT PM this week, they’re still hoping to get that kind of atmosphere for an NFL game.

“We’ll really find out this weekend, this night game, seeing the atmosphere, seeing how loud it gets,” Woods said.

For their part, the Rams tell PFT they’re pleased with the pace of ticket sales, noting that they have sold more than 70,000 tickets for the game. The team says the remaining tickets are only a limited number. We’ll see on Saturday night just how full the house is.

49 responses to “Tickets remain available for first Rams playoff game in L.A. since 1979

  1. What happened to all of those pre-orders for the new stadium?

    The excuse right now is down to a bad NFL facility. Before it was Georgia Frontiere, the move to Anaheim, and a bad team. One thing is clear. There is NO WAY LA should have two teams.

  2. The force fit to get not just one, but two teams forced into the LA market is just dumb. LA has NEVER consistently supported an NFL franchise. The most success was probably the Raiders….and they left! No one should be surprised that there isn’t enough interest to sell out a playoff game. There’s never been enough interest period!

  3. Calm down. The Packers couldn’t sell out a playoff game a few years ago and nobody suggested they should leave town. It’s a 93,000-seat stadium that isn’t NFL quality. I don’t blame people for staying home to watch on TV.

  4. You really need to stop comparing attendance between USC and the Rams.

    USC is an LA institution that has developed generations of loyal Los Angelenos into its fanbase. They have also never hit the reset button by leaving. The Rams left and they, as well as the media, shouldnt expect the fans to come ‘clamoring back’ just because an NFL team is here.

  5. And not that there are a lot of Falcons fans outside of the ATL., but they’ll probably make-up 30% (at least) of the fans in attendance on Sat.

  6. There’s not a snowball’s chance in hell that this game sells out. The arena seats 90,000 and there aren’t even that many Rams fans in Los Angeles (a city with a population of over 4 million).

    Nice work, Goodell.

  7. I am a season ticket holder , And it does suck that we don’t have a good fan base , but the coliseum is a dump when the stadium is at 80,000 you can’t get food a drink or use the restroom with out waiting in a line , if the Rams continue to do well for the next few years it will be interesting to see how the new stadium does

  8. No contra, they should not stop comparing. It’s pathetic that an NFL team is getting spanked by a college football team. LA fans have always been crappy for the nfl. The NFL screwed st Louis, a loyal fan base, and now its getting what it deserves.

  9. Everyone knows the #1 team in L.A. is the Raiders.

    But still, the Rams were there for a significant amount of time, and with such a big area, that place should sell out lickety-split.

    There’s got to be some reservations about building a ~2 billion dollar complex for this.

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    In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Calm down. The Packers couldn’t sell out a playoff game a few years ago and nobody suggested they should leave town. It’s a 93,000-seat stadium that isn’t NFL quality. I don’t blame people for staying home to watch on TV.
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    Then who do you blame? Certainly there is fault to have two teams in LA. Always someone else’s fault, isn’t it?

  11. The NFL should just move the rams back to st Louis. I bet that stadium they hated so much would look pretty nice now. The NFL should just apologize for being greedy, admit they were wrong, and put the team back where it was appreciated.

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    rams645 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    I am a season ticket holder , And it does suck that we don’t have a good fan base , but the coliseum is a dump when the stadium is at 80,000 you can’t get food a drink or use the restroom with out waiting in a line , if the Rams continue to do well for the next few years it will be interesting to see how the new stadium does
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    Have to stand in line to get a drink or go to the bathroom, you say? Welcome to the NFL.

  13. The logistics of a USC crowd filled with students is much different than trying to get 80k NFL fans in and out of that location. I attended the Cowboys game last season and it was chaos.

  14. pauldeba says:

    January 5, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I don’t see anything about the Patriots in this article. Did I miss something?
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    The rift between Kraft, Brady, Belichick is causing fans in LA to skip the Rams game to wait for any more potential updates on the Patriots

  15. If you can’t sellout playoff games then you should go on “The List”.

    List being the teams that will be moved when taxpayers in an a NFL starved city get conned into raising taxes on themselves to pay for 2 billion in steel, concrete, seats & grass.

  16. If they were playing someone other than Atlanta, it would be sold out with visiting fans. Falcon fans don’t travel in numbers like Eagles, Steelers, Packers, Raiders, Cowboys, Giants fans do. On a side note, I agree with the others posts that say LA doesn’t need two NFL teams. Golden Goose is squawking loudly…

  17. This can’t be a surprise to anyone outside of the NFL.

    Did you see the sea of black when the Raiders played the Chargers in LA?

  18. So why is ticket sale the only measure for determining a successful franchise? Fact of the matter is that a very small percentage of a team’s revenue comes from ticket sales. Yes it looks bad with lots of empty seats, but for those saying its a reason to move the team back to St. Louis get real.

  19. NFL is down in general, so no surprise that a team like the Rams are not doing so well.
    Maybe they should have thought about that before they alienated fans.

  20. I would think they have to earn the fans’ support. 70,000 is still more than many stadiums can even hold, but it’s only been two seasons now, and this is the franchise’s first playoff game in a while. When they are consistently winning, the attendance will go up. It’s simple sports logic – bad teams have disappointing attendance, especially new teams. Not a big surprise there… Give it a few years, and then we can make more reasonable conclusions.

  21. Only way attendance gets remotely to where it should be next year is if the Rams win the Superbowl. Maybe then they will get enough bandwagon fans to show up. As soon as they hit a decline those fans will be gone too. I hope the new stadium doesn’t build too many seats.

    They could try and put two fields beside each other in the same stadium and make the Rams and Chargers play all their home games at the same time. Maybe just maybe with 4 teams playing at once they can sell out tickets.

  22. I think we need an investigation into the fans who are colluding not to buy tickets.

  23. @harryglyphics says:

    A night game in South Central?

    No thanks
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    Initially I got a good laugh but then thought about the 2 shootings near AT&T Stadium in Dallas (Arlington), the crimes committed after Raiders games in Oakland and San Francisco and then realized USC plays night games all the time and don’t have problems.

  24. It’s no shock it’s not sold out. Atlanta is far and an expensive trip. Next time Rams should try to get matched up with a team that’s closer in proximity so LA can sell some tickets.

    FYI I know how playoff teams are seeded and matched up, I was just making the point that the LA Coliseum has been a destination for visiting team and the home crowd is pathetic.

  25. If it’s a brand new 3 billion silver palace…..you can maybe get more but…..there is a fine line between real football fans, old stafium, more expensive tickets, shiny new glamour building. When new place opens….what’s the balance going to be? 300$ tickets, half full, but lots of Liberal actors/entertainers going? LA will be a football pit forever.

  26. These Southern California Fans don’t support their teams like most other places.
    At least when most cities put a winner on the field the band wagon jumpers hop aboard and show up for the games. With L.A. they probably need to start offering free Vegan Smoothies with ticket purchased.

  27. Where are the pats fans to say they should just play in Foxborough? Every player that’s available has a fan blogging he should go to the patriots so why not, would make it much easier to spy on their own backyard anyhow

  28. Good thing St. Louis had lower attendance. St. Louis has lost how many teams again?

    Hey middle America, how about the next time you want to whine about California, you maybe prove that you can support a franchise and regularly fill a 60,000 person stadium first. Then you can whine about 70,000+ seats sold in a 93,000 seat stadium. Until then, just be happy that we are subsidizing your welfare state with our higher taxes, paid for by our superior economy.

  29. So many clueless LA haters. Cracks me up.

    I suppose if I lived in Green Bay, I’d go to every game I could, seeing as how all the prime ice fishing holes are already taken.

  30. @sidehatchin says:

    Good thing St. Louis had lower attendance. St. Louis has lost how many teams again?

    Hey middle America, how about the next time you want to whine about California, you maybe prove that you can support a franchise and regularly fill a 60,000 person stadium first. Then you can whine about 70,000+ seats sold in a 93,000 seat stadium. Until then, just be happy that we are subsidizing your welfare state with our higher taxes, paid for by our superior economy.
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    Thanks for showing your ignorance. Stl. Louis Rams did not have attendance problems in St. Louis. The issue was Kronke wanted a new stadium and he wanted the taxpayers to foot the bill. The agreement with the Sports Authority allowed for renevoations to the stadium,but Kronke had to approve renovations. They were willing spend a paltry $20 million of taxpayer dollars but Kronke new he could force his way to LA because he and his greedy owners would cash in on the move. Missouri couldn’t afford it and neither can LA. As for when the Cardninals left, several teams used Phoenix as a bargaining chip. Bottom line is greed is behind all of it. It’s the rich getting richer off the taxpayers, many of whom wont be able to set foot in that playpen. My guess is you won’t be able to afford tickets either.

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