D.C attendance drops by more than 12 percent from Week One to Week Two

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As the XFL tries to establish a footing in the vacant spring football landscape, one of the more successful franchises has seen a double-digit dip in attendance from one week to the next.

Via the Washington Post (and as confirmed in the attached photo), the attendance at Saturday’s D.C. Defenders game dropped by more than 2,000 from last week, with 15,031 fans present for the shutout win over the New York Guardians.

With 17,163 in Week One, the reduction amounts to 12.4 percent. As explained by the Post, however, the atmosphere remained “energetic.”

The Defenders play their next two games on the road, at L.A. and then at Tampa Bay. The Defenders return home to face the St. Louis BattleHawks on Saturday, March 8.

35 responses to “D.C attendance drops by more than 12 percent from Week One to Week Two

  1. It’s minor league football which most people don’t want to see. I applaud guys trying to pursue their dreams but we’ve just seen the varsity (NFL) not many are interested in the JV. We already have a developmental league…it’s called college football

  2. Sick of looking at most of the teams wearing bland black or navy uniforms. Come up with something different.

  3. Dropping over 2000 fans per week, by week 8 of a 10 week season, there will hardly be anyone in the stands.

  4. I’m still watching. It’s not everyone’s thing and never will be but I just love watching football

  5. With 17,163 in Week One, the reduction amounts to 12.4 percent. As explained by the Post, however, the atmosphere remained “energetic.”

    like in spinal tap when the manager was asked about being booked into much smaller venues and if their popularity was waning, his answer ?.no, no, not at all. I, I, I just think that the.. uh.. their appeal is becoming more selective.

    xfl will fail pretty quick

  6. This league is blowing it with all the cameras in the locker rooms, and interrupting players and coaches during the middle of games, and listening in on play calling. It totally looks like minor league gimmick stuff. There’s a reason why minor league sports don’t get huge TV deals. People don’t want to watch minor leagues. Want to get more viewers? Copy the NFL. They don’t do all that gimmick stuff, and they get huge TV contracts. The product on the field is good. Don’t blow it by trying to out-smart yourself.

  7. Why is PFT obsessed with focusing on the negatives of the XFL.

    Why not talk about the 25K+ that showed up to watch the Seattle Dragons vs Tampa Bay Vipers yesterday?

  8. It was cold here on the east coast. They should have made the schedule where NY and DC have mostly road games the first half of the season. This would limit people having to sit out in 30 degree weather. TB is warm and STL is in a dome. Let them host more games in February. In late March and April, the weather will be warmer in DC and NY.

  9. It is literally Week 2 of a start up league, calm down. It’s going to be a slow grind to building up trust in their brand, like it is for all start up companies.

  10. It was also a lot colder in DC this weekend then last weekend which could have been a factor as well. People that were curious about the XFL and saw it was good, warm (for DC this time of year) weather could have decided to attend to see what it was all about.

  11. Any new league, no matter how popular the sport, needs time to develop and grow a fanbase to be successful. Hopefully, the league has planned for that. Better quarterback play would be helpful.

  12. To be realistic, the NFL had a blackout rule to get fans to the venue. What really matters is how many people are watching the games on TV. I admit I haven’t been watching the games start to finish, but do find the XFL rules very intriguing and could end up as game changers in the NFL.

  13. And?… A home opener will always command a bigger crowd. Why the toxicity towards this new league?

  14. mdintino1420 says:
    February 16, 2020 at 4:36 pm
    It was cold here on the east coast. They should have made the schedule where NY and DC have mostly road games the first half of the season. This would limit people having to sit out in 30 degree weather. TB is warm and STL is in a dome. Let them host more games in February. In late March and April, the weather will be warmer in DC and NY.

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    What? Didn’t the nfl just finish playing in exactly the same weather?

    It didn’t affect the Redskins attendance, did it? Oh wait. Bad example.

    In retrospect, you may be on to something? People aren’t going to watch substandard football when the temperature is below freezing……

  15. This level of football is more like high school games. This is pure gimmick and worthless talent.

  16. “We already have a developmental league…it’s called college football”

    I don’t watch or care about college football and never will. I do however like the portions of the 2 XFL games I’ve watched. And like the AAF last year for that matter.

    If these guys want to play for the money available and there are 10, 15 or 20k fans at each game what’s wrong with that?

  17. Texas high school football drew almost 47,000 for their 6A championship. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  18. harrisonhits2 says:
    February 16, 2020 at 6:33 pm
    “We already have a developmental league…it’s called college football”

    I don’t watch or care about college football and never will. I do however like the portions of the 2 XFL games I’ve watched. And like the AAF last year for that matter.

    If these guys want to play for the money available and there are 10, 15 or 20k fans at each game what’s wrong with that
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    You not watching college football just shows your football iq. Maybe you should watch, then you will realize the crazy calls patriots receive week in and week out to help them win games.

  19. It sure does seem like this site thrives on pointing out negatives

    Why not try to PROMOTE IT so that a site called PRO FOOTBALL TALK has more content to talk about year round?

  20. I hear this cold excuse a lot for DC sports. DC has never been FLA so expect it to be cold sometimes.

  21. It was already confirmed in week 1 they gave away many comp tickets for the DC game (which was not close to a sellout) so not sure how many were given away in week 2.

    Attendance it appears dropped for every team but Seattle. Also consider average attendance in 2001 was over 23,000. It’s way down compared to 2001. Not sure what ratings look like for week 2 after a strong opening weekend…which was nowhere near as huge as 2001’s opening.

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