Big Seattle crowd bumps XFL attendance by nearly 10 percent

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The XFL had net attendance growth for its second week, thanks in large part of more than 29,000 Seattle fans who came out to see the Dragons defeat the Tampa Bay Vipers, 17-9.

Via Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily, the XFL attracted 76,285 fans in Week Two, a 9.5-percent bump over Week One, when all four games drew between 17,000 and 18,000.

The two teams that hosted games in Week One and Week Two saw lower crowds, with 15,031 showing up for the D.C. Defenders 27-0 win over the New York Guardians, 12.4 percent down from Week One. Also, the Houston Roughnecks had 17,103 witness their 28-24 win over St. Louis, a four-percent dip.

The L.A. Wildcats had 14,979 witness a 25-18 loss to Dallas at Dignity Health Sports Park, the site of L.A. Chargers home games from 2017 through 2019. It was the smallest crowd of the eight games played to date by the resurrected XFL.

If the Dragons can get another crowd in excess of 25,000 next weekend, the Week Three numbers can be even better, since the St. Louis BattleHawks (i.e., not the Rams) will be playing at home for the first time.

36 responses to “Big Seattle crowd bumps XFL attendance by nearly 10 percent

  1. Let’s not forget that it got cold on Saturday in the Northeast. Last weekend in DC it was in the high 40’s/low 50’s, this Saturday it was in the high 30’s. A 10F+ swing might make me reconsider going to an XFL game.

  2. I am really wishing them success… unlike other people who, for whatever reason, seem to want this league to fail. The biggest issue that I have is that whenever I watch any kind of sports, I need to have a rooting interest. It is hard to keep my attention when I really do not care who wins, loses, scores, or whatever.

  3. Did they get access to the Seahawks speaker system? That way 29,000 people could sound like 93,000

  4. The L.A Wildcats drew more fans than the Chargers did for any of their home games last year thats pretty impressive

  5. I just don’t think these leagues should be adjacent to the NFL schedule. A summer league might be better. After the Super Bowl, I’m good for a while. By the time sports talk gets dominated by baseball, I’d probably like an alternative like the XFL. But not now. Too soon.

  6. Vince is trying. Oliver is trying. The players are trying. The networks are trying. Lets give them a chance.

    Whatever the XFL is, the XFL is better than nothing and the XFL will improve.

  7. One could also say that “huge visiting team turnouts help keep Rams attendance respectable”. Attendance is attendance and am glad to see the results so far.

  8. snowlock2013 says:
    February 17, 2020 at 10:39 am
    I just don’t think these leagues should be adjacent to the NFL schedule. A summer league might be better. After the Super Bowl, I’m good for a while. By the time sports talk gets dominated by baseball, I’d probably like an alternative like the XFL. But not now. Too soon

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    Yeah, I had the same thought. I’d like to see a league run from May-July rather than February-April. Let me recharge my appetite for football.

  9. I don’t understand why anybody would want to put another pro football team in LA, after the dismal showing of the Chargers. The Chargers found out long ago that LA is not a good pro football town, when they moved to San Diego, after starting their franchise in LA. They can probably draw bigger crowds, if the XFL franchise moves to San Diego.

  10. Snarky comment about Seattle but frankly you are right, there isn’t a whole lot to do in sports at the moment in the area.

    No NBA(haven’t had Starbucks in years)
    No NHL(for another year or so)

    Truth is when the NFL season ends there is a big lull up here…A black hole of sports fan energy that is just looking for somewhere to sit and yell.

    Watching Jim Zorn out there is great for us old Seahawk fans. We love the guy.

    I’m not surprised at all there were 25k people ready to have some fun at a football game.

  11. The league should have put teams in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio. Great facilities with proven track records. Maybe even Portland. Go where people don’t have pro ball. 2 teams in Texas was a stretch as well. As for the championship, it should be at whoever earns the right to have it at home. No one will travel to a neutral site game for thier team. A sold out championship for a home team would be incredible.

  12. I like the XFL. However, I may go to a live game just so I don’t have to sit home and watch/squirm during those annoying in game interviews..!! I’m only interested in the football game action.

  13. I hope the XFL succeeds. It gives alot of players the chance to play in America and keep their dreams alive. They don’t make NFL money, but they still get decent salaries compared to regular people. For fans it gives us transparency and brings us closer to the game through transparency unlike the much more secretive NFL and even college football with what is broadcasted such as the innovative in game interviews and listening to the play calls. I like it. I wish there was a team closer to where I live, but I’ll still watch it on television and buy merchandise. I think some of the teams have real cool logo’s and names.

  14. Does LA play in the stadium with the smallest capacity (27,000) in the XFL?

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    DC plays at Audi Field (20,000)

  15. californianewton says:
    February 17, 2020 at 11:07 am
    I don’t understand why anybody would want to put another pro football team in LA, after the dismal showing of the Chargers. The Chargers found out long ago that LA is not a good pro football town, when they moved to San Diego, after starting their franchise in LA. They can probably draw bigger crowds, if the XFL franchise moves to San Diego.
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    Because live attendance is not the goal, TV viewers is the goal and LA is by far the 2nd largest TV market 5 Times bigger than SD. That’s all it is….

  16. Did they get access to the Seahawks speaker system? That way 29,000 people could sound like 93,000

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    You are thinking of Atlanta or some other indoor stadium. Although Seattle’s field is built to direct sound onto the field, they do not use artificial noise. If you have ever been there you would know they don’t need artificial noise. The crowd is standing and screaming (on Defense) most of the game.

    Go HAWKS
    Go DRAGONS

  17. Skolirish says:
    February 17, 2020 at 11:27 am
    The league should have put teams in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio. Great facilities with proven track records. Maybe even Portland. Go where people don’t have pro ball. 2 teams in Texas was a stretch as well.
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    Unlikely for SD and SA as these are smaller TV markets. Orlando may be the largest TV market w/o an NFL team and XFL DID show interest. But the city got hoodwinked by AAF and that’s that. TB is also slightly bigger so there’s that too.

  18. My friend in Seattle bought season tickets for him and his wife. They support different NFL teams so this is something they can share, and in Seattle you can’t really beat the cost for a night out.

  19. After spending my Sundays (and a good part of my Saturdays) watching football (NFL and NCAA) from September through January, I’ve tested my wife’s patience enough. If I want to remain married, there’s no way I’m going to start watching the XFL! 🙂

  20. I hope St. Louis sells out. They need to prove they support football big time to maybe someday get an NFL franchise back. Nothing says “we want an NFL franchise back” like representing at home games. I feel for those fans. They lost one team to Arizona and another to L.A.

  21. camstinks says:

    “The L.A. Wildcats drew more fans than the Chargers did for any of their home games”
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    Categorically false. The Chargers averaged 31,750 attendance per home game last year.

  22. Imagine the NFL defensive players having to play in this hurry up 25 second clock game where coaches can talk to the QB and WR/RB all the way up til the snap…….they would lay down with a cramp every 3rd play.

  23. Looked like some of the QB play got better also probably due to getting more used to their receivers. Some other, McGloin, were/are horrible. Can’t expect perfection in just the second week but it’s been really kind of fun to watch.

  24. I despise the city of Seattle and almost everything that emanates from that city. But, boy howdee do they know how to support their sports teams. I tip my hat to them for their community pride. Well done.

  25. They are just looking to support a team that isn’t a low-seeded perennial playoff exit.

    Has to be heartbreaking, can’t blame them really. Maybe the Dragons are the answer?

  26. If this league can’t find or develop some quarterbacks who can actually play, they don’t stand a chance. At this point Cardale Jones is the runaway MVP. And he couldn’t make an NFL practice squad.

  27. As a Seattle fan living in Japan, I watched the game on streaming video via my computer. Thank you, Reddit. It was easy to see that the Dragons were playing with heart. How can you not support a team that gives it up?

  28. Not a bad start. I won’t be satisfied until there is 70,000 people at games. Let’s hope for a large turnout for the Battlehawk’s home opener. If they want to prove Stan Kroenke wrong, this weekend will be their chance.

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