12,116 see New York Guardians beat L.A. Wildcats

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The XFL has struggled to find its footing in some of its eight cities. It hasn’t struggled to find a small group of fans who loudly object to any statements of fact or opinion that place the resurrected football league in a remotely negative light.

Those folks won’t like this: On Saturday, only 12,116 showed up at cavernous MetLife Stadium to watch the New York Guardians defeat the L.A. Wildcats, 17–14. It can be characterized as the smallest announced attendance yet for an XFL game. In fairness, it also can be called the 14th-largest crowd in XFL history, not including games played in 2001.

Last Sunday, 12,211 showed up in L.A. to watch a game between the Wildcats and the Houston Roughnecks. That comes in at No. 2 (or, as the case may be, No. 13).

At the other end of the spectrum, Seattle and St. Louis consistently are drawing crowds in excess of 20,000. Both teams currently are playing at the Dome at America’s Center, with the BattleHawks leading the Dragons, 17-3.

31 responses to “12,116 see New York Guardians beat L.A. Wildcats

  1. No one is going to keep watching this. It will have that small group that will only have bad things to say about someone telling them the truth. The XFL doesn’t last this go round past it’s second season. It’s probably 60/40 that it folds after one season as it is.

  2. I actually like everything about the XFL so far, really do. Except one thing – I wish it started in April, right around draft time, and finished in late June or, my idea, July 4th weekend!!! By the time the Super Bowl is done, I’m football’d out. With the hyperbole leading to the draft, kick off the XFL then, and ride the wave, then end on the most American weekend! (you can have this idea for FREE XFL, Florio has this in writing now. Ok, maybe and honorable mention or something, but no cash). Their timing is off; the product is pretty good and will only get better if they can keep going.

  3. Every league that’s tried to play this game has failed for a reason. It would be like some league starting up and trying to compete with the NHL, or the NBA it’s not gonna happen. The best players are already playing in the established leagues, and making tons of money, so unless some new league is going to appear out of nowhere with a boatload of cash, and can pry away star players who are already under contract with their respective leagues (which is doubtful to say the least) then they don’t stand a chance…That’s it end of story

  4. Again, this is year 1 of a start up league, and NY in particular is one of the worst teams thus far so as you might imagine that’s not an encouraging sign to prospective fans to come out and watch them. The attendance is fine, the ratings are solid, and they already have enough money to keep their league afloat for their first couple of seasons. When any of those things stops applying THEN you can have a reason to worry, until then any mention of attendance like this is making a mountain out of a mole hill.

  5. I wonder how many people showed up to watch the new professional football league that eventually became the NFL. How many showed up to the newly minted NFL? I’m going to go out on a limb and not say 30k. If 300 showed up for a game between ACME and the Staleys, everyone was probably tickled. Twelve thousand people attending a game in Feb in NJ featuring a new league is probably a good thing. That’s 12,000 people to tell another 12,000 about it.

  6. Considering how riveting the fourth quarter of NFL preseason games are, its hard to believe people don’t love the XFL. It’s all the same players you’ve never heard of except with worse coaching. What’s not to like?

  7. Watching Seattle and St Louis and one thing is becoming very apparent….there needs to be penalties enforced for offensive players lowering their helmets and creating zero area to be tackled.

  8. About the same number of people watched the local Women’s rugby team this week. Seriously though, these women are badass!

  9. What was the temperature? going out and freezing your but off for an nfl game that you paid an arm and a leg for tickets that you bought weeks/months earlier is understandable. Freezing your tail off for this game isn’t. you can wait till a warmer game and just walk in and buy tix right before kickoff. seems like a pointless overreaction to cry about the attendance right now.

  10. “It hasn’t struggled to find a small group of fans who loudly object to any statements of fact or opinion that place the resurrected football league in a remotely negative light.”
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    They are not fans – they are PAID social media manipulators hired by the XFL to “promote” the league and downvote any negative comments.

    Look at any XFL threads on PFT – somehow a startup league that barely draws 2 million views gets 100+ upvotes. It’s like they don’t even try to hide the fact they’ve never read other PFT threads or even notice no comments ever get that high…

  11. Sorry XFL fan(s), this a a garbage league. It’s a gimmick league plain and simple. The XFL claimed it was ‘real hitting football’, it’s not. It had a whole year to plan as compared to the AAF. The product is far worse. The AAF, for the most part, went into cities that didn’t have an NFL team. The XFL went into cities than had NFL teams. Horrible plan to compete with NFL cities. Now your seeing the results attendance wise. Even for a sports junkie like me, it had to watch any game from start to finish. It’s crap football.

  12. I’ve watched every league since the WFL and the USFL. I absolutely love these start up leagues. I was a huge fan of the old AFL. Len Dawson, Al Davis, Sid Gilman, Lance Alworth, etc. But I just can’t watch this XFL stuff. They seem to focus more on the coaching booth and the referee’s booth, than the football field. No thank you. Like I said, I’m a huge football fan. This stuff just isn’t football. I haven’t watched one minute the last two weeks. America loves football, but this league is out-smarting themselves. They’re listening to the wrong advisors. The owner made a ton of money in fake wrestling, so I just don’t know how much he knows about football, and how to present it to the American public. The league would do a lot better if they had some good guidance. I’ve heard all the excuses, but excuses don’t pay the bills.

  13. So funny all these people complaining that don’t even watch. First off the XFL isn’t trying to compete with NFL. If anything they are trying to be a minor league system for NFL. People expect it to be perfect right out of the gate but that’s not how things work.

  14. 12k in open air cold weather for a second tier losing team with 3 weeks worth of fans is actually pretty solid.

  15. One and done… Hopefully this will be the end of these leagues thinking people want to watch bad football. Weather is getting nicer, MLB spring training has started, regular season a month away, NASCAR, March Madness etc etc. Bottom line is, fans are not going to watch mediocre football, once the novelty of the new league wears off. Inevitable announcement will come early summer that the XFL is on “hiatus” or has temporarily suspended operations. There will not be a season 2.

  16. It was very cold today here on the east coast. They should have front loaded NY and DC’s schedule with more road games in the beginning of the season. This way their home games would have much nicer weather, Look for a big crowd for the battle of Texas, Dallas vs Houston tomorrow.. STL and Seattle are doing decent in attendance. Come on America, tune in to the XFL. It is a real treat to watch.

  17. Im enjoying the XFL so far. If people are expecting NFL quality they will be disappointed but if you just enjoy watching football I’ve seen much worse. Maybe they should have the season start a little later so they aren’t coming as soon as the nfl season ends. Give fans a little break before starting up. Plus February in New York/new Jersey probably isnt a great time to sit outside for 4 hours

  18. campcouch says:
    February 29, 2020 at 7:12 pm
    I wonder how many people showed up to watch the new professional football league that eventually became the NFL. How many showed up to the newly minted NFL? I’m going to go out on a limb and not say 30k. If 300 showed up for a game between ACME and the Staleys, everyone was probably tickled. Twelve thousand people attending a game in Feb in NJ featuring a new league is probably a good thing. That’s 12,000 people to tell another 12,000 about it.

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    Did the league start in stadiums that held 80K and had large insurance premiums? Did they start by flying teams coast to coast? The XFL isn’t trying to build a league or product but resell one that is already there. Won’t work but keep thinking it is going to get better.

  19. These teams should have been been put in non nfl cities. San Antonio, Portland, Oregon, Sacramento, ok city, Memphis. Places that support pro spots and college football

  20. Ok, it was about 30 degrees here today, felt like 20. If you watched the game, there was a good amount of people on the sunny side of the stadium. While they probably should be choosing smaller venues, this is not the disaster some of you are wanting it to be (that would include some of the pft writers)

    No, it’s not the NFL, but I’ve seen some better games in four weeks than the Browns gave me all season. It needs time and some better qb play, but they could be on to something if people gave it a chance and stopped being football snobs.

  21. The only people that care about this game are the people that live in the teams home towns,no one else could care less about it

  22. L.A. and NY don’t care, move the Guardians to Chicago And the Cats to Fresno. Attendance will double.

  23. what i don’t understand is why any NFL fan would be rooting against this league. The NFL is cutting down on practices and college football is far less physical as well.

    The NFL is limiting practice and talking about cutting preseason. There is a need for a developmental league. Not just for QBs but for OL. Blocking is absolutely horrible in college football with all the spread offenses.

    Even if you aren’t interested, you should want this league to succeed because it is needed

  24. Was at the game yesterday with a half dozen buddies. We all had a great time and so did the 12k or so around us. It was bitter cold, and even with my 6’3 240lb frame was shaking in my boots. The football was more than entertaining however. Josh Johnson showed why he was on an active NFL roster for so many years and won games with the dreadful Redskins as late as 2018. Luis Perez played a good game and saw quite a few Birmingham Iron fateful there cheering him on. Ratings are above average and attendance is still north of the 10k or so they were expecting even back in January. The XFL will find its footing and looking forward to attending the XFL championship in Houston later this spring.

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