Week Five XFL attendance numbers bring good news, bad news, and a question

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With the coronavirus keeping lots of people at home and causing multiple major events to be canceled, the XFL’s worst attendance week was still perhaps the best the league could have hoped for.

Officially, 64,246 attended the four games this weekend. That’s more than 5,500 fewer than the prior low for the year (Week One), which was the only other weekend without a game played in Seattle or St. Louis, where more than 20,000 (and nearly 30,000) have showed up for every game.

Given the COVID-19 concerns, 64,246 nevertheless represents a strong to quite strong number. Which makes the bad news, given the circumstances, good news.

But there’s still a question mark, one that hasn’t previously emerged during the first half of the XFL season but that merits mention. As some NFL teams (like the Falcons) have done in order to put a better number into the mainstream discourse, the Week Five numbers possibly reflect the tickets that were distributed, not the actual number of people who showed up and used them.

In L.A., the attendance barely dropped from Week Three’s 12,211 to 12,181. Images of the stands at Dignity Health Sports Park don’t seem to mesh with that number. Ditto for the 16,000-plus who supposedly showed up for the D.C. Defenders third home game of the year.

Regardless, people were at the games. We’ll find out soon whether the ratings, which have dipped since Week One, have stabilized. With NCAA basketball taking center stage next weekend and holding it for the three weekends thereafter, it’s not going to get any easier to capture eyeballs.

6 responses to “Week Five XFL attendance numbers bring good news, bad news, and a question

  1. The XFL is a really fun product with all the access and some rule change improvements. NFL quality play? Of course not! But I hope the league thrives and I wish the NFL would reach out and become a partner to the XFL. IT COULD AND WOULD BE GREAT FOR ALL INVOLVED.

  2. They could be doing like the Colts do which is have local businesses buy up a ton of unsold tickets so the games aren’t blacked out locally and the ticket sales numbers look better than they actually are. You know the old “The game is sold out everyone is just dressed like blue chairs” gimmick.

  3. hard to sell a product that isnt very good. and the word is out about this product ..its not very good.

  4. The game in Texas over the weekend drew over 39,000 fans that’s better than the Chargers did in any of their home games last year, and that has the NFL worried. So you can expect more negative stories about the XFL as the NFL tries it’s best to chase them out of town

  5. mrfrostyj says:
    March 9, 2020 at 8:37 am
    They could be doing like the Colts do which is have local businesses buy up a ton of unsold tickets so the games aren’t blacked out locally and the ticket sales numbers look better than they actually are. You know the old “The game is sold out everyone is just dressed like blue chairs” gimmick.
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    Instances like those were usually to try to work around the NFL’s silly blackout rules for TV. I doubt the XFL has any blackout rules for TV. Some businesses may be tickets, but it would not be for the same reason you see it in the NFL.

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