Decent crowd shows up for USFL’s Saturday night Stallions-Gamblers game

USFL Week Two - Birmingham Stallions at Houston Gamblers
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The Birmingham Stallions are technically the road team on Saturday night against the Houston Gamblers. But with every game being played in Birmingham, every Stallions game is a home game.

And the fans are far more likely to show up for Stallions games.

A week after 17,500 attended the first game of the year — a Stallions win over the New Jersey Generals — a decent crowd has amassed for the Birmingham “road” game against the Gamblers.

For the four games played in the interim, there was hardly anyone present.

It’s one of the realities of playing all games in the same stadium in the same city. It’s still difficult for fans watching the games on TV to process seeing no one in the building, especially in a post-pandemic environment where fans can attend.

The silver lining is that, if/when the USFL decides to have these various teams play actual home games in their home cities, maybe people will show up. The bigger question is whether enough people watch the games that are being televised by Fox and NBC. So far, so pretty good. We’ll see where it goes from here.

9 responses to “Decent crowd shows up for USFL’s Saturday night Stallions-Gamblers game

  1. If every game is played in Birmingham, there shouldn’t be a Birmingham team !

  2. I am watching every game and these games are very entertaining! Actually think this spring football will catch on if they continue to air the games and move the teams out to where they will play at their actual cities they play for.

  3. Who cares about stadium attendance? Television ratings are far more important for viability going forward. Gotta say really liking the rules tweak and actual kick off returns again

  4. “If every game is played in Birmingham, there shouldn’t be a Birmingham team !”

    Because fairness is what we’re all hoping for out of the USFL.

    Look, a lot of what we perceive as home field advantage involves not having to travel, familiarity with the facility, sleeping in the same place you normally do, the routine. The crowd (especially when they’re just meh crowds) isn’t the biggest part of it.

    If Birmingham runs the table in their 10 home games, then we can talk about it.

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