NFL attempting to re-make live experience
It seems NFL fans are opting to watch from their living rooms instead of stadiums.
According to the Wall Street Journal
, average game attendance is down 4.5 percent since 2007 and home viewership is soaring.
Now, the NFL is attempting to bring those attendance numbers back up.
First, the league is loosening its blackout rule. But more importantly, the NFL will try to make the experience at the stadium mimic the experience at home.
Soon, fans will be able to watch the same instant replays the refs see when they duck their heads under the curtain. And, the NFL wants to add wireless internet to every stadium and create smartphone applications that will let fans listen to certain players during the game.
"The at-home experience has gotten better and cheaper, while the in-stadium experience feels like it hasn't," said Eric Grubman, the NFL's executive vice president of ventures and business operations.
Putting in a wireless network for 60,000-plus people doesn't seem like an easy process, but it would enhance the fan's experience.
Even though many teams are witnessing a decline in attendance, the Eagles are still doing well.
While they're 13th in total attendance and average attendance, they're third in the league in percent of capacity.
Basically, the Linc holds 67,594 people and the average attendance is 69,144 (102.3) percent. The only two teams with a higher percentage, are the Saints (107.9) and Cowboys (106.9).
Weather is another aspect that can't be overlooked either. Of the top five in percentage of stadium capacity, three (Saints, Cowboys, Colts) play in a dome stadium. Chicago, which still has a huge football following and plays in Soldier Field, is fifth on the list.