Empty Seats for the Atlanta Falcons Will Trigger More Problems

Written by Reananda Hidayat Permono Completed Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

In their three-year-old regime for the Atlanta Falcons, general manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith are on life support.

According to ESPN, the Falcons finished the 2021 season with the seventh-highest percentage of empty seats at home games.

Please note that there are 32 franchises in the league. That was seven spots lower than where Atlanta was in 2019, the last NFL season before the Covid pandemic.

Last year, the Falcons dropped to the third-highest percentage of empty seats.

They also ended the season at 7-9 and out of the playoffs. After six home games, the Atlanta Falcons get an average crowd of 69,685 in place that holds 75,000 for football.

It doesn’t look good since 12 other NFL teams during that stretch were operating at 100 percent capacity. There is more bad news for the Falcons, though.

They combined with taxpayers to finish building the Mercedes-Benz Stadium for around $2 billion.

Last Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons defeated the New Orleans Saints in a battle for supremacy of the NFC South.

Both teams are 5-6 which looks pretty bad as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are at 4-7 and the Carolina Panthers have 1-10.

The Falcons look to establish some momentum in the win column and, perhaps, it will invite more spectators.