I don’t usually post anything in the NFL section, I stick with more Pro Wrestling and MMA. However, there was an interesting fact that came out of last night’s Steelers game. Last night the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8) beat the Cincinnati Bengals (9-5) 30 – 20. In a game that most Steeler fans are wondering where this team came from after 14 weeks. However the news that caught my eye this morning is from Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, when he said last night’s attendance was 45,873. Smallest crowd in Heinz Field 12-year history. Steelers count only those in attendance, however, have sold out all games since ’72. Heinz Field holds 65,500 which means 20,000 fans decided not to attend last nights game. Granted 45k isn’t bad attendance, especially with the cold weather we had in Pittsburgh last night. However, what was the biggest factor in last night’s attendance: cold weather or the Steelers current record? I have been to Steeler games during Wild Card or Playoffs when the place is packed even with bad weather so I really don’t think the weather was the only factor last night. I think most fans didn’t go because of the combination of the two.
With only 1 game left in the regular season at home, the question is what will attendance be like for that game? That could depend on this Sunday’s game against the Packers. If the Steelers get the win against the Packers I think fans will come back out the following Sunday against the Browns. The Browns game is always a mess, so I wouldn’t be surprised knowing Steeler fans if they didn’t just come out for that game just to drink. However, if the Steelers go into the Browns game on the losing end it will be interesting to see if attendance is affected.