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NFL Regular-Season Attendance Slightly Off From Record-Setting '07

The NFL drew 17.5 million fans this season, off from the record-setting 17.6 million a year ago. On average, NFL teams had 68,241 fans per home game, even with last year. The Redskins once again led all teams in average attendance with 88,604 fans per game at FedEx Field. In their first season in Lucas Oil Field, the Colts raised their average home attendance 15.8%, packing the new venue to 106.4% capacity. The winless Lions saw the biggest average attendance drop among all NFL franchises, down 11.1% at Ford Field. Despite making surprising runs to the playoffs, the Dolphins saw a 9.3% drop in average attendance at Dolphin Stadium, while the Falcons also were off 6.3% at the Georgia Dome. The chart below lists team-by-team attendance for the '08 NFL regular season, with comparisons to '07 (THE DAILY).

NFL FINAL REGULAR SEASON ATTENDANCE
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('07)
Redskins
8
708,835
88,604
96.6%
88,090
0.6%
8
Giants
8
632,554
79,069
98.5%
78,731
0.4%
8
Jets
8
627,858
78,482
97.8%
77,107
1.8%
8
Broncos
8
604,074
75,509
99.2%
76,612
-1.4%
8
Chiefs
8
592,622
74,078
96.2%
76,777
-3.5%
8
Panthers
8
585,684
73,211
99.2%
73,403
-0.3%
8
Browns
8
582,230
72,779
99.4%
73,001
-0.3%
8
Saints*
8
573,876
71,735
102.7%
70,005
2.5%
8
Ravens
8
570,152
71,269
100.4%
71,153
0.2%
8
Packers
8
565,460
70,683
96.9%
70,805
-0.2%
8
Texans
8
563,364
70,421
99.1%
70,520
-0.1%
8
Eagles
8
553,152
69,144
100.0%
68,170
1.4%
8
Titans
8
553,144
69,143
100.0%
69,143
0.0%
8
Bills**
8
551,969
68,996
96.5%
71,055
-2.9%
8
Patriots
8
550,048
68,756
100.0%
68,756
0.0%
8
Chargers
8
545,107
68,138
97.1%
65,502
4.0%
8
Seahawks
8
543,965
67,996
101.5%
68,194
-0.3%
8
49ers
8
540,103
67,513
96.8%
68,028
-0.8%
8
Colts***
8
531,026
66,378
106.4%
57,305
15.8%
8
Dolphins
8
523,919
65,490
86.7%
72,229
-9.3%
8
Jaguars
8
521,338
65,167
97.0%
65,301
-0.2%
8
Bengals
8
516,663
64,583
98.6%
65,790
-1.8%
8
Buccaneers
8
516,088
64,511
98.3%
65,316
-1.2%
8
Cardinals
8
512,775
64,097
98.6%
64,581
-0.7%
8
Falcons
8
512,527
64,066
89.9%
68,396
-6.3%
8
Cowboys
8
506,944
63,368
96.6%
63,535
-0.3%
8
Vikings
8
506,136
63,267
98.7%
63,256
0.0%
8
Steelers
8
503,125
62,891
96.7%
62,084
1.3%
8
Bears
8
496,276
62,035
100.9%
62,158
-0.2%
8
Rams
8
479,843
59,980
90.9%
63,044
-4.9%
8
Raiders
8
462,800
57,850
91.6%
59,110
-2.1%
8
Lions
8
435,979
54,497
84.5%
61,305
-11.1%
8
NFL Totals
256
17,469,636
68,241
97.3%
68,702
-0.7%
256

NOTES: Attendance data based on totals posted immediately following games. Figures do not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league. * = Includes designated Saints home game against the Chargers in London in October. ** = Includes designated Bills home game against the Dolphins in Toronto in December. *** = Moved from the RCA Dome to Lucas Oil Field for this season.

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