NFL stadium half-empty at Thursday night’s televised game (Photos)

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The stadium was nearly empty when the San Francisco 49ers kicked off Thursday night’s NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams. And by halftime, the stadium remained far from being full.

As DML News reported on Thursday,  the NFL has been criticized for the poor quality of its Thursday night product since its conception. Thursday night football typically pits some of the worst teams against each other, playing after only three days to prepare, meaning that the players are often not at the top of their game.

Thursday’s 49ers game — at the team’s home stadium — was not shaping up to be a sell-out performance from the start. With resale tickets selling for $14 on StubHub, the tickets were practically being given away.

The price of seats and concessions may be one concern for fans, according to FOX Sports San Diego. In one report, from Sep. 13 (see video below), commentators discussed the empty seats and referenced at least two other games in which the seats were nearly empty. One of those matchups pitted longtime adversaries, the Redskins against Washington, which should have been a sell-out.

As the game started Thursday, Los Angeles Times reporter Lindsey Thiry tweeted a photo at kickoff that showed thousands of open seats, some sections in the photo having more empty seats than fans.

She captioned the tweet: “Thursday night football. Time for kickoff.”

With TV ratings on the decline and seats not being filled, the NFL may need to reevaluate its business model. One concern many people have raised is the disrespect some players are showing during the singing of the National Anthem. Sitting, kneeling, or otherwise not participating in the show of respect for America has many NFL fans calling for boycotts of the games, both in person and on TV.

If Thursday’s game in any indication, they’re succeeding.


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