This week, both Dan Quinn and Grady Jarrett called on fans to make some noise this weekend. The Atlanta Falcons will probably need to finish 3-1 to make the playoffs, and their record at home is uninspiring.
We have seen the photos of the stadium still looking half full into the first quarter. Part of me wants to blame the complete inability to get to the stadium in under two or three hours. There were countless times I hopped onto MARTA or got within two miles of the Georgia Dome exit by 10:30 or 11:00 AM, and still miss kickoff.
New stadium, but people are blaming another problem. Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution first wrote about Quinn’s call for more energy from the fans. People on twitter were not happy, and there was a pretty common theme.
Although I would be a very loud fan sitting in my seats at MB Stadium, unless someone gives me tickets for those seats, I won't be there. $2 hot dogs are great, but I can't afford to get in.— Diane Feeney (@DianeFeeney330) December 5, 2017
This is the stadium Blank wanted. This is "Arthur's Folly," a corporatized, no-one cares environment in which real fans are squeezed-out, and the stadium is more compelling that the product on the field. Fans are not at fault, @AtlantaFalcons are, all the way around.— Matt Lauer Likes Your Sweater (@HistoryofMatt) December 5, 2017
The PSL effect. Most lower bowl seats owned by corporations not fans— Tyler Mabry (@TMabry7) December 5, 2017
Nailed it. It’s not the marvel of the MBS keeping fans from being loud, it’s the PSL’s owned by brokers and businesses keeping loud, real fans from showing up. Probably a bit of fan hangover too made worse by inconsistent play this year.— Brian Nickerson (@bnick48) December 5, 2017
Sat in many sections of Dome incl 4 rows from top for 2010 SEC Chmp- view was great. Saturday 10 rows from top of MBS on 50 looking at back of Halo board with view of opposite front of Halo cut in half blocked by the part of it closest to our side. No thanks. For rich ppl only.— Dana French (@Dana_French) December 5, 2017
Had a perfectly good, loud as hell, home-field advantage dome to play in. For some reason, it no longer exists.— Jason Hood (@jason88412766) December 5, 2017
Did the cost of the new stadium, passed onto fans via PSLs and increased ticket prices, keep out some of the loud fans that give a team a home field advantage? The concern with PSLs is twofold: fans cannot afford the expenses of seat licenses on top of season tickets, and those that can try selling more of their season tickets to offset those costs.
What are your thoughts on why the new stadium doesn’t have the atmosphere of the Georgia Dome?