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Did the Atlanta Falcons price out too many hardcore fans with their new stadium?

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Dan Quinn called for more noise. We’ve noticed the new home for the Atlanta Falcons stadium has been unusually quiet and empty. Are tickets too expensive for some fans?

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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.

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?