Atlanta Falcons: My opinion is DQ and Grady Jarrett are right about crowd noise

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03: The Atlanta Falcons line up against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03: The Atlanta Falcons line up against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

DQ and Grady Jarrett were absolutely right in there comments about the crowd noise and the players and fans aren’t to blame for it.

Before the Mercedes Benz Stadium opened in August, I wrote an article about the stadium thinking it could be a good home field advantage for the Atlanta Falcons.

With the Falcons coming off a magical Super Bowl run, there was good reason to think that Mercedes-Benz Stadium could become an intimidating Home-Field advantage for the Falcons over their opponents.

Flash forward 4 months later, the stadium is back in the news somewhat and not for the best of reasons.

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Since the Falcons loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, there has been talk about crowd attendance noise in the stadium and the disadvantage it has towards the Falcons.

By now you have heard head coach Dan Quinn and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett talk about how important it is to have fans in the seat being loud and giving the Falcons the edge they need to get past their opponent.

They’re 100 percent correct and the timing of it couldn’t have been better.

I had the privilege of attending Mercedes Benz Stadium in October for the Falcons game against the Miami Dolphins.

The Stadium might’ve been the best i ever seen.

A bar on every corner, an enormous team store, affordable food and a gorgeous Halo board. It’s everything you want in a game-day experience.

But there was one big problem.

Throughout the game, I was expecting the Stadium to have the seats filled up like the old Georgia Dome, but it did not.

There were more Dolphins fans at the game than Falcons fans.

For a team just coming off a Super Bowl run, I have a problem with that.

One of my favorite shows is 60 minutes and the late great Andy Rooney used to give what we call now “hot takes” about issues going on in America.

Now, I have a “hot take” about why the crowd noise at Mercedes Benz stadium is lacking, the PSL’s sold before the season have taken away the “Average Joe” fan.

Normally, before the new stadium opened, I was able to attend 3-4 Falcons games a year. This year I’ve only been able to attend one.

When you assert the new PSL’s, most of the time corporations by those tickets and sell them on the secondary market for a ridiculous figure that’s affordable for most people.

Perfect example, the price of the game against the Dallas Cowboys this year was the price of ticket for all four games I attended at the Georgia Dome last year combined.

There have been times on TV this year where Fox’s Joe Buck and Kevin Burkhardt have took notice that were more Cowboys and Vikings fans at the stadium.

The timing of Quinn and Jarrett’s comments couldn’t have been better.

The Falcons stand at 7-5 with a chance to win there division.

Their next two games at home are against two of their most hated rivals, the Saints and the Panthers and more than likely, there will be a 50-50 split at those games.

The Falcons are good when they have an intimidating home crowd behind them.

When the crowd shows up and gets loud, they dominate. Just ask the Seahawks and Packers how their experience was at the Georgia Dome in January.

However, this issue would not be happening if the Falcons didn’t price out the “average joe” fan before the Stadium opened.

Companies aren’t always perfect. This may be one mistake that the Falcons could overcome.

But if they know what’s best for the franchise, they would cut down on their ticket prices and make it affordable for average fans, like me, to come and make some noise at the Stadium.

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People have taken notice of the crowds at Mercedes Benz Stadium and it sure isn’t the good look that i hoped for in August.