The Atlanta Falcons will allow limited fans starting October 11th.
The first two Atlanta Falcons home games were or will be played in front of no fans. This decision was based on public health opinions and was done in order to protect fans and players alike. The question for Atlanta Falcons fans becomes, will anyone show up given the immense dislike for the current front office and coaching staff.
By and large, the Falcons fan base loves the players. This is quite honestly one of the best rosters that they have had in quite some time. The talent is there to actually win a lot of games in the regular season as well as the playoffs. However, coaching decisions are low IQ at best and the preparedness of the scheme on both sides of the ball seems to be hindering the production and ability to win anything.
Seriously, will anyone attend an Atlanta Falcons home game if they start 0-4?
Steve Cannon, CEO, AMB Sports, and Entertainment made the following statement about home attendance starting October 11th –
"“We are thrilled to invite fans of both the Falcons and Atlanta United back to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Having fans watch from alternative locations was a difficult, but important decision. It’s been challenging for both teams to play without fans, but their well-being, as well as the safety of our associates and fans, was paramount.”"
Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, actual fan attendance at Falcons games has been a major issue since the team opened up Mercedes Benz Stadium. While I will acknowledge there are plenty of other places to watch a game around the stadium, there aren’t places where tens of thousands can watch other than in their seats.
If this team starts 0-4, there is no way that fans will show up on October 11th to support the Falcons. You may have a few Panthers fans in attendance but you won’t see anyone in black and red. Certainly not during a time when the cost of living is going up and many people are struggling to pay bills. What little money they have set aside for entertaining will not be used to support a coaching staff that puts a crap product on the field.
Opening MBS back up to fans is great, but the Atlanta Falcons have to put a product on the field worth watching before fans will spend their time, effort, energy, and money to support them in person.