National Football League: total attendance at regular season games 2008 to 2013 (in millions)

 Attendance (in millions)
2008 17.33
2009 17.15
2010 17.01
2011 17.12
2012 17.18
2013 17.3
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This graph depicts the total attendance at regular season games in the National Football League from 2008 to 2013. In 2011, the regular season games of all NFL teams were attended by a total of 17.12 million spectators.


Attendance at NFL games

Over the last few years the total attendance at regular season games of the National Football League has consistently been at more than 17 million per season. The NFL is composed of 32 teams and each team plays eight home games during the regular season for a total of 256 games per season. The average attendance at National Football League games was at around 67,000 in the 2012 season.

In 2012, the Dallas Cowboys drew the most spectators to their home games with a total attendance of more than 700 thousand. The Cowboys also had the highest average attendance that season with around 88,500 people attending each home game. The Oakland Raiders drew the fewest fans with an average attendance of 54,200 per game during the regular season. The average price for a ticket to an NFL game was at 78.38 U.S. dollars in 2012. On average tickets to New York Jets games were the most expensive (117.94 U.S. dollars) while tickets for Cleveland Browns games were the least expensive with an average price of 54.20 U.S. dollars.

Compared to the other major North American sports leagues, the NFL has by far the highest average attendance than the MLB, the NBA and the NHL. This trend is due to the greater capacities of NFL stadiums. Games of the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League are attended by about 17,000 people on average. Average attendance at MLB games was at about 30,800.

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