NFL average attendance - additional information
A total of 17.36 million fans attended NFL games during the 2014 regular season and each team welcomed an average total of more than542,000 spectators to their home games across the season. This meant that the league average attendance per regular season game stood at 68,331 for the 2014 season.
The Dallas Cowboys were the most supported home team of the 2014 season with an average of 90,069 passing through their gates for every home game. The Cowboys have maintained a consistently high attendance of over 85,000 since they moved to their new stadium in 2009. The total regular season home attendance for the Cowboys stood at 720,558 across eight home games in 2014. The record total home attendance for the Cowboys is 720,558, which was achieved in 2014.
The team with the lowest average regular season attendance in 2014 was the Minnesota Vikings, who attracted an average home crowd of 52,238 fans. The Vikings’ home attendance has decreased sharply compared to 2013 when each home game was watched by an average of 64,019 fans in the stadium.
The newest stadium in the NFL is the Levi’s Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers. The stadium opened in July 2014 and has a capacity of 68,500, expandable to 75,000. The largest stadium in the NFL in terms of official capacity is the MetLife Stadium, joint home of the New York Giants and the New York Jets, which holds 82,500 fans. Although the AT&T Stadium has a lower official capacity of 80,000 seats, it can be expanded to a capacity of over 105,000 to fit larger crowds. As of 2014, the MetLife Stadium is the most expensive stadium ever built, with an estimated construction cost of 1.6 billion U.S. dollars.