Special Report

The Least and Most Popular NFL Teams

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32. Los Angeles Chargers
> 2016 pct. stadium filled: 80.0% capacity
> 2016 avg. home attendance: 57,024
> 5-year record: 34W/46L/0T
> Home stadium: StubHub Center – Carson, CA
> 2017 avg. ticket price: $252

With the lowest average stadium attendance of any NFL team in 2016, the Chargers in January announced they will move to Los Angeles for the 2017 season. The Chargers played in San Diego for 56 years, never winning the Super Bowl.

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31. Washington Redskins
> 2016 pct. stadium filled: 85.4% capacity
> 2016 avg. home attendance: 78,304
> 5-year record: 34W/45L/1T
> Home stadium: FedExField – Landover, MD
> 2017 avg. ticket price: $229

Often criticized for their team name and controversial mascot, the Washington Redskins struggled to fill seats in the 2016 season. In addition, the team in March 2016 released the once-promising young quarterback and 2012 offensive rookie of the year award winner, Robert Griffin III.

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30. Oakland Raiders
> 2016 pct. stadium filled: 86.6% capacity
> 2016 avg. home attendance: 54,584
> 5-year record: 30W/50L/0T
> Home stadium: Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum – Oakland, CA
> 2017 avg. ticket price: $275

Though the NFL approved earlier this year the Raiders’ plan to move to Las Vegas, the team will continue to play in Oakland for the 2017 season. The effect of the impending move on attendance remains to be seen.

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29. Cleveland Browns
> 2016 pct. stadium filled: 87.9% capacity
> 2016 avg. home attendance: 64,311
> 5-year record: 20W/60L/0T
> Home stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland, OH
> 2017 avg. ticket price: $184

Coming off the March 2016 dismissal of their once promising first round draft pick quarterback Johnny Manziel — and with no playoff appearances in over a decade — the Cleveland Browns had more trouble filling seats in 2016 than the majority of teams in the league.

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28. Los Angeles Rams
> 2016 pct. stadium filled: 89.8% capacity
> 2016 avg. home attendance: 74,121
> 5-year record: 31W/48L/1T
> Home stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Los Angeles, CA
> 2017 avg. ticket price: $258

After 21 years in St. Louis, the Rams played in their new home city of Los Angeles for the first time in 2016. Los Angeles has not had a professional football team in 21 years, and it appears it may take time for area residents’ interest to into sellout games.

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