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Posted Aug. 07, 2012 @ 5:01 p.m. ET
By Eric Edholm

Editor's note: PFW spoke with fans recently about some of their concerns regarding attending NFL games. To read the main story, click here. Below is what fans had to say about whether it is better to be in stadium or at home to watch games.


The NFL has created such a great TV package and is so tied in with fantasy football and — avert your eyes — gambling, that for some, staying home and monitoring the entire league is the better option sometimes. But not for all fans, especially those who treasure those had-to-be-there moments in the flesh.

Travis McDonald: “TV is grabbing the casual fan. I think more fans now don’t have a favorite team, not one that they live and die with. They just like watching football. They’ll stay home.”

Brian Elliott: “I can understand why (the NFL is) trying to improve it. With the parking and the prices, the crowds of people, (not enough) security and fights … I actually tweeted to Roger Goodell one time and said, ‘Hey, you guys need to do something here because this is just ridiculous.’”

Michael Davis: “That’s one of the downfalls of going to games: You feel like you miss out on the rest of the games. If I am at home, pretty much everything is going on at the same time, but I am up on it.”

Jon Kazanjian: “That’s one of the things I hate about going to the games. You miss everything else.”

Lisa Pfeiffer: “I’ll be honest with you, we have the Sunday Ticket for the games, and you can move around between games. A lot of times we’ll hook up a second TV, so we’ll have the Ravens on one TV and another TV with another game. It’s much easier with kids to sit at home and enjoy the game.”

Paul Theoret: “I’d rather be in my man cave with three big-screen TVs, watch 3-4 games at once under the cover of my own home.”

Lisa Pfeiffer: “It’s much more comfortable being at home. I know that sounds terrible.”

Adam Goldstein: “It’s hard to convince somebody to spend all this money and get off their couch with their LED (TV), all their free food and booze and 15 buddies coming over, rather than having a few tickets.”

Michael Davis: “I face that decision all the time. I don’t go to nearly as many games as I used to. I usually sell them when I don’t go to help pay for them.”

Ernie Rupp: “I loved going to the games. There’s nothing like it. You sit near people year after year, you make friends. It’s not quite as fun at home, but I can’t commit that kind of cash right now.”

Chritian Ferris: “I had to give up my tickets one year for work, but I was definitely going to get back in.”

Rodney Knuppel: “I am not into getting the perfect seat. I just want to be a part of the action, just the feel of the electricity of the game.”

Travis McDonald: “Being such a passionate fan, I just love being at the game. The whole game-day experience is different than anything else. Even though you think you can see better on TV, being there is just unlike anything else. It’s a different energy you can’t experience on television.”

Paul Theoret: “I have been to games in Dallas and New Orleans and Philly and Baltimore, New York … the in-game experience is pretty darned good.”

Brian Elliott: “I went to Arizona last year. It was a fine experience. No ribbing or anything, and we wore our Steelers jerseys. But the stadium employees were so friendly there. It’s the same at PNC Park, where the Pirates have lost for 19 straight years. Everyone is more friendly there. Same feeling in Arizona. The Steelers (stadium employees) don’t care who they sell to or how they act. They are going to sell tickets no matter what.”

Chris Jensen: “(Attendance) is not a problem in Chicago. Maybe it is in Jacksonville or San Diego or wherever. (Those teams) have to do something like they have in Seattle, where they have the 12th man. You can’t get seats there. They really make the crowd feel like a part of the game. That’s important. They have to make people part of the action.”

Paul Theoret: “I still had a good time at games. The tailgating, the friends, the whole environment. It’s still a fun time. I miss that part.”

Brian Elliott: “I have been on the waiting list since 1997. I moved (years ago) a few doors away from a Steelers ticket manager. He had told me I was pretty close to the top, but I am not off the list yet. It has been a long wait. But I go to the majority of the games.”

Travis McDonald: “Last season was pretty special to be there (San Francisco) for all of that. That Saints (playoff) game was just amazing. It made the whole thing worth it. It was so much better being there than watching on TV.”

Chris Jones: “I enjoy going to the (Jaguars) games. I love the crowd and the energy. I’ll never forget seeing the 59-yard field goal or the Hail Mary as time expired, both in 2010. They may have been cool to watch at home, but they were absolutely amazing in person with 60,000 of my closest friends.”

Chris Jensen: “I have friends who say that they’re competing against 55-inch TVs that are $1,000 or more. But the fact that you are at the game, you’re right there and it’s third and 3, and the whole place is getting loud … there is nothing like that.”

Jon Kazanjian: “I am (in) the third-to-last row in the stadium. I love the fact they are not expensive. I hate the fact they are right below the lights.”

Adam Siegel: “More screens would be nice for highlights so you can see them better. Or they could put the TV broadcast up there or something.”

Robert Amberg: “I am really interested in the other games. I get the NFL Network and the Red-Zone Channel (at home). I want to see what is going on around the league.”

Michael Davis: “After cost, the next biggest issue is making more information from the other games available. They should have it almost constantly — a second scoreboard only for scores and statistics that is always updated. So that you don’t feel completely separated from the rest of the day.”

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