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Old 10-12-2008   #1
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Default What is up with the empty seats?

Can someone who goes to the games explain what the deal is with all the empty seats? At the beginning of the game, the TV shots made it look like only about 25% of the seats were filled. Then, at the end of the game, there were huge blocks of seats empty.

As I understand it, all of the games are sellouts, so it's not like there are not ticket holders. Furthermore, if I were paying that much for a ticket, I can't imagine not actually using it for it's full time!

Plus, while I can sort of understand someone leaving a game early if it were a blowout (although last week's game should keep people in their seats, I would think), I can't imagine why anyone would leave early in a game as close as this one.

Seriously, I don't understand this at all. Is there some simple explanation I'm missing?
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Old 10-12-2008   #2
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Um...we've never had a winning season. We started the year off 0-4 and just had a devastating loss to the Colts.
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Default Re: What is up with the empty seats?

I was there before kickoff but left with everyone else after schaub apparently threw another pick, it looked like a pick to me, was disappointed to hear the texans won when I walked out on them, oh well
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Default Re: What is up with the empty seats?

A lot of people left right before that 2 minute drive there at the end. Also, many people come in late.

I heard on 610 that the official attendance was 70,000ish... the seat capacity is 71,500. That's almost a full house.
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Default Re: What is up with the empty seats?

I was there the entire game.
Houstonians have never been punctual.
There were quite a few people who left in the 4th quarter. Both after Miami scored and after Schaub threw a pick that was later called an incomplete pass.

I can't argue with people who leave early. You pay the money, it's your choice and this team hasn't shown a whole lot to root for yet. Hopefully that will change.
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Default Re: What is up with the empty seats?

I don't think anybody will ever accuse this fanbase of being "rabid" and "loyal".
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Default Re: What is up with the empty seats?

Rockets fans never learned their lesson after 13 in 33 sec. either. It's a Houston thing really. Not ever gonna change.
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Old 10-12-2008   #9
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Default Re: What is up with the empty seats?

Houston fans are fairweather always have been always will be. When the Texans become consistant winners it will be the in thing to be at the games until then only the diehards show up every week.
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Default Re: What is up with the empty seats?

i show up every week

ANd TBO i was dissopented in the Crowd noise some of are fans are familys and dont make much noise or are to embressed for some reason

tho the roof was open and its much louder when its closed but sometimes i just wish we would have a phlly or Pittsburg like atompheres
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I don't think anybody will ever accuse this fanbase of being "rabid" and "loyal".
Sure, they have only sold out every single game and have never had a winning record. Have you been to a game? I have been to every game but 2. It is surprising there are as many cheering fans each week as there are. A person can only get kicked in the crotch so many times and still come back the next week and ask for more.
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Default Re: What is up with the empty seats?

Yeah, lots of empty seats as per usual.

It's going to sting a lot more next year - because there's no more TV blackout protection after this season. We're going to have to win early and often to see the games on TV in Houston.
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Rockets fans never learned their lesson after 13 in 33 sec. either. It's a Houston thing really. Not ever gonna change.
its the damn transplants, too. i'm sure houston had much more loyal and rabid fanbases back before everyone decided to move here.

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Yeah, lots of empty seats as per usual.

It's going to sting a lot more next year - because there's no more TV blackout protection after this season. We're going to have to win early and often to see the games on TV in Houston.
We only need to sell the seats though right?
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Yeah, lots of empty seats as per usual.

It's going to sting a lot more next year - because there's no more TV blackout protection after this season. We're going to have to win early and often to see the games on TV in Houston.
It doesn't matter how many seats are empty, it matters how many tickets are sold. We have had nothing but sellouts since we began.

I do have to admit that I don't know about today though...
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I heard on 610 that the official attendance was 70,000ish... the seat capacity is 71,500. That's almost a full house.
Paid attendance was 70K...the actual attendance was no where near this.
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I was there the entire game.
Houstonians have never been punctual.
There were quite a few people who left in the 4th quarter. Both after Miami scored and after Schaub threw a pick that was later called an incomplete pass.

I can't argue with people who leave early. You pay the money, it's your choice and this team hasn't shown a whole lot to root for yet. Hopefully that will change.
If they want to leave...let them leave. As the Preacher Man once wisely said, "I paid for 60 minutes of footballl, I'm goona watch 60 minutes of football".
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I'll put it this way..
The seats may be empty, but that damn parking lot is FULL
during the games. I can see why Bud banned tailgating.
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Paid attendance was 70K...the actual attendance was no where near this.
It still bothers me that the ownership hypes the paid attendance all the time and the place has a ton of empty seats when the game starts. I wonder if the blackout protection could mean that Houston might not even show its own team play even though I dont see that happening.
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I'll put it this way..
The seats may be empty, but that damn parking lot is FULL
during the games. I can see why Bud banned tailgating.
wait a minute when did tailgating stop?
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wait a minute when did tailgating stop?
He said BUD...as in when the Oilers were here...
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