Even $6 Tickets Couldn't Get Angelenos To Show Up To Rams Season Opener
The Rams' move to Los Angeles has been anything but seamless. After returning to L.A. from St. Louis in 2016, the opening of their new stadium was delayed by a year, they got better TV ratings in St. Louis than in L.A., they had a disastrous 2016 season (which we will soon be able to relive in season two of Amazon's All or Nothing), and they caused Mayor Eric Garcetti to make a dad joke on Instagram. And just a few weeks ago, tickets were going for as low as $7 for their pre-season matchup with the L.A. Chargers. Even with the low price tag, people weren't all that jazzed about it, partly because the game was on the same night as the Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight, and because it was, you know, a pre-season game.
So, the prices for the regular season games should be higher, and people would be buying in, right? Not exactly.
Tickets for Sunday's season opener could be had for as low as $6. It ended up being a great game, too; they obliterated the Indianapolis Colts 49-6, giving new coach Sean McVay the first win of his career. So much success and for so little money. It's hard to know what the fan experience was like, though, because the crowd was pretty sparse.
The Coliseum can house up to 93,607 fans. The Rams reported selling around 60,000 tickets, according to Business Insider, though it seems that the number of people who actually showed up was far fewer.
The new stadium in Inglewood will be able to host around 70,000 fans regularly, with up to 100,000 for big events like the Super Bowl. The day before, the Coliseum hosted around 77,000 fans for the USC/Stanford game.
With the Chargers moving to Los Angeles this year, and the Rams unable to fill their stadium, it's possible we may have more football than L.A. actually wants.