A month ago, the Cincinnati Bengals were well on pace for their lowest attendance in recent history. After Sunday’s victory over the Cleveland Browns, that unfortunate fate was realized.
Nearly 48,000 fans showed up for the Bengals’ final home game this past week, which confirmed the franchise’s worst seasonal attendance since 1993, per ESPN’s Ben Baby.
It's official. With a paid attendance of 47,759, this is the lowest total season attendance since Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium opened in 2000. Total of 377,342 is lowest since 1993.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) December 29, 2019
Paul Brown Stadium opened seven years after that 1993 season, making 2019’s average attendance of 47,179 (per ESPN) the worst in the stadium’s now 20-year history.
Cincinnati’s 0-11 start made this all but inevitable. The team’s first home game of the season resulted in a 41-17 blowout against the San Francisco 49ers, and they only had two other games in Cincinnati before they benched Andy Dalton during their bye week. Save for a miraculous midseason turnaround, the fans weren’t going to keep showing up for more losses.
The lone two wins against the New York Jets and the Browns at least gave the fans that showed up something to cheer for, but this is what happens when a team ties its record for most losses in a season.
Now, the Bengals have an enormous offseason to tackle to try and bring fans back into Paul Brown Stadium.