Paid attendance up through Week 5

After five weeks, NFL paid attendance is up 2.1 percent – more than 1,000 per game – over last season at this point.

Through Week 5 (77 games), the average NFL paid attendance is 65,411 – up from 64,042 through five weeks (also 77 games) in 2011.  The largest crowd through Week 5 is 81,034 for the NFL Kickoff Game (Dallas at N.Y. Giants) on September 5. Seven additional games had 75,000+ in paid attendance through Week 5 (list below).

The full season paid attendance average for 2011 was 64,698.

Games With Highest Paid Attendance, Through Week 5

Date Game Paid Attendance
Sept. 5 Dallas at N.Y. Giants 81,034
Oct. 7 Cleveland at N.Y. Giants 79,078
Oct. 1 Chicago at Dallas 78,907
Sept. 30 San Fran. at N.Y. Jets 78,259
Sept. 16 Tampa Bay at N.Y. Giants 77,868
Sept. 9 Pittsburgh at Denver 75,662
Sept. 30 Oakland at Denver 75,515
Sept. 23 Houston at Denver 75,357

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