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Buffalo Bills Attendance Drops Dramatically In 2010

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A report from Sports Business Daily indicates that the Buffalo Bills suffered handily at the box office, so to speak, during the 2010 NFL regular season.

Based on gate receipts reported after each week of the NFL season (and not including adjustments made after the fact), the Bills saw their attendance drop by 9.1 percent in 2010 - easily the largest drop among AFC teams. Cincinnati's 5.7 percent drop was the second-biggest drop in the conference.

An average of 61,639 fans graced Ralph Wilson Stadium (or, in one case, the Rogers Centre in Toronto) for eight Bills home games. In 2009, when the team changed head coaches mid-season and finished just 6-10, the Bills averaged 67,808 fans at home games.

The report indicates that The Ralph was full of Bills fans at an 86.2 percent capacity this season. That's the second-lowest percentage in the AFC, ahead of just Oakland.

Sports Business Daily has not yet released figures for teams in the NFC - that's coming tomorrow - but it's likely that the Bills will compare unfavorably to must of those teams, as well. Buffalo was only able to sell out four of seven games at Ralph Wilson Stadium this season.