I always go to the bathroom or grab a beer, while the game is going on. Takes about 5 minutes tops. No lines and they have the game on tv's everywhere. Never go at halftime or at the end of the 3rd quarter.
As for the stadium, I definitely think it has a lot to do with the appearance of empty seats, even in sellouts. Every time I've been there, there are tons of people inside the stadium. Part of it is the heat and part of it is how much awesome stuff there is inside. The ice bar is ALWAYS packed. The fantasy football area is also packed. They have live music in multiple areas DURING the game. They have crazy banquet areas dedicated to club level seats. I could go on forever.
Now, they have some cool stuff in other stadiums I've been too, but the ones that compare manage to incorporate them into the being fieldside, if that makes sense. Perfect example is the new Cowboys Stadium (which Garfinkel cited a few times when discussing this stuff). Other ones don't even bother as far as I know. One of my favorite venues is the Superdome in New Orleans. I honestly can't think of anything cool outside of the field. It has been a couple of years, so there may have been some updates, but the concessions were basic. Like, minor league hockey basic. There was absolutely no reason to linger. The field was the place to be.
I'm not saying that if everybody inside moved outside to the stands, it would be like Arrowhead; that will still require building a consistent winner and even better, a legitimate contender. However, it would certainly make a difference. I am glad that it is acknowledged though and I hope something comes of it.
The whole idea that if its a better product people will attend is dumb. There are plenty of teams that have the same record as us and their stadiums look full (thinking browns). Its just sad to see an empty stadium at a night game. I am shocked at how loud it is with so few there.
If the heat is not a problem, the owner wouldn't have made a huge fuss over adding a canopy. Who wants to roast in 90 degree weather for a team that has consistently been mediocre for years? There are a lot of fans here, but trust me, their spirits have been crushed by the Dolphins time and time again. Most have become pessimistic or realistic when discussing this team. Which are you?
Been to plenty of games and usually make 1 home game a year. Yeah, it might be hot but nothing has kept me from being in my seat at kickoff or after halftime.
Honestly, the heat excuse is weak at best. The 15 min of shade at halftime doesn't mean squat over the course of the game.
Yep...the hood ole days of the horse trough where it was all dongs on deck. LOL
I obsess over time. Am never late for anything and if I am on time, I am late.
Here I thought the original post was a legitimate question and we were having a good discussion, but ti turns out it was just another "blame the fans" whinefest.