Following the 2005 season and an 11-5 record, the future was looking bright for Head Coach Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals. Now just three years later, Lewis is on the hot seat and the Bengals are 0-6, and fans are growing restless with the team’s poor performance.
Although the team has officially sold out tickets to all their home games at Paul Brown Stadium, the secondary ticket market is suffering the consequences of dwindling demand.
Currently on StubHub, there are nearly 4,100 tickets available for the Bengals game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 2. Due to the large amount of tickets still available, prices have plummeted to the point where tickets can be found for more than 50 percent less than face value. For the same game on TicketNetwork, there are 20 ticket groups for 300 level seats that are priced at $30 or less. Those seats have a face value between $64 and $72.
“Everybody wants to win, and I’m sorry [fans are] disappointed,” Lewis said to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “So am I. But unfortunately, that’s where we are right now. But hang on; you’re going to see something special here.”
Fans have not held too much hope in the Bengals all season long and, according to CNBC’s Darren Rovell, the team has seen the fifth biggest drop in ticket prices on the secondary market. Using data from StubHub, he reported that the Bengals had 16.3 percent drop-off this season.
Despite the fact that there are still plenty of tickets available for upcoming games on the secondary market, according to ESPN attendance numbers, through two games the Bengals have averaged 65,040 fans, filling the stadium to 99.2 percent capacity.