By Robin McIntosh
Nearing the end of their 2019 season, in November, prices for Redskins tickets at FedEx Field fell to $4 on GameTime Tickets for upper-level seats.
As of now, tickets for the Defenders next game are ranging from $24 to $170 for one ticket.
The Defenders had over 17,000 fans attend the game that was broadcast on ABC as part of four games that were played during the first weekend of the season.
The real challenge will be to see if the Defenders can continue to have a supportive fan base, something that lacked in the last spring football league, the Alliance of American Football, which failed and declared bankruptcy during its first season in 2019.
XFL chief operating officer Jeffrey Pollack was quoted in The Associated Press saying, “Our expectation for this first season is for football fans to simply give us a look, give us a chance, sample us.” Pollack said, “We understand that fandom is earned. It’s not given. … We think that if you love football, you’re going to love the XFL.”
Cars were reportedly lining up to enter parking lots at Audi Field in anticipation of the start of the Defenders season.
Cardale Jones, the quarterback for the Defenders, is one of the bigger names in the XFL.
Jones played for the Ohio State University during its national championship-winning season in 2014-15. He played for the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Chargers and Seattle Seahawks for a brief period following his college career.