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Football World Reacts To The USFL Crowd On Saturday

A low, wide-camera shot of a USFL game in Birmingham.

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA - APRIL 17: General view of the action between the Philadelphia Stars and the New Orleans Breakers in the second quarter of the game at Protective Stadium on April 17, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Rob Carr/USFL/Getty Images)

The USFL continued its relaunch with a Week 2 doubleheader on Saturday. The Philadelphia Stars opened the day with a 30-23 victory over the Pittsburgh Maulers.

After inclement weather dampened the league's inaugural weekend, the USFL had to hope for an attendance uptick at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama. However, not many people showed up for this game either.

Given the notably sparse crowd, many TV viewers wondered whether FOX was artificially piping in crowd noise during its telecast. Considering the network did so when NFL teams played in front of empty stadiums during the 2020 season, football fans know fake cheers when they hear them.

So far, holding every game in one venue is backfiring. Alabama residents didn't show much interest in watching two Pennsylvania teams play spring football. However, the hometown Birmingham Stallions drew a far better crowd when opposing the Houston Gamblers on Saturday evening. Although technically the road team, the Stallions attracted more local interest while improving to 2-0 with a 33-28 triumph.

Based on early returns, the USFL may need to locate more home venues for all eight squads to bring in fans.