For Falcons fans, the 2016 season was a rollercoaster of emotions. MVP Matt Ryan carried a historically good Falcons team to the Super Bowl, and, unfortunately for Falcons fans, everybody remembers the Patriots’ epic comeback. Now two years removed from their Super Bowl run, the Falcons are struggling to replicate that success. Still, they know what it takes to make it to the big game, and they have the pieces to make the trip back. Falcons fans have been carried along for the ride and are justly hoping that their best days are ahead. And now, in a brand new, 1.2 billion dollar stadium, the Falcons fan experience is better than ever. Falcons fans are looking forward to the future, and, knowing that the 2018 season has plagued their team with injuries, they hope that this is just a bump in the road to victory.
If you’re a Falcons fan, you might know about #FalconsFriday, a program where the Falcons feature fans who rep Falcons apparel on their website to gear up for the weekend. The Falcons even send out a crew to local elementary schools to get kids involved in the Falcons community. In another effort to connect with the community, the Falcons have an accessible appearance request system where fans and fan organizations can organize player appearances for their clubs or events. Clearly, the Falcons target their fans in more ways than one. On social media, the Falcons broadcast game hype videos, player news, and more to their 1.9 million, 800k, and 2.3 million followers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter respectively. In a city as busy as Atlanta, it’s no surprise that fans have found themselves migrating to cities all across the country for one reason or the other. As a result, the Falcons have given fans that can’t attend games at Mercedes-Benz stadium the opportunities to connect to the team in other ways, namely through the internet.
With the substantial out-of-market Falcons fan base, fan clubs have popped up around the country to support their team from afar. Online fan communities like FalcFans and the FalcoHolic give fans from any area a way to interact with their community and get a broader look at what is going on in the Falcons organization. For those fans that prefer to meet up in person, clubs like Falcons Friend-zy join together to watch games and celebrate the team. In today’s world, NFL franchises have fan bases that extend far beyond their city of origin. As the Falcons fan base gets more and more spread out, more and more fan clubs will be started, giving fans the opportunity to support their team from afar.
FanWide’s fan club network has accounted for 23 Falcons fan clubs across the country. Additionally, it lists game watch parties for fans who simply want to watch a game when they are away from home. FanWide can give fans the opportunity to meet up with their own no matter where they are and watch their team together.
The Falcons 2018 season is all but over, but the team still has the players they need to succeed. Matt Ryan still plays at a high level, and when they are all on healthy, Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, etc., provide him more than enough firepower to put on a show. Vic Beasley, Keanu Neal, and Deion Jones lead a formidable defense when healthy. In short, the Falcons are still a good team. When the pieces come back together, the Falcons will not be ignored. And when the time comes, the fans will be stronger than ever.
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