Right near the top of NFC West fanbases: San Francisco 49ers
Admittedly, we struggled with this. Putting the 49ers Faithful in the No. 2 spot on best fanbases in the NFC West means two things:
- Niners fans aren’t the best in the division
- By process of elimination, the Seattle Seahawks‘ 12s are
Cringe for a second. Go ahead. It’s OK.
Look, the gap between San Francisco and the other two teams already, Arizona and LA, is massive. It’s not even close. 49ers fans travel well, are spread out throughout the nation and routinely take over other teams’ stadiums, as both the Rams and Dallas Cowboys found out in the playoffs in 2022.
Deciding between the Niners and Hawks wasn’t easy. Even using third-party analysis, from FandomAnalytics.com in this case, it’s still close.
There are a couple of deciding factors here, though. San Francisco’s fans can probably recall half-full games at Levi’s Stadium during the dark years between 2015 and 2017, and that was routinely called out by other fanbases across the league.
Granted, that had about as much to do with the quirks of the new stadium, and it would have been rare to see fully empty sections at Candlestick Park unless you went back to the late 1970s.
Still, the Faithful can take some pride knowing they’re right at the very top in a neck-and-neck fandom battle with Seattle.
But the Seahawks’ 12s take the cake, and here’s why.