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L.A. is a two-team NFL town for the first time since 1994. So how do Angelenos feel about this pro football renaissance? Uh, it's complicated. The Rams will play at Memorial Coliseum until 2020, when a new $2.6 billion stadium will be completed. Our reporter surveyed a section of the Coliseum, a third of the way up from the field at the 20-yard line, during the Rams' loss to Washington on Sept. 17. (Official attendance: 56,612; capacity: 93,607.) Here, observations from a virtual NFL wasteland.

MANNY SILVA, 33

Employer-provided ticket

"When the Rams win, everybody wants to claim that and be a part of it. When they lose, everyone stays home. The fans here today are the real fans."

JOE GUTIERREZ, 61

Season ticket

"The Chargers being in L.A. too—and playing on the same day—that's why it's half-full here. If either of these two teams has a winning record, that'll attract more fans."

DAVID ELIZALDE, 36

Season ticket, $154

"I couldn't get season tickets last year; I was on the waiting list. This year I might have a hard time reselling the tickets when I can't make it."

CARLO CECHETTO, 48

StubHub, $180

"Texas-USC here last night was much more electric. We don't know [Rams owner] Stan Kroenke yet. You're not gonna weather a bad team unless you know who's in charge."

KEVIN PORTER, 58

Season ticket, $162.50

"You've gotta remember, this place holds almost 100,000 people. In any other stadium this is nearly a packed house."

MICHELLE SALZMAN, 53

Season ticket, $178

"[My family] also has USC season tickets. My son's friends Uber here and tailgate with us, but they don't go to the game. They just enjoy the scene outside."

J.P. HARLETT SR., 57

Season ticket, $162.50

"USC is the home team in L.A. Trojans' seats are more expensive, but USC didn't leave L.A. and come back. The Rams have to earn fans' loyalties back."

MICHAEL SANCHEZ, 30

Season ticket

"When [they're good] and you get the bandwagoners, it'll start filling up. Like Warriors games. As a season-ticket holder, this is not a great investment."