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WalletHub Study: 2015’s Best And Worst Cities For Sports Fans

By Fabiola Antunes
In Featured
September 8, 2015

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With fall sports season approaching and the North American sports industry pulling in more than $60 billion annually, the leading personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Sports Fans.To help avid sports fans maximize their spectating experience, WalletHub compared 341 cities — varying in size from small to large — across more than 50 key metrics. The data set includes such metrics as the performance level of the city’s team(s), average ticket price of a game, number of sports bars and attendance rate. 

Best Large Cities for Sports Fans
1 Boston, MA 6 New York, NY
2 Denver, CO 7 Minneapolis, MN
3 Pittsburgh, PA 8 Philadelphia, PA
4 Washington, DC 9 Detroit, MI
5 Chicago, IL 10 St. Louis, MO
Best Midsize Cities for Sports Fans
1 Ann Arbor, MI 6 Baton Rouge, LA
2 Cincinnati, OH 7 Columbia, SC
3 Orlando, FL 8 Buffalo, NY
4 Gainesville, FL 9 Waco, TX
5 Norman, OK 10 Eugene, OR
Best Small Cities for Sports Fans
1 East Lansing, MI 6 Bowling Green, OH
2 Stanford, CA 7 College Park, MD
3 Chapel Hill, NC 8 Morgantown, WV
4 West Point, NY 9 Fayetteville, AR
5 Clemson, SC 10 Oxford, MS


Key Stats

  • The viewership rate for NFL games Green Bay, Wis., is three times higher than in Oakland, Calif.
  • The average ticket price for an NBA game in New York is three times more expensive than in New Orleans.
  • Morgantown, W.Va., has 38 times more sports bars per capita than Evanston, Ill.
  • NHL fans in Pittsburgh are 28 times friendlier and more engaged than those in New York.
  • The attendance rate for MLS games in San Jose, Calif., is two times higher than in Orlando, Fla.


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