The 12 Best Sports Cities In America

Every city has their share of fair weather fans, but the good people at have taken a hard look at the data to find out which are truly the best cities for sports fans. Grab your peanuts and crackerjacks as we dive right into the 12 best cities for sports fans.


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The overall score for each city was derived from the following measures:

1. Does the city have all four major sports? Only cities with all four major sports (MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA) in the city’s combined statistical area (as defined by the Census) were included in the top cities.

2. Do fans attend the games? We included attendance at home games as a percentage of stadium capacity in the calculation.

3. Can fans afford to attend the games? We included the average cost of NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA tickets.

4. Does the city have a sports culture? We assessed the sports culture by the number of sports bars in the city.

View the statistical breakdown here.