Augusta, GA – With fall sports season approaching and the North American sports industry pulling in more than $60 billion annually, personal finance website WalletHub has released its annual list of Best & Worst Cities for Sports Fans and two South Carolina college cities made the list.
Columbia, South Carolina ranked No. 7 on the Best Midsize Cities for Sports Fans list, and Clemson, South Carolina ranked No. 5 on the Best Small Cities for Sports Fans list. Columbia is the home of the University of South Caorlina Gamecocks and Clemson is home to the Clemson University Tigers.
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.
The viewership rate for NFL games Green Bay, Wis., is three times higher than in Oakland, California
The average ticket price for an NBA game in New York is three times more expensive than in New Orleans.
Morgantown, West Virginia has 38 times more sports bars per capita than Evanston, Illinois.
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, California is two times higher than in Orlando, Florida.
Click here to see how all the cities ranked.