Top 10 Cities for Sports Fans [Infographic]
Is your city worthy of a touchdown? A slam dunk? A homerun? According to a recent Rent.com national survey, 25% of renters would be willing to spend more on rent if it meant they could live within 30 minutes of their favorite sports team’s arena! So where should all these fantasy league pros and face painted fans live? Rent.com lists the country’s top 10 cities for sports fans:
Seattle’s two professional teams, the Mariners and the Seahawks, both have unique owners. The Mariners, who have yet to win a World Series, are owned by Nintendo, and the Seahawks are owned by Seattle native and co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen. Together, the teams are worth $1.725 billion.
The Baltimore Ravens, the Super Bowl XLVII champions, are the city’s most valuable team, valued at over $1.2 billion. The Orioles play at Camden Yards, which is valued at $104 million, and is considered one of best ballparks in the country.
8. San Francisco
SF residents love their two pro sports teams. It seems like every San Franciscan became a fan of the Giants, worth $786 million, when the team won the 2010 World Series, the first for the city. The 49ers will be moving to the new Levi’s stadium, which cost close to $1.2 billion to build, starting in 2014.
7. Washington, D.C.
The nation’s capital has teams in all four professional leagues, including the Redskins, the second most valuable team in the NFL, who are worth $1.7 billion! The District’s four teams have won five championships: four from the Redskins and one from the Wizards in 2008.
Residents of the City of Brotherly Love sure love their sport teams, cheering on the teams in all four professional leagues. Their teams, the Eagles, Phillies, 76ers and Flyers together are valued at over $1.3 billion. Philly sports fans love the rich sports history—the city has won a total of 17 championships (although the last one was won in 1983)!
Boston is home to some of the best major league sports teams in the nation, including The Red Sox, New England Patriots and The Boston Celtics. As a city, their sports teams have a combined value of almost $2.4 billion and 34 championships. Not to mention, Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox) is one of the most infamous baseball stadiums in the nation!
The Cowboys are the highest valued team in the NFL with stadium revenue alone coming in at more than $600 million. The team’s estimated total value is a staggering $2.3 billion. Dallas is also home to the NBA’s Mavericks.
3. Los Angeles
LA is home to two MLB teams (Dodgers and Angels), two NBA teams (Lakers and Clippers) and two NHL teams (Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks). While Los Angeles hasn’t had a football team since 1994, the city still ranks in the top five sports’ team dollar values—with over $4 billion in total.
Chicago can’t be said without thinking, “Da Bears.” But their $1.25 billion football team isn’t the only thing they are famous for! We can’t forget about the Chicago Bulls and the legendary Michael Jordan era, leading them to win six championships.
1. New York
With a whopping 55 championships with 27 World Series titles alone, New York is home to some of the most infamous and highest grossing sports teams around including the Yankees, Giants and Rangers—just to name a few. The New York Yankees alone are valued at $2 billion!