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Wallethub ranks St. Louis the third best baseball city with the No. 1 fans

Wallethub ranks St. Louis the third best baseball city with the No. 1 fans

Wallethub, a personal finance web site, ranked St. Louis the No. 3 baseball city in the United States, No. 7 for hockey, No. 27 for soccer and No. 34 overall sports city, largely due to its lack of an NFL football team.
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Wallethub, a personal finance web site, ranked St. Louis the No. 3 baseball city in the United States, No. 7 for hockey, No. 27 for soccer and No. 34 overall sports city, largely due to its lack of an NFL football team.

Wallethub, a personal finance web site that dabbles in consumer rankings, has rated St. Louis No. 3 on its annual list of America’s baseball cities.

New York got the top spot the second year in a row, while Los Angeles, home of the National League champion Dodgers, leap-frogged St. Louis for the No. 2 spot on the large city list.

The rankings are based on wide-ranging criteria from access to MLB, NCAA and minor league games to fan friendliness.

St. Louis gets high points for the Cardinals, but is ranked in the middle of the pack for its easy access to minor league parks and in the bottom third for NCAA baseball.

The city scored high marks, however, in the Cardinals’ on-field performance (No. 4) and easy access to Busch Stadium (No. 5). Fan engagement ranked No. 1.

Other Illinois cities made Wallethub’s list of 360 baseball cities. Champaign is ranked No. 85, Peoria is No. 105, Charleston is 146th, Bloomington-Normal is 184th, Evanston is 190th, Carbondale is 277th, Geneva is 349th, DeKalb is 352nd and Edwardsville is ranked No. 358.

Last on the list is Jersey City, New Jersey.

Notable

  • As a sports city overall, St. Louis ranks just 34th, the loss of its NFL franchise being an obvious detriment. Boston ranked No. 1.

  • St. Louis ranks No. 7 in North America for hockey

  • Despite its current lack of an MLS team, St. Louis ranks No. 27 as a soccer destination. The city gets high marks for its easy access to quality college programs.

  • On the NFL team popularity index, Dallas leads the way for its adoration of the Cowboys. The city where the NFL is least popular? The home of the Rams and Chargers — Los Angeles.
  • Phoenix has the lowest average MLB ticket price, $19.65, which is 2.9 times lower than in Boston, the city with the highest at $56.97.

  • NHL fans in Pittsburgh are 28.3 times friendlier and more engaged than their New York counterparts.

Top 10 sports cities

1. Boston

2. Los Angeles

3. New York

4. Pittsburgh

5. Chicago

6. Philadelphia

7. Washington DC

8. Atlanta

9. Oakland

10. Dallas

Top 10 baseball cities

1. New York

2. Los Angeles

3. St. Louis

4. Atlanta

5. Chicago

6. San Francisco

7. Cincinnati

8. Boston

9. Pittsburgh

10. Arlington, Texas

Top 10 hockey cities

1. Boston

2. Detroit

3. Pittsburgh

4. New York

5. Chicago

6. Newark, New Jersey

7. St. Louis

8. Buffalo

9. Anaheim, California

10. Washington DC

Top 10 football cities

1. Green Bay

2. Pittsburgh

3. Dallas

4. Boston

5. New York

6. Los Angeles

7. Glendale, Arizona

8. Philadelphia

9. Oakland

10. Cincinnati

Top 10 basketball cities

1. Los Angeles

2. Boston

3. Oakland

4. San Antonio

5. Salk Lake City

6. Miami

7. Oklahoma City

8. Chicago

9. Cleveland

10. Philadelphia

Top 10 college basketball towns

1. Chapel Hill, North Carolina

2. Lawrence, Kansas

3. Los Angeles

4. Durham, North Carolina

5. Lexington, Kentucky

6. Philadelphia

7. Storrs, Connecticut

8. Bloomington, Indiana

9. East Lansing, Michigan

10. College Park, Maryland



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