Do you follow MLS soccer and did you catch the MLS All-Star Game?
If you did, you are a soccer “super fan” and part of a growing legion of soccer fans in America. TV ratings soared for this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup and cities like Atlanta are excited about a new MLS team taking up residence in their city in the coming years. The informative personal finance website WalletHub recently took an in-depth look at 2015’s Best and Worst Cities for Soccer Fans with a recent comparison study. Soccer is a also a great way to get out and get some exercise before the fall and winter gets here.
In this in depth look, WalletHub compared the 172 most populated cities in the U.S. with at least one college or professional soccer team by comparing 18 key metrics. The data analyzed includes the average ticket price for an MLS game, stadium accessibility and the total number of championship wins in that city among other factors.
Soccer is currently ranked the eighth most popular sport in America and many think it is on the rise. It seems both MLS attendance and TV viewership figures are getting stronger— World Cup viewership ratings were the highest ever in 2014 on ESPN alone.
Per WalletHub, here are the top-10 cities for soccer fans in the U.S.
1 Salt Lake City, UT
2 Mansfield, CT
3 Conway, SC
4 Clemson, SC
5 College Park, MD
6 Seattle, WA
7 Kansas City, MO
8 Notre Dame, IN
9 Washington, DC
10 Dallas, TX
WalletHub says that ranking last on the list at No. 172 is Stockton, Calif. The list is very complete, so check and see where your city ranks.
WalletHub also provided some fast facts to get you and your soccer fanatic friends talking.
– The Seattle Sounders FC’s performance level is two times better than the Philadelphia Union’s.
– The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers’ performance level is seven times better than the Virginia Military Institute Keydets’.
– The average ticket price for an MLS game is four times more expensive in Seattle than in Chicago.
– There are 35 times as many sports bars per 100,000 residents in Morgantown, W.Va., than in Davis, Calif.
-The attendance rate for MLS games is two times higher in San Jose, Calif., than in Orlando, Fla.
Let’s hope soccer keeps growing in North America. It’s a great sport to watch and play.