With the NCAA Tournament almost here, it’s time to figure out what North Carolina city might be the best for college basketball fans.
Thanks to our good friends at WalletHub.com, we learned that not only do we know which city is tops in the state, but that city happens to be the best in the COUNTRY.
But before we tell you which one that is, it’s important to understand what we’re ranking here.
“To find 2022’s top spots for NCAA hoops, WalletHub crunched the numbers on more than 290 cities using nine key metrics,” WalletHub said in their rankings release. “They range from the number of teams per city and the winning percentage of each to stadium capacity and social-media engagement.”
So not only are we talking about success on the court, but we’re talking about stadium environments, social media, and so much more.
“Passion is what makes a good college basketball fan. Enough passion to follow for the team, whether the team is winning or losing,” said Rhema Fuller, Ph.D., Associated Professor, The University of Memphis. “And the thing about passion is that it does not cost much money. Sure, it costs time and emotion – but not a lot of money. A fan who has never attended a college basketball game can be just as passionate, or more than a season-ticket holder.”
College basketball drives a lot of passion. SO much so that businesses lose an estimated $13.8 BILLION due to unproductive workers during the NCAA Tournament. People also wager almost $10 BILLION on the NCAA Tournament. That’s roughly 30 percent more than bets made on the Super Bowl.
One more thing before we get into the rankings: It’s important to note that most of these cities are on here because of their proximity to college basketball. That’s why you won’t find Fayetteville mentioned.
But here we go: The top North Carolina and United States cities for college basketball fans. We’ll do the national Top 10 first, followed by all the North Carolina cities on the list.