It’s almost time for the NCAA Tournament, so let’s figure out which North Carolina city makes the best choice for college basketball fans. We learned through our friends at WalletHub.com that not only do we know which city is the best in the state, but it is also the best in the country.
First, let’s clarify what we’re ranking here. WalletHub crunched the numbers on more than 290 cities using nine key metrics to determine where 2022’s top spots will be for NCAA hoops. The factors range from the number of teams per city and their winning percentage to stadium capacity and social-media engagement.” As a result, we are discussing not only success on the court, but stadium environments, social media, and 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., Associate 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.”
It’s no secret that college basketball inspires a great deal of passion. Business losses during the NCAA Tournament are estimated at $13.8 billion due to unproductive workers. Over $10 billion has also been wagered on the tournament. This is approximately 30 percent more than bets made on the Super Bowl.
I’ll give you the top cities in North Carolina and the United States for college basketball fans. Our first stop will be the national Top 10, followed by all the North Carolina cities.