According to a new study by WalletHub, Chicago is now the 5th best big city for sports in the US!
Sports in Chicago include many professional sports teams. Chicago is one of ten U.S. cities to have teams from the five major American professional team sports (baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer). Chicago has been named as the Best Sports City by Sporting News three times in 1993, 2006, and 2010.
The survey itself compared 420 of the largest cities in the country by looking at 50 key metrics across five of today’s most popular sports – baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and soccer. Among those metrics considered were the number of professional sports teams per capita, the average price of tickets, and overall viewership.
Chicago is home to the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch softball league. Chicago is home to the Chicago Force of the Independent Women’s Football League, as well as the Chicago Bliss of the Legends Football League.
Included in WalletHub’s report was a break down of the best cities for each individual sport. Chicago ranked among the top ten for basketball, baseball (duh), and hockey (also duh.)
Other cities who made the top ten were:
- Washington DC
If you’re wondering why Chicago wasn’t ranked number one overall, well, I’ll leave you with just three words: The Chicago Bears.