Providence Ranked 2nd Worst City in U.S. for Baseball

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

 

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Providence has been ranked as the second worst city in the U.S. for baseball, according to a recent study done by WalletHub

“Baseball is a sport that requires a lot of patience. In this slow-paced ballgame, hits and home runs are less frequent than strikes and misses. You’d think few Americans would call themselves true baseball fans, but you’d be wrong. Baseball is the second most followed sport in the U.S., with more than 52 million adults tuning in,” said WalletHub. 

The rankings look at Major League, Minor League and College Baseball teams in the area. They are based on such factors as performance, ticket price, franchise value, attendance and more. 

Providence ranks 27th in MLB, 158th in MiLB and 253rd in NCAA. 

The Rankings 

Providence ranks 360th in front of only Jersey City, New Jersey, while ranking behind Old Westbury, New York and New Rochelle, New York at 358 and 359 respectively. 

New York, New York is ranked as the best city for baseball. 

For the full rankings, see the see the map below. 

Source: WalletHub

The Method 

WalletHub’s analysts compared 361 of the most populated U.S. cities based on 25 key metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 representing the most favorable conditions for baseball fans. WalletHub chose cities with at least one college baseball, Major League Baseball or Minor League Baseball team.

They then grouped the cities by division and assigned weights to each divisional category according to its popularity. 

WalletHub then calculated overall scores for each city based on the weighted average across all metrics and used the results to construct our ranking.

MLB – Total Points = 70

  • Number of Teams: Full Weight (~9.33 Points)
  • Performance Level of Team(s): Full Weight (~9.33 Points)

 

Note: This metric was calculated by dividing the number of wins by the total number of games played.

  • Number of Championships Wins: Full Weight (~9.33 Points)
  • Number of Division Championship Wins: Half Weight (~4.67 Points)
  • Franchise Value: Half Weight (~4.67 Points)

 

Note: This metric measures the team(s) estimated value in millions of dollars.

  • Average Season Ticket Price for a Game: Full Weight (~9.33 Points)
  • Fan Engagement: Full Weight (~9.33 Points)

 

Note: This metric measures the number of Twitter followers and Facebook “Likes” per capita.

  • Stadium Capacity: Half Weight (~4.67 Points)

 

Note: This metric was calculated by dividing stadium capacity by the city population.

  • Attendance: Half Weight (~4.67 Points)

 

Note: This metric was calculated by dividing average home-fan attendance by arena capacity.

  • Popularity Index: Half Weight (~4.67 Points)

 

MiLB – Total Points = 10

  • Number of Teams: Full Weight (~1.54 Points)
  • Performance Level of Team(s): Full Weight (~1.54 Points)

 

Note: This metric was calculated by dividing the number of wins by the total number of games played.

  • Number of Championship Wins: Full Weight (~1.54 Points)
  • Number of Regular Season Championship Wins: Half Weight (~0.77 Points)
  • Minimum Season Ticket Price for a Game: Full Weight (~1.54 Points)
  • Fan Engagement: Full Weight (~1.54 Points)

 

Note: This metric measures the number of Twitter followers and Facebook “Likes” per capita.

  • Stadium Capacity: Half Weight (~0.77 Points)


Note: This metric was calculated by dividing stadium capacity by the city population.

  • Attendance: Half Weight (~0.77 Points)

 

Note: This metric was calculated by dividing average home-fan attendance by arena capacity.

NCAA Baseball – Total Points = 20

  • Number of Teams: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)
  • Performance Level of Team(s): Full Weight (~3.33 Points)

 

Note: This metric was calculated by dividing the number of wins by the total number of games played.

  • Number of Championship Wins: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)
  • Number of Regular Season Championship Wins: Half Weight (~1.67 Points)
  • Minimum Season Ticket Price for a Game: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)
  • Fan Engagement: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)

 

Note: This metric measures the number of Twitter followers and Facebook “Likes” per capita.

  • Stadium Capacity: Half Weight (~0.77 Points)

 

Note: This metric was calculated by dividing stadium capacity by the city population.

 
 

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