With the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs in full gear and National Hockey League attendance, TV ratings and revenues rising, the leading personal finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Hockey Fans.
To identify which cities offer the best deals to hockey fans, WalletHub crunched the numbers for 74 of the largest U.S. cities using 18 key metrics. Our data set ranges from ticket prices to stadium accessibility to the performance level of each city’s teams.
|Best Cities for Hockey Fans||Worst Cities for Hockey Fans|
|1||Pittsburgh, PA||65||Waltham, MA|
|2||Chestnut Hill, MA||66||Erie, PA|
|3||St. Louis, MO||67||Duluth, MN|
|4||Tampa, FL||68||Hartford, CT|
|5||Boston, MA||69||Princeton, NJ|
|6||St. Paul, MN||70||Huntsville, AL|
|7||Detroit, MI||71||Cambridge, MA|
|8||Denver, CO||72||Fairfield, CT|
|9||Chicago, IL||73||Anchorage, AK|
|10||Anaheim, CA||74||Springfield, MA|
- The Anaheim Ducks’ performance level is two times better than the Arizona Coyotes’.
- The Minnesota State Mavericks’ performance level is five times better than the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers’.
- The average ticket price for an NHL game is three times higher in Boston than in Sunrise, Fla.
- The number of sports bars per capita is 16 times higher in Big Rapids, Mich., than in Duluth, Minn.
- The attendance rate for NHL games is two times higher in Chicago than in Sunrise, Fla.