Miami ranked No. 6 for foot­ball fan­dom

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports - By Johnny Diaz

While you watch the Su­per Bowl on Sun­day — and dream that your team might some­day be in it again — you can take some so­lace in know­ing that Miami is one of the best cities in the coun­try for foot­ball fans.

That’s ac­cord­ing to fi­nan­cial web­site Wal­letHub, which this week re­leased a rank­ing of top places for col­lege and pro­fes­sional pigskin fol­low­ers.

Miami, home of the Dol­phins and Hur­ri­canes, scored the No. 6 spot on the list. The top five were Pitts­burgh, Bos­ton, Green Bay, Dal­las and New York.

For the re­port, Wal­letHub looked at more than 244 cities in the coun­try with “at least one col­lege or pro­fes­sional team.” Re­searchers used 21 key met­rics that in­cluded av­er­age ticket price for an NFL game, at­ten­dance, sta­dium ac­ces­si­bil­ity and foot­ball fan en­gage­ment. The study used in­for­ma­tion from the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau, ESPN, Forbes and the NCAA. Each met­ric was graded on a 100-point scale, with the score of 100 rep­re­sent­ing the most fa­vor­able con­di­tions for fans.

Lo­cal fans, of course, would pre­fer to see some bet­ter re­sults on the field. The Dol­phins haven’t won a play­off game since 2000, while the Hur­ri­canes have strug­gled to re­turn to col­lege foot­ball’s elite.

At No. 180, Boca Ra­ton (home of FAU) was the only other South Florida city to rank. Other Florida cities were Tampa at No. 23, Jack­sonville at No. 28, Or­lando at No. 83, Day­tona Beach at No. 130 and Gainesville at No. 131.

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