Lexington is the basketball capital of Kentucky. The Big Blue Nation has known this for eons, but a recent study by WalletHub has confirmed the beliefs of Kentucky fans.
WalletHub, a financial company that primarily focuses credit card services, also dips their toe into surveys and studies. They sought to discover the best and worst cities for basketball fans. To determine the results they examined 293 of the largest cities using 17 different metrics, “ranging from the performance level of each city’s NBA and NCAA Division 1 basketball teams to ticket prices to stadium accessibility.” Here’s what they found:
Kentucky’s Best Cities for Basketball Fans
90. Highland Heights
93. Bowling Green
Other Notable Names from Nearby
32. Bloomington, In.
43, Cincinnati, Oh.
62. Nashville, Tn.
65. Dayton, Oh.
182. Muncie, In.
220. St. Louis
You’re seeing that correctly. Muncie, Indiana is almost a better town for basketball fans than Louisville. I can understand why the luxury, low-cost amenities at BB&T Arena help push NKU ahead, but Louisville is in the same breath as Muncie? Really?
Louisville’s larger population compared to the price of a ticket to watch a game at the Yum! Center pushed them farther down the scale, although Louisville and Lexington are both tied for dead-last in the “highest-minim season ticket” category. Engagement on social media also benefited Lexington. Most importantly, the school with the most wins in the history of college basketball who has four Final Fours in the last seven years holds an advantage or two or ten in prestige over Little Brother in Louisville.
You can click here to see more graphics and details on the study’s methodology.