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Study Finds Lexington is Kentucky’s Best City for Basketball Fans, Louisville Ranked Seventh in the State

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

33. Lexington
55. Murray
60. Morehead
89. Richmond
90. Highland Heights
93. Bowling Green
181. Louisville

Other Notable Names from Nearby

12. Indianapolis
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. 

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for Study Finds Lexington is Kentucky’s Best City for Basketball Fans, Louisville Ranked Seventh in the State



  1. runningunnin.454
    7:57 pm May 30, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t think basketball fans in Bloomington, In have had much to be happy about lately.



  2. henderblue
    8:57 pm May 30, 2017 Permalink

    Is this more fake news? Another article of wasted space.



    • BBNDan7
      10:18 pm May 30, 2017 Permalink

      Does it hurt you in some way for them to post what they want in their website that you still continue to read?



    • ofallthethings
      8:18 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

      It’s either they post things like this that are interesting for most of us normal people to read, or they don’t post anything. An empty blog doesn’t seem very entertaining to me.



    • Rod Crandler
      8:45 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

      Good point! We are running out of Internets and this is the reason why! Save the Internets!



    • Mathlete
      9:23 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

      Don’t get your feelings hurt just because a study doesn’t think Louisville is a good sports town. It’s barely ever a good anything town



  3. Cals Hoverboard
    9:31 pm May 30, 2017 Permalink

    Every location has affordable tickets and easy accessibility until the Kentucky Wildcats come to your venue. Then what happens to the tickets? BBN gets in and pays up!!! Another wasted effort at showing where the absolute best fans in the world are. KENTUCKY BABY !!!!!!



  4. Cals Hoverboard
    9:40 pm May 30, 2017 Permalink

    Show me a city where tickets are cheap, tickets are accessible, and every burger joint in town gives you a free ticket with the purchase of a jumbo milkshake. And I’ll show you a pitiful place to be a college basketball fan. Probably means your team sucks or else the fans are not loyal enough to spend their money supporting their team (until the Cats come to town). Have the author bring his tent and gear down in September for our Madness and park his/her ass outside for 5 days. Might have a different opinion; no, that would require some work and research. Pitiful !



  5. Angelo
    1:50 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    What is this?? Lexington 33rd in the USA? Something is wrong…



    • DelrayCat
      8:25 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

      The study is “basketball”…and not “college basketball”.
      Kentuckians could care less about the NBA.



  6. RICKSVD
    8:17 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Louisville is number one sports town for athletic scandals, hookers, drugs and murders. So hey Louisville, look at you.