True basketball fans will see their favorite team play in an abandoned shipyard. For the rest of us, the experience matters. Turns out, the San Antonio Spurs offer both sets of followers one heck of a good time.
Online gambling site Betway recently ranked the best North American cities for game day, and San Antonio came in fourth. Tying the study to the June NBA and NHL championships, the company narrowly defined the study to cities with pro hockey or basketball teams. Sorry, stans of Minute Maid Park.
To calculate the listings, Betway looked at several factors, including championships won, average ticket price, and total franchise value. It also computed minutiae like the price of a hotdog and the average cost of a 12-ounce beer. It is a betting site, after all.
With five titles, the Spurs already had a leg-up on the competition but also earned high marks for its affordability. According to Betway’s research, the AT&T Center had one of the lowest ticket prices, and the hotdog and beer prices were downright bargains compared to other cities’ concessions.
Dallas edges out San Antonio as No. 3 on the list, but we cry shenanigans. The determining factor was the average search volume. Though NHL and NBA cities were ranked in two separate lists, somehow, the Mavericks bested our hometown heroes with a whopping 22,790,000 searches. We cry foul, but we also acknowledge that locals live and breathe the Spurs. They may not be Googling “Tre Jones.”
The remainder of the NBA list includes Atlanta in the top spot, followed by Boston at No. 2. Los Angeles rounded out the top 5. The far less important NHL list included Toronto, Calgary, Tampa, Edmonton, and Denver.