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WalletHub Study: 2022’s Best Cities for Hockey Fans & Stanley Cup Facts

With the 2022 Stanley Cup semifinals in full gear and the NHL projected to have a record over $5 billion in revenue this season, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s Best Cities for Hockey Fans, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary. WalletHub also released its Stanley Cup Facts infographic.

To determine the best places for hockey spectators, WalletHub compared 72 U.S. cities based on two divisional categories, professional and college hockey, across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from the performance level of the city’s teams to minimum season ticket prices to stadium capacity.

Top 20 Cities for Hockey Fans
1. Boston, MA 11. Chicago, IL
2. Pittsburgh, PA 12. Raleigh, NC
3. Detroit, MI 13. St. Paul, MN
4. St. Louis, MO 14. Philadelphia, PA
5. New York, NY 15. Washington, DC
6. Denver, CO 16. Anaheim, CA
7. Buffalo, NY 17. Dallas, TX
8. Tampa, FL 18. Las Vegas, NV
9. Newark, NJ 19. Glendale, AZ
10. Sunrise, FL 20. San Jose, CA

Best vs. Worst

  • The Colorado Avalanche’s performance level, 65.98 percent, is two times better than that of the Detroit Red Wings, at 32.30 percent.
  • The Minnesota State Mavericks’ performance level82.44 percent, is 9.9 times better than that of the St. Thomas (Minnesota) Tommies, at 8.33 percent. 
  • Sunrise, Florida, has the lowest average ticket price for an NHL game, $37.19, which is 2.9 times lower than in Chicago, the city with the highest at $109.23.
  • Dallas has the highest attendance rate for NHL games, 113.00 percent, which is 1.4 times higher than in Sunrise, Florida, the city with the lowest at 82.80 percent. 
  • New York has the highest team franchise value, $1.475 billion, which is 3.7 times higher than in Glendale, Arizona, the city with the lowest at $400 million.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-hockey-fans/13283