A new report released by online personal finance site WalletHub has compiled a list of Best and Worst cities for basketball fans. According to that report, Washington D.C. has been able to make it on the top 10 of the list coming in at 9th place.
D.C. is the home of several professional and college basketball teams which include the Wizards, the WNBA’s Mystics, George Mason University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Howard University.
According to a press release made by WalletHub Communications Manager Diana Polk the website compared more than 290 of the largest cities and measured them against a host of different metrics. These 21 different metrics range from the performance level of each city’s NBA and NCAA Division-1 basketball teams to ticket prices to stadium accessibility.
The metric that D.C shone brightest in was in the category of lowest average ticket prices per NBA game in which the city came in fourth place. The city with the lowest average ticket price, Charlotte, North Carolina, came in $32.05 while D.C. came in at $41.84. A look at the Wizard’s webpage shows that the lowest priced tickets come in a $16.00 for the upper-level seats while the highest priced tickets cost $2,300 for floor seats.
The city with the highest average ticket price coming in at the bottom of the list was San Francisco, home of the Golden State Warriors.
Other metrics that pushed D.C. into the top 10 were its NBA Finals win in 1978, their division wins beginning with their first in 1969, the six division championships made throughout the 1970s, and their most recent win in 2017 also pushed the city into higher numbers of the list.
Fairfax County Times attempted to contact the Washington Wizards organization on the city’s placement but no response was forthcoming.