With the 2021 World Series in full gear and tickets to see the games live costing hundreds to thousands of dollars, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on Best Baseball Cities, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary, to go along with its World Series Facts – Astros vs. Braves infographic.
To determine the best places to be a fan of America’s second most followed sport, WalletHub compared over 330 U.S. cities with at least one college or professional baseball team across 31 key metrics. They range from performance level of team(s) to average ticket price to stadium accessibility.
|Top 20 Baseball Cities|
|1. New York, NY||11. Cincinnati, OH|
|2. Los Angeles, CA||12. Philadelphia, PA|
|3. St. Louis, MO||13. Pittsburgh, PA|
|4. Atlanta, GA||14. St. Petersburg, FL|
|5. Boston, MA||15. Houston, TX|
|6. Chicago, IL||16. Milwaukee, WI|
|7. Minneapolis, MN||17. Arlington, TX|
|8. Oakland, CA||18. San Diego, CA|
|9. Cleveland, OH||19. Kansas City, MO|
|10. San Francisco, CA||20. Denver, CO|
2021 World Series Facts
- $2,691 vs. $1,702: Average ticket prices for 2021 World Series games in Atlanta and Houston, respectively.
- $2.1 Million: Amount the Houston Astros spent on each regular season win, compared to the Atlanta Braves’ $2 million.
- 9.8 Million: Average viewership for the 2020 Series (down 30% over 2019).
- $191 Million: Total ad revenue generated by the World Series in 2019 compared to $336 Million in ad revenue generated by the Super Bowl in 2019.
- $1 Billion: Estimated amount MLB teams lost in 2020 (after a $2.5 Billion profit swing).