We’re officially 34 days until college football returns to wreak havoc on our work schedule and in our lives.
So, maybe you’re already planning on taking road trips to away games for 2013, but you can’t decide which game or city to visit.
Thankfully, Movoto Real Estate office has a passion for football and real estate and ranked the best SEC cities for sports fans.
Movoto has very specific criteria used to form the list, and you can read all about them here. And the blog explains that, ‘each SEC city received a score from 1 to 14 across 10 criteria. We then took the average score across all 10 criteria. The winner, in this case the best SEC city for sports fans, was the city with the lowest average score.’
So, how did the rankings shake out?
1. Tuscaloosa (Alabama)
2. Starkville (Mississippi State)
3. Baton Rouge (LSU)
4. Oxford (Ole Miss)
4. College Station (Texas A&M)
6. Columbia (Missouri)
7. Athens (Georgia)
8. Gainesville (Florida)
9. Knoxville (Tennessee)
10. Auburn (Auburn)
11. Fayetteville (Arkansas)
12. Columbia (South Carolina)
13. Lexington (Kentucky)
14. Nashville (Vanderbilt)
Movoto’s criteria were based on the following:
- Sports bars per capita
- Sports radio stations per capita
- Total conference titles (football, basketball, baseball)
- Total national championships (football, basketball, baseball)
- Total number of students vs. a city’s population
- Wins over rival(football)
- Wins over rival (basketball)
- Average fan attendance vs. arena capacity (football)
- Average fan attendance vs. arena capacity (basketball)
Here are the results broken down in a chart:
This obviously wasn’t a list of the top party schools.
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