Scott Clayton’s got a problem with a study released earlier this year naming Seattle one of the nation’s top 10 cities for football fans.
Seattle is ranked only 10th.
“We should be higher,” said the Belfair resident, who was decked out in blue and green early Tuesday morning on the Bremerton-Seattle ferry after a thrilling Seahawks victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. “It’s been an exciting year. We’ve had a taste of what it’s like to win a Super Bowl once — should be twice — and this year has the potential to be another. And CenturyLink (Field) is known as one of the loudest (stadiums).”
WalletHub ranked 240 cities that have at least one college or NFL football team using data across 21 key metrics, including the number of championship and division wins, average ticket prices, the accessibility of stadiums, and fan engagement based on Twitter followings.
According to the study, which was released in January, Seattle then ranked sixth in performance among the 32 NFL teams, and fifth in game attendance, but Seahawks fans were ranked as being only the 10th most engaged NFL fans. The most engaged, according to WalletHub, are in Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Boston, New Orleans and Oakland.
Dragging Seattle down on the overall list was its score on the college football front. The Emerald City placed 75th for college football fans, a ranking based in part on the number of college football teams, the teams’ performance, the number of seats in Husky Stadium, the number of Hall of Fame head coaches and how much folks have to fork out for cheap tickets.
But the Seahawks are a bright spot, and based on how well they’re doing, Clayton doesn’t buy the claim that nine cities are better for their teams’ football fans (those nine: Pittsburgh, Boston, Green Bay, Dallas, New York, Miami, New Orleans, Oakland and Philadelphia).
“We should, at least, be in the top five,” he said.