Top-notch football environment: Fayette, Mississippi?

Alcorn State UniversityEarlier this year, the personal finance website WalletHub declared the best and worst cities for football. In the top 15, there were the usual suspects for colleges (Tuscaloosa, Baton Rouge, Clemson) among the top NFL cities (Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Dallas). But coming in at No. 12 … Fayette, Mississippi?

Fayette (pop. 1,614) is approximately 10 miles from Lorman, home to Alcorn State, the football champions of the SWAC in 2015. But this small town ranked so high in a state with two Southeastern Conference schools? How did it rank so high?

According to the site, it compared the 245 of the largest U.S. cities with at least one college or professional football team and used two key dimensions: team performance as well as cost and fan engagement. Fayette (read: Alcorn State) finished 60th for team performance but was seventh best in the nation for cost and fan engagement.

Here’s what was judged for Cost and Fan Engagement:

  • Average Ticket Price for an NFL Game: Full Weight (~7.69 Points)
  • Minimum Season Ticket Price for a College Football (FBS & FCS) Game: Full Weight (~7.69 Points)
  • Number of Sports Bars per 100,000 Residents: Half Weight (~3.85 Points)
  • Friendliness & Engagement of NFL Fans (“number of Twitter followers” plus “number of Facebook “Likes” per capita”): Full Weight (~7.69 Points)
  • Friendliness & Engagement of College Football (FBS & FCS) Fans (“number of Twitter followers” plus “number of Facebook “Likes” per capita”): Full Weight (~7.69 Points)
  • Accessibility of NFL Stadiums (“stadium capacity” divided by “city population”): Half Weight (~3.85 Points)
  • Accessibility of College Football (FBS & FCS) Stadiums (“stadium capacity” divided by “city population”): Half Weight (~3.85 Points)
  • Attendance (“average home-fan attendance” divided by “arena capacity”): Half Weight (~3.85 Points)
    Note: For NFL teams only
  • Popularity Index: Half Weight (~3.85 Points)
    Note: For NFL teams only

 

 

 

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