NerdWallet, a San Francisco-based consumer finance company, ranked markets based on the number of pro sports teams, fan attendance, affordability of games, and the specific culture of the city based on the number of sports bars.
The website wrote the following:
Minneapolis sports fans can afford to attend games, thanks to the reasonably priced tickets for Twins and Timberwolves games. Enthusiasm for the Vikings and Wild remains high, as both teams have made recent playoff appearances. Vikings fans show their dedication with 95% attendance, especially for games against archrival Green Bay Packers – thousands brave the bitter cold to tailgate before these games in mid-winter. Plus, don’t forget that Minnesota is nicknamed the State of Hockey, which locals make clear with attendance at Wild games over 100% this season. Minneapolis will also be home to the 2014 MLB All-Star game, too, as the Midsummer Classic visits Target Field, one of the newest ballparks in the majors.
Dallas topped the rankings, followed by Chicago, Detroit, New York and San Francisco.
Phoenix, Denver, Miami and Philadelphia rounded out the top 10.