In a recent study done by Movoto Blog, Coral Gables ranks No. 6 in the best ACC college towns for sports fans.
Natalie Grigson, a writer for Movoto, took the following into consideration before making her final list:
- Sports bars per capita
- Student population
- Number of sports radio stations each town receives
- Average season ticket price (basketball/football)
- Number of conference titles (basketball/baseball/football)
- Number of national championships (basketball/baseball/football)
- Number of wins over their rival school (football/basketball)
- The average fan attendance at last year’s games (football/basketball)
It should be noted that Grigson makes it clear that she has no interest in sports, nor did she even know what the ACC was prior to compiling her list, but let us sports fans not hold that against her.
Her research was far from tentative and her work is much appreciated. Having not been to every city that houses an ACC program, I am unable to speak as to whether or not the following results are accurate.
In any event, here are Movoto’s final results:
- No. 1 – Chapel Hill, NC: North Carolina Tar Heels
- No. 2 – College Park, MD: Maryland Terrapins
- No. 3 – Clemson, SC: Clemson Tigers
- No. 4 – Raleigh, NC: NC State Wolfpack
- No. 5 – Durham, NC: Duke Blue Devils
- No. 6 – Coral Gables, FL: Miami Hurricanes
- No. 7 – Charlottesville, VA: Virginia Cavaliers
- No. 8 – Atlanta, GA: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
- No. 9 – Tallahassee, FL: Florida State Seminoles
Also, newly added Syracuse, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Louisville were not included.
As for the final rankings, it seems obvious as to why the Tar Heels would sit atop the list. Although they have yet to conquer the football world, it would seem that Chapel Hill would be a basketball fans mecca. Roy Williams, the myriad NBA players to don the Carolina Blue – the six national championships, all of which came courtesy of the basketball program – come on now.
As far as the Miami Hurricanes, in my opinion No. 6 seems respectable.
About a 20 minute drive from Miami, there is a lot to do aside from attending a sports game on a Saturday afternoon (not to beat a dead horse Miami fans). South Beach, Ocean Drive, Key Biscayne. Miami is a very diverse city. Not to bash Miami fans, but if one can’t find something to do aside from sitting in a half-empty stadium, whether it be at a Marlins, Dolphins or a Hurricanes game, something is wrong. However, I would gladly sit in a half-empty stadium to watch my Hurricanes.
Many have argued that once the teams in Miami begin to win, the fans will show their support. I suppose that is true to some degree as the Miami Heat tend to fill their arena – perhaps not as much during the regular season, but more so during the postseason.
The fact it, the Hurricanes have never really packed the house, even in the old Orange Bowl. The stadium held what, 80,000 people? How often did it sell out? How often do the Dolphins sell out? Need I even ask about the Marlins?
In any event, when one thinks of a college town, Coral Gables isn’t the first city to come to mind – at least not mine.
What do you think, are Movoto’s results accurate?