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Top 25 U.S. Cities for Sports Travel in 2015

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | March 06, 2015

Top 25 U.S. Cities for Sports Travel in 2015

Washington, D.C. has been the nation's capital for centuries. But in 2015, the District holds the title of America's No. 1 city for sports travel.

That's according to a recent study conducted by experts at and SeatGeek that ranks the top 25 American cities for sports travel.

After determining the top 25 cities based on total tickets purchased in 2014, the experts used a weighted scale to balance four key factors to determine where each city stands. Taking into account sports popularity, average ticket price, destination popularity and average hotel price paid, Washington, D.C. emerged as the best American city for sports travel.

"While places like New York and Boston have rich sports histories and some of the most famous stadiums in the country, they both ranked lower in our study due to higher average ticket prices and hotel rates paid by consumers in 2014," said travel expert Taylor L. Cole. "If you're planning to watch your favorite team on the road this year, Washington, D.C. offers the best of both worlds when it comes to sports travel."

Here's the complete list for 2015:

1. Washington, D.C.

2. Detroit, Michigan

3. Los Angeles, California

4. Tampa, Florida

5. St. Louis, Missouri

6. Phoenix, Arizona

7. Denver, Colorado

8. San Francisco, California

9. Augusta, Georgia

10. Chicago, Illinois

11. Dallas, Texas

12. New York, New York

13. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

14. Cincinnati, Ohio

15. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

16. Houston, Texas

17. San Diego, California

18. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

19. Boston, Massachusetts

20. Minneapolis, Minnesota

21. Kansas City, Missouri

22. Baltimore, Maryland

23. Indianapolis, Indiana

24. Miami, Florida

25. Seattle, Washington

The U.S. capital ranked fourth in sports popularity and eighth in destination popularity, but featured the third-lowest average ticket price ($51) of the 25 cities, with only Milwaukee ($44) and Cincinnati ($48) boasting cheaper average ticket prices. 

Despite ranking as the 27th most popular destination, Detroit came in second thanks to sports popularity (fifth), average ticket price (seventh-cheapest) and average hotel price paid (fifth-cheapest). 

Third-place Los Angeles ranked No. 1 in sports popularity and fourth in destination popularity, while fourth-place Tampa featured the second-cheapest average hotel price ($109). Rounding out the top five, St. Louis ranked ninth in sports popularity and featured the sixth-cheapest average ticket price ($60).

"You might think it's always difficult to score an affordable ticket to see winning teams play, but you'd be surprised," said SeatGeek analyst Connor Gregoire. "The top five cities in the rankings have all seen their baseball clubs qualify for the postseason in the last two years and are home to numerous other successful professional and college teams, but none are even among the top 10 most expensive cities by average ticket price."

Despite their popularity and reputations as elite sports cities, Kansas City, Miami, New York, Seattle and Boston were featured toward the bottom of the rankings as a result of high average ticket and hotel prices. 

Meanwhile, the biggest standout on the list is Augusta, Georgia, home of the annual Masters golf tournament. With an average ticket price of $68 and hotel price of $96, Augusta offers travelers serious bang for their buck.

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