Take off the pads and throw on some sneakers because Miami is quickly becoming a basketball town.
In a study conducted by a financial research center, Miami ranked as the 13th best city to be a basketball fan.
Wallethub.com’s study included both college and professional basketball and analyzed 300 of the most populated U.S. cities and ranked them based on 11 key metrics. Categories ranged from total championships the city has won to ticket prices and arena accessibility.
Topping the list of basketball towns was Storrs, Connecticut. The small town is home to the University of Connecticut Huskies and their four NCAA championships.
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While Miami did rank toward the bottom of the pack of most friendly and engaged college fans, the city was No. 1 in most friendly and engaged NBA fans.
This is good news for the Miami Heat, which defeated LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, and bad news for the Miami Hurricanes, who begin play in the first round of the NIT at BankUnited Center on Tuesday night.