Tuscaloosa is Named Best Small City for Football Fans in 2018
Super Bowl week means that football at all levels will officially come to an end on Sunday and the long offseason is only days away.
But it's been another great year for fans of The University of Alabama. The program claimed its 17th national championship - hi Central Florida - after an incredible comeback victory over Georgia and close to 40,000 people came out to celebrate the team a week later.
Title Town can now add another accomplishment to its list for the year after a report named Tuscaloosa the best small city for football in 2018. WalletHub put together its list of the best and worst cities for professional and college football, and T-Town took the top spot for cities with fewer than 100,000 people.
Here's how the website calculated its rankings:
In order to determine the best and worst cities for football fans, WalletHub compared 243 U.S. cities based on 21 relevant metrics, which are listed here with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for football fans.
For our sample, we chose cities with at least one professional football team (NFL) and at least one college football team (NCAA, including FBS and FCS). We then grouped the cities by division — “Pro Football” and “College Football” — and assigned weights to each divisional category based on its popularity among fans.
Not only did Tuscaloosa rank No. 1 among small cities, it also finished No. 1 in the college football category and No. 31 overall among every city considered.
It's been a pretty successful year for the city and the future looks to be just as bright.