CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sporting News' Best Sports Cities rankings are out and Lexington comes in at No. 64 on the 15th annual list. Boston, a city on a remarkable sports run, is No. 1 for the third time in five years.
"When you're talking Lexington, you're talking about the Wildcats, and Lexington fans support them, win or lose. And it's been mostly win over the past 12 months," said Sporting News Chief of Correspondents Bob Hille, who has coordinated the rankings since their expansion 12 years ago. "It's still a great atmosphere at UK, which is what we're looking for in our best sports cities."
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This year's list features 400 cities and towns in the United States and Canada, ranked based on a variety of factors, including each city's number of teams and their regular-season won-lost records, playoff berths, bowl appearances and tournament bids, championships, power ratings, competition, fan fervor, attendance, stadium/arena quality, ticket prices/availability, franchise ownership and marquee appeal of athletes.
"When the teams in your city are doing well, you feel good about where you live, not just as a sports fan but as a citizen," said Hille. "That's what we try to tap into with this list, especially at the top of it. We want to celebrate what's unique about so many great sports cities in the U.S. and Canada."
A full list of cities can be found at www.sportingnews.com.