A New England University Ranked #1 For Sports Fans
We are two weeks into college football season, and already, it feels like fandom is at an all-time high. USA Today’s 10Best recently ranked the top 10 colleges for sports fans, and a school in New England ranked #1.
“For athletes and non-athletes alike, the college experience — with its mascots, marching bands, and longstanding traditions — often breeds lifelong loyalty in fans,” 10Best says.
Typically, colleges recognized in such a fashion are Division 1 schools with passionate sports draws. Their campus (or nearby) has its own massive stadium, and various sports programs bring in an extraordinary amount of revenue. Nowadays, with college athletes able to market themselves, star athletes are even more valuable to a college program.
Many schools that made 10Best’s ranking have key attributes in common. Their football programs draw fans from all over the country. In fact, it’s standard to see campers, RV’s, and tents out in their tailgating lots hours before the game starts. In addition, many of these schools have won a national championship within a major sporting program in the past ten years. Furthermore, they’ve sent countless athletes to the next level to play professionally.
In the states that do not have a professional team, major universities often get much attention and fandom. It’s a way of life.
UCONN Ranked #1
Coming off a thrilling 2023 NCAA Final Four championship in men’s basketball, the University of Connecticut is the New England school ranked #1 among colleges that are best for sports in America. In addition, the feature calls out the success of the women’s basketball program, saying, “The women’s basketball team at UConn has been one of the most successful teams in the nation, with 11 national championships.”
The UCONN football team takes on Georgia State this weekend. Their women’s soccer team will travel to New Haven to play Yale.