WORCESTER – A new report by data experts has ranked Worcester #269 of 366 among cities in America with baseball fan-friendliness.
At first glance, the ranking doesn’t seem to bode well for Worcester’s attempt to convince the Pawtucket Red Sox to relocate to the Heart of the Commonwealth, but – scrolling further down the list – Pawtucket is ranked even lower at #299.
Worcester’s apparent competition to bring the PawSox to the city remains to be Providence — who is nearly dead last on Wallethub’s list, coming in at #356.
Wallethub weighed their ranking by a number of factors including performance level of a cities professional and college baseball teams, average ticket price to a game, stadium accessibility and fan engagement.
In the report, Joel Wolfe, professor of History at UMass-Amherst, encouraged fans to embrace minor league baseball.
“The Hartford Yard Goats have a beautiful new stadium with very inexpensive seats (often only 10 percent of a seat at a Red Sox or Yankee game, 20 percent of the price at most). You’re close to the action and even the concessions and parking are cheaper…,” Wolfe said.
Read the full report here: 2017’s Best Baseball Cities