Best City for Sports (2014)


In our Readers' Choice contest for Best Sports City, Detroit came out of gate strong and fans of the Lions, Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons - as well as IndyCar followers - stayed competitive.  It paid off: Detroit has taken the title as Best Sports City in the USA.  

With its plethora of pro teams, and a dazzling IndyCar race at Belle Isle, Motor City offers sports teams a year-round calendar of reasons to visit the city.  

  • Detroit


    The Motor City lives up to its name with its annual IndyCar race at Belle Isle: a two-day event every year, in the early summer. On top of that, fans have all the classics with the Lions, Tigers, Red Wings, and Pistons all hosting top-notch action throughout the year.
    Photo courtesy of Vito Palmissano

  • Indianapolis


    The "greatest spectacle in racing" has called Indianapolis home for the last century, and with over a quarter million people filling the stands on Indy 500 race day, that alone could make it a nominee. But the NFL and NBA also have big-name teams in the area, each with championships to their name.
    Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

  • Dallas/Ft. Worth

    Dallas/Ft. Worth

    Of course the host city of "America’s Team," the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, had to make the cut.  In addition to the Cowboys, Dallas also has the Stars, Mavericks, and Rangers on deck, all of which are teams with massive fan bases. Beyond stick and ball sports, Texas Motor Speedway hosts three NASCAR race weekends as well as an IndyCar event.
    Photo courtesy of Paul Hoch

  • Chicago


    Chicago - a monolithic sports city - is firmly set in the old guard of American sports lore. With the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, MLS, and even NASCAR making stops in the Windy City throughout the year, there's always something going. Chicago was even the host of a number of matches during the 1994 World Cup, when the US hosted the event.
    Photo courtesy of City of Chicago

  • Green Bay, Wis.

    Green Bay, Wis.

    The only public-owned team in the NFL, Green Bay has the most Super Bowl wins of any team, and its stadium is one of the most hallowed pieces of turf in American football. But in addition to the Packers, Lambeau Field has also hosted collegiate football and hockey matches in the past and the Wisconsin Badgers and LSU Tigers will meet on the frozen tundra in 2016.
    Photo courtesy of Paul Kehrer

  • Boston


    Boston is the host of some of the most dominating sports franchises of all time, Among the heavy hitters are the NFL’s Patriots, the NBA’s Celtics, and the NHL’s Bruins. But perhaps the city's best known team is the Red Sox.  When their arch rivals, the New York Yankees, visit Fenway Park, all 37,000 seats are occupied by the time the first pitch is thrown.
    Photo courtesy of Christine Zenino

  • Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Ann Arbor is home to the largest football stadium in the world, aptly dubbed “The Big House”, and it has a lot more than just college football on its menu. Manchester United and Real Madrid drew in a crowd of over 100,000 for a midsummer pre-season soccer match this year.  Outdoor hockey matches for college leagues and the NHL also pull in similar numbers.
    Photo courtesy of Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

  • Pittsburgh


    Pittsburgh's Steelers and Penguins typically show top-notch aggression on the gridiron and ice respectively, and rarely is a game at either team’s venue not a spectacle to behold. Even if you’re not a fan, attending one of these games will have you joining in the shouting and chanting.
    Photo courtesy of VisitPittsburgh/John Secoges

  • New Orleans

    New Orleans

    The Big Easy certainly doesn’t take it easy in the sports category. With the Saints and Pelicans heading up the city's sports rosters, you can bet that the stands and parking lots will be packed with the most colorful assortment of fans and die-hards anywhere in the world.
    Photo courtesy of Loco Steve

  • Oakland, Calif.

    Oakland, Calif.

    Oakland has one of the most dedicated NFL fan bases in the country, so much so that a section of Oakland Coliseum consisting of fans decked out in black and silver Raiders costumes is known as the “Black Hole."  Oakland also has the Golden State Warriors of the NBA, and the nine-time world series winning Athletics, of MLB fame.
    Photo courtesy of JulioM/Visit Oakland

The winners of 'Best City for Sports' category in our USA TODAY 10Best Readers. Choice contest are as follows:

  1. Detroit
  2. Indianapolis
  3. Dallas/Ft. Worth
  4. Chicago
  5. Green Bay, Wis.
  6. Boston
  7. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  8. Pittsburgh
  9. New Orleans
  10. Oakland, Calif.

Congrats to all our winners!  These cities make an excellent bucket list for sports fans.  The hardest part will be deciding when to go!  

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