The Most Supportive Fans

The Most Supportive Fans

Which sports and teams have the most passionate fanbase?

Supporting a sports team is a key aspect of our identities, with fanbases providing a shared culture and community for their local area and beyond. Fanbases also give fans the ability to share the highs and lows of each season with each other. But which teams and sports have the most dedicated fanbase?  

The team at OLBG has taken a closer look at the data to find out, analyzing a number of factors including overall attendance, the average attendance per game, the average capacity attendance per game, the average ticket resale price, and the number of Instagram followers. 

The teams with the most passionate fans

Coming top of the ranking is Golden State Warriors fans, with the basketball team scoring 8.4 out of 10 in the supporter index. Warriors fans had the highest overall attendance percentage, at a whopping 104%. Dubs fans are also the keenest to keep up with the latest news from their team on social media with the Golden State Warriors having 21.7 million followers on Instagram, which is more than double second place and just over half the population of their home state.

Next up are New England Patriots supporters scoring 7.8 in the supporter index and making them the most passionate NFL fans. Patriots fans are willing to shell out $247 on the resale market for tickets to see their favorite team, more than six times the price of the cheapest tickets in the supporter index. This makes Patriots fans the most financially dedicated to supporting their team

In third are supporters of one of the most successful teams in the NBA, as Los Angeles Lakers fans have a supporter index score of 7.6. With ticket resale prices and percentage attendance both ranking in the top 10, these fans are amongst the most passionate in the supporter index. 

Rank Sport Team Total attendance over a season Average attendance per game % capacity per game Average ticket resale price Instagram followers Supportive Fan Score /10
2 Football New England Patriots 1,150,306 67,665 99 $247 4,500,000 7.8
5 Football Kansas City Chiefs 1,192,945 70,173 97 $198 2,200,000 7.5
28 Football Chicago Bears 1,079,841 63,520 97 $193 1,400,000 6.4
8 Football Green Bay Packers 1,187,232 69,837 95 $185 2,500,000 7.2
17 Football Philadelphia Eagles 1,177,614 69,271 93 $162 2,100,000 6.8
3 Basketball Los Angeles Lakers 1,552,178 18,929 100 $159 1,900,000 7.6
35 Football Los Angeles Chargers 1,153,356 67,844 95 $150 932,000 6.1
48 Hockey New York Rangers 1,423,766 17,363 96 $149 1,100,000 5.4
6 Football Dallas Cowboys 1,366,866 80,403 94 $148 3,900,000 7.5
12 Hockey Toronto Maple Leafs 1,515,114 18,477 100 $148 1,200,000 6.9
1 Basketball Golden State Warriors 1,573,826 19,193 104 $146 21,700,000 8.4
19 Basketball New York Knicks 1,499,288 18,284 95 $140 3,200,000 6.7
33 Football Minnesota Vikings 1,118,294 65,782 97 $137 1,100,000 6.2
10 Football Cleveland Browns 1,160,004 68,235 99 $136 1,300,000 7.1
14 Football Seattle Seahawks 1,141,021 67,118 96 $133 2,800,000 6.9
32 Hockey Vegas Golden Knights 1,468,374 17,907 101 $125 741,000 6.2
23 Football New York Giants 1,207,895 71,052 91 $123 2,200,000 6.6
20 Hockey Boston Bruins 1,500,026 18,293 98 $120 1,400,000 6.7
36 Hockey Washington Capitals 1,472,474 17,957 98 $118 912,000 6.1
75 Football Pittsburgh Steelers 1,103,916 64,936 93 $114 300,000 4.5
13 Football Denver Broncos 1,243,881 73,169 97 $111 1,300,000 6.9
37 Football New Orleans Saints 1,117,104 65,712 93 $111 1,800,000 5.9
61 Football Las Vegas Raiders 1,136,163 66,833 96 $106 200,000 4.9
3 Hockey Chicago Blackhawks 1,644,428 20,054 102 $103 1,500,000 7.6
22 Hockey Montreal Canadiens 1,573,170 19,185 97 $103 861,000 6.6
74 Hockey St. Louis Blues 1,427,210 17,405 94 $100 652,000 4.5
29 Baseball Boston Red Sox 2,895,575 32,870 82 $98 1,200,000 6.3
84 Hockey Colorado Avalanche 1,396,460 17,030 94 $98 554,000 4.2
30 Football San Francisco 49ers 1,109,442 65,261 96 $97 2,400,000 6.3
71 Football Detroit Lions 1,027,002 60,411 89 $96 821,000 4.5
59 Football Buffalo Bills 1,159,638 68,214 97 $93 100,000 5.1
11 Hockey Pittsburgh Penguins 1,537,582 18,751 99 $93 2,100,000 7.0
7 Basketball Boston Celtics 1,529,054 18,647 99 $93 5,900,000 7.4
38 Hockey Minnesota Wild 1,494,450 18,225 101 $92 502,000 5.8
16 Basketball Milwaukee Bucks 1,467,226 17,893 99 $90 4,200,000 6.8
26 Football Baltimore Ravens 1,141,157 67,126 98 $88 1,500,000 6.5
47 Football Houston Texans 1,114,558 65,562 94 $87 1,300,000 5.4
79 Hockey Winnipeg Jets 1,353,656 16,508 100 $85 438,000 4.4
25 Football Carolina Panthers 1,202,143 70,714 95 $84 1,800,000 6.5
42 Baseball Chicago Cubs 3,181,089 35,834 86 $83 460,000 5.7
18 Basketball Chicago Bulls 1,554,146 18,953 95 $82 7,600,000 6.8
69 Hockey San Jose Sharks 1,424,094 17,367 97 $82 538,000 4.6
46 Baseball Los Angeles Dodgers 3,857,500 40,226 81 $81 405,000 5.4
62 Hockey Nashville Predators 1,430,736 17,448 99 $80 441,000 4.8
44 Football Atlanta Falcons 1,173,908 69,053 93 $79 1,200,000 5.5
8 Basketball Toronto Raptors 1,560,624 19,032 98 $78 3,600,000 7.2
80 Hockey Vancouver Canucks 1,443,446 17,603 95 $78 551,000 4.4
40 Hockey Philadelphia Flyers 1,554,474 18,957 97 $77 680,000 5.7
50 Hockey Tampa Bay Lightning 1,484,692 18,106 97 $77 689,000 5.3
38 Baseball San Diego Padres 2,147,000 28,795 66 $75 1,500,000 5.8
48 Baseball San Francisco Giants 3,156,185 36,440 84 $74 467,000 5.4
50 Hockey Edmonton Oilers 1,464,438 17,859 98 $74 721,000 5.3
71 Hockey Dallas Stars 1,452,548 17,714 97 $74 514,000 4.5
114 Hockey Ottawa Senators 1,306,670 15,935 85 $74 334,000 2.5
43 Football Los Angeles Rams 1,153,356 67,844 95 $72 1,500,000 5.6
56 Football Tennessee Titans 1,137,282 66,898 96 $72 829,000 5.2
44 Football Miami Dolphins 1,110,828 65,342 98 $72 1,200,000 5.5
65 Football Arizona Cardinals 1,090,961 64,174 94 $72 1,100,000 4.7
57 Baseball Houston Astros 2,980,549 32,844 77 $72 613,000 5.2
59 Baseball Cleveland Guardians 1,926,701 25,092 60 $72 1,300,000 5.1
15 Basketball Miami Heat 1,550,456 18,908 98 $72 5,300,000 6.8
23 Basketball Portland Trail Blazers 1,537,746 18,753 98 $72 2,400,000 6.6
53 Hockey Detroit Red Wings 1,504,946 18,353 97 $72 819,000 5.3
85 Basketball Phoenix Suns 1,364,316 16,638 89 $72 2,400,000 4.2
101 Baseball Tampa Bay Rays 1,154,973 20,282 52 $69 1,300,000 3.5
115 Basketball Atlanta Hawks 1,357,674 16,557 88 $69 200,000 2.4
116 Hockey New York Islanders 1,220,078 14,879 87 $69 411,000 2.3
54 Football Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1,132,824 66,636 96 $68 1,300,000 5.2
31 Basketball Cleveland Cavaliers 1,516,180 18,490 96 $68 11,400,000 6.2
71 Hockey Los Angeles Kings 1,451,072 17,696 97 $68 659,000 4.5
78 Basketball Sacramento Kings 1,406,136 17,148 94 $68 1,700,000 4.4
109 Basketball Los Angeles Clippers 1,416,878 17,279 92 $65 400,000 3.0
66 Football New York Jets 1,173,183 69,010 91 $64 828,000 4.7
67 Baseball Toronto Blue Jays 2,325,281 27,109 60 $64 685,000 4.6
34 Basketball Houston Rockets 1,475,098 17,989 98 $62 5,400,000 6.2
113 Hockey New Jersey Devils 1,309,540 15,970 93 $62 389,000 2.5
41 Baseball Philadelphia Phillies 2,158,124 27,853 65 $61 2,800,000 5.7
111 Football Washington Commanders 1,081,052 63,591 80 $60 100,000 2.7
99 Baseball Baltimore Orioles 1,564,192 23,696 54 $60 418,000 3.6
106 Hockey Anaheim Ducks 1,396,870 17,035 97 $60 400,000 3.3
97 Basketball Minnesota Timberwolves 1,350,786 16,473 87 $60 2,300,000 3.6
26 Basketball Philadelphia 76ers 1,571,776 19,168 98 $59 3,200,000 6.5
20 Basketball Dallas Mavericks 1,561,526 19,043 100 $59 2,600,000 6.7
50 Basketball San Antonio Spurs 1,463,208 17,844 95 $59 3,800,000 5.3
68 Football Indianapolis Colts 1,081,420 63,612 97 $58 870,000 4.6
88 Football Cincinnati Bengals 1,056,115 62,124 92 $58 1,100,000 3.9
92 Basketball Washington Wizards 1,434,836 17,498 89 $58 1,400,000 3.9
101 Football Jacksonville Jaguars 1,070,491 62,970 92 $57 643,000 3.5
82 Baseball Oakland Athletics 1,573,616 24,058 61 $57 970,000 4.3
62 Basketball Denver Nuggets 1,472,884 17,962 94 $57 1,700,000 4.8
86 Baseball Arizona Diamondbacks 2,242,695 29,760 64 $56 442,000 4.1
119 Hockey Carolina Hurricanes 1,289,286 15,723 85 $56 409,000 1.9
100 Baseball Chicago White Sox 1,608,817 23,175 57 $55 455,000 3.5
118 Hockey Arizona Coyotes 1,293,222 15,771 89 $55 307,000 1.9
64 Baseball New York Yankees 3,482,855 36,880 81 $54 556,000 4.8
75 Baseball Los Angeles Angels 3,020,216 32,660 74 $54 545,000 4.5
95 Baseball Washington Nationals 2,529,604 29,861 71 $54 100,000 3.8
54 Baseball Atlanta Braves 2,555,781 29,689 71 $54 1,700,000 5.2
57 Baseball Minnesota Twins 1,959,197 25,761 64 $54 2,800,000 5.2
104 Hockey Calgary Flames 1,457,796 17,778 95 $54 410,000 3.4
91 Basketball Orlando Magic 1,444,020 17,610 93 $53 1,400,000 3.9
110 Hockey Buffalo Sabres 1,438,936 17,548 94 $53 409,000 2.9
117 Hockey Columbus Blue Jackets 1,386,292 16,906 93 $53 398,000 2.3
70 Baseball New York Mets 2,224,995 28,985 69 $51 993,000 4.6
83 Baseball Seattle Mariners 2,299,489 27,785 61 $51 807,000 4.3
94 Baseball Detroit Tigers 1,856,970 24,685 59 $50 680,000 3.8
96 Baseball Kansas City Royals 1,665,107 22,398 56 $49 806,000 3.7
81 Basketball Utah Jazz 1,468,702 17,911 96 $49 1,100,000 4.4
75 Baseball Milwaukee Brewers 2,850,875 32,098 76 $48 766,000 4.5
103 Baseball Cincinnati Reds 1,629,356 25,017 59 $48 546,000 3.5
120 Baseball Miami Marlins 811,104 19,347 48 $48 654,000 1.7
98 Basketball New Orleans Pelicans 1,380,470 16,835 93 $48 2,300,000 3.6
121 Hockey Florida Panthers 1,256,650 15,325 87 $48 291,000 1.4
107 Baseball Pittsburgh Pirates 1,465,316 25,155 62 $47 669,000 3.2
108 Basketball Detroit Pistons 1,406,546 17,153 86 $47 1,300,000 3.0
88 Baseball St. Louis Cardinals 3,403,587 35,646 83 $46 200,000 3.9
87 Baseball Colorado Rockies 3,015,880 34,402 72 $46 537,000 4.1
93 Basketball Indiana Pacers 1,424,914 17,377 93 $46 2,300,000 3.8
105 Basketball Charlotte Hornets 1,400,068 17,074 90 $46 1,900,000 3.3
90 Baseball Texas Rangers 2,107,107 26,241 57 $42 891,000 3.9
112 Basketball Memphis Grizzlies 1,361,528 16,604 90 $41 1,200,000 2.7

The sports with the most passionate fans

NFL fans take the title of the most passionate supporters of the sports analyzed, scoring 6.7 in the supporter index. Football supporters have the highest attendance per game with an average of 67,190 fans cheering from the stands, over double that of Baseball. The average resale value of football tickets across the league was also the highest with dedicated fans willing to pay $110 to see their favorite team play in person.  

Following in second is Basketball fans, scoring 5.3 in our supporter index. NBA supporters were the most likely to show support for their teams on social media, as NBA teams had an average of over 3.7 million followers on Instagram. 

Fans of America’s favorite pastime came third in the supporter index, with a score of 4. Major League Baseball had the highest total attendance over a season, with an average of 2,321,658 fans cheering on their chosen team. 

Rank Sport Average Total attendance Average attendance Average Percentage attendance Average ticket resale price Average Instagram Followers Supportive Fan Score /10
1 Football 1142244 67190 94.5 $110 1,472,594 6.7
2 Basketball 1464498 17860 94.4 $72 3,707,143 5.3
3 Hockey 1431371 17456 95.4 $84 688,065 4.0
3 League 2321658 28821 67.0 $59 875,500 4.0

The fans with the highest attendance over a season

Taking the top spot are Los Angeles Dodgers fans, with a total of over 3.8 million fans flocking to see the Dodgers play both home and away games according to the most recent season data available. The Dodgers have a large fanbase thanks to their historical ties to the entertainment industry and the team boasts many celebrity fans which brings in more casual fans of the sport. 

In second are New York Yankees supporters, with a total of 3,482,855 fans cheering from the sidelines. With 27 World Series titles under their belt, it's no wonder fans flock to see these titans of the sport face off against their competitors. 

Rounding out the top three are the fans of yet another baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals with 3,403,587 loyal fans attending their games over the season. Cardinals supporters have proved their loyalty to the team as the team has drawn more than 3 million fans over 16 consecutive seasons.   

The fans with the highest attendance per game

Dallas Cowboys supporters rank first for the highest attendance, with an average of more than 80,000 fans per game showing their support in person. Despite winning their last Super Bowl 25 years ago, fans remain loyal to the squad nicknamed America’s team, making them one of the most dedicated fan bases in football history. 

Taking second place are fans of the Denver Broncos, just under 7,000 fans per game behind The Cowboys with an average of 73,169 supporters filling the seats of Empower Field. It’s no wonder the fans are so dedicated as the Broncos are one of only five teams to win back-to-back Super Bowls. 

In third place are the supporters of The New York Giants, with an average attendance of 71,052 per game. Fans of one of the oldest teams in the NFL come in droves to see the team famous for defeating the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, twice. 

The fans with the highest percent attendance

Fans of the Golden State Warriors have the highest capacity percentage per game on the list, with 104%, the only basketball team in the top 5 for this factor. Golden State Warriors fans are so committed to seeing their team play in person that the team has sold out their 18,064 capacity an eye-watering 400 consecutive games, with the streak beginning in 2012. 

In second place are the first NHL supporters to grace the top three of the factors analyzed, Chicago Blackhawks fans, with the Blackhawks having an average attendance capacity percentage of 102% for their home and away games combined. Fans of the Blackhawks are so dedicated to seeing their team play, the team only recently ended its 535 game consecutive sellout streak last year, after 11 seasons.      

The second NHL fanbase on the list, fans of The Minnesota Wild take third place. Minnesota Wild fans are so dedicated games sell out the Xcel Energy Center to 101% of its capacity on average, which is over 20,554 seats each game. 

The fans willing to pay the most for tickets

New England Patriots fans are the most financially dedicated fans, with supporters willing to pay up to $247 for Patriots tickets. This is not surprising for a team that holds the joint record for the most Superbowl wins, making them one of the most dominant teams in the sport. 

Taking second are Kansas City Chiefs fans with fans willing to shell out just under $200 for a resale ticket to the Chiefs games. Chiefs supporters are some of the most vocal in their support in the NFL, setting the record for the loudest fans, twice.  

Chicago Bears Fans round out the top 3 paying $193 for a resale ticket. The Bears’ fans flock to Soldier Field thanks to the Bear’s reputation as having one of the most successful teams, by league title wins, with 19 wins and a Super Bowl victory under their belts. 

The most supportive fans on social media 

Taking the top spot for the most dedicated fans on social media are The Golden State Warriors with an immense 21.7 million on Instagram alone, making them the most followed sports team outside of Europe. Most of The Golden State Warriors fans on the platform are international, with Indian fans making up the most followers outside of the US. 

In second place for the most supportive fans on social media are Cleveland Cavaliers fans. The Cavs are the second NBA team on the list with 11.4 million Instagram followers, slightly less than half of the Warrior’s fanbase. 

Taking third are supporters of the Chicago Bulls, with 7.6 million followers on Instagram. Fans flock to the Bulls’ social media for the latest highlights, fixtures, and important updates from the team. 

Methodology

We analyzed each team from the NFL, NBA NHL, and MLB on the following five factors, giving a normalized score out of ten for each factor, before taking an average score across all five.


Total attendance over a season

The total number of fans attending fans that attended the games over the most recent full season according to ESPN

Average attendance per game

The average number of fans attending each game in the most recent full season for each sport, according to ESPN.

Capacity Percentage per game

The percentage of fans normally accommodated at each game measured against the venue capacity according to ESPN.

Average ticket resale price

The average price of a ticket on the secondary market, according to Seat Geek.

Instagram followers

The number of followers for each team as of March 4th, 2022.

Note: For MLB and NBA games, the 2018-19 season was used due to the reduced number of games played in the following seasons as a result of COVID restrictions. 







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