The Bay Area might be playing host for the Super Bowl, but apparently it's not one of the best regions for football lovers to call home, according to a study published by Wallet Hub.
The study, which used metrics such as the prevalence of sports bars, die-hard fans and team performance to determine the “best football cities,” excluded Bay Area cities within its top 10 list.
Santa Clara County’s Stanford took the top spot among all cities in the Bay Area, sitting at number 20.
Meanwhile, San Francisco was docked for its high ticket prices and ended up in the 21st slot. In the study's cost analysis, the study looked at the average ticket price for an NFL game, accessibility of NFL stadiums and popularity.
“At a cost of $641, the San Francisco 49ers now have the highest estimated price in the NFL for a family of four to attend a game,” ESPN reported last year.
But the biggest blow, by far, was dealt to the Oakland Raiders
Sadly for fans, Oakland squeezed in at number 39, and the Raiders were rated among the “worst performing NFL teams.”
It gets worse after that. No other Bay Area city managed to crack the top 150. Ouch!
At least the Bay Area can claim to have a basketball team with national -- and presidential! -- adoration.