Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cities & Metropolitan Areas Hosting Finals, 1903-2014


This list counts the World Series (1903-2014), pre-title game NFL Championships (1920-31), the old NFL Championship Game (1932-65), the Super Bowl (1966-2013 seasons, 1967-2014 calendar years, counting both participants and neutral-site hostings), the NBA Finals (1947-2014), and the Stanley Cup Finals in the post-"challenge cup" era (1912-2014).

It does not include pretenders to major league status like the CFL, the various AFLs, the AAFC, the WFL, the USFL, the XFL, the ABA or the WHA. Nor does it include the WNBA or any North American soccer league. Nor does it include college events like annual bowl games or the NCAA basketball Final Four.

Ties broken by most recent appearance.

1. New York (including New Jersey and Long Island), 119: 65 World Series, 1 pre-NFL Championship Game title, 22 NFL Championship game appearances (including 5 Super Bowls played in, 1 hosted, and the 1936 NFL Championship Game as a neutral-site host), 21 Stanley Cup Finals, 10 NBA Finals

2. Boston (including Foxboro and Providence), 58: 21 NBA Finals, 19 Stanley Cup Finals, 14 World Series, 1 pre-NFL Championship Game title, 3 Super Bowls

3. Los Angeles (including Anaheim and Inglewood), 52: 24 NBA Finals, 10 World Series, 6 NFL Championship Game appearances (including 2 Super Bowls), 7 Super Bowls hosted, 5 Stanley Cup Finals

4. Chicago, 48: 15 World Series, 1 pre-NFL Championship Game title, 13 NFL Championship game appearances (including 2 Super Bowls), 12 Stanley Cup Finals, 7 NBA Finals

5. Detroit (including Pontiac and Auburn Hills), 46: 23 Stanley Cup Finals, 11 World Series, 5 NFL Championship Game appearances, 2 Super Bowls hosted, 5 NBA Finals

6. Philadelphia, 39: 15 World Series, 9 NBA Finals, 8 Stanley Cup Finals, 1 pre-NFL Championship Game title, 6 NFL Championship Game appearances (including 2 Super Bowls)

7. Montreal, 34: 34 Stanley Cup Finals

8. St. Louis, 30: 21 World Series, 4 NBA Finals, 3 Stanley Cup Finals, 2 Super Bowl appearances

9. San Francisco (including Oakland, San Jose, Daly City and now Santa Clara), 29: 15 World Series, 10 Super Bowl appearances, 1 Super Bowl hosted, 3 NBA Finals

10. Miami (including the Fort Lauderdale region), 24: 5 NBA Finals, 5 Super Bowl appearances, 10 Super Bowls hosted, 2 World Series, 1 Stanley Cup Finals

11. Milwaukee (including Green Bay), 21: 3 pre-NFL Championship Game titles, 13 NFL Championship Games (including 5 Super Bowls), 3 World Series, 2 NBA Finals

12. Toronto, 20: 18 Stanley Cup Finals, 2 World Series

13. Pittsburgh, 19: 8 Super Bowl appearances, 7 World Series, 4 Stanley Cup Finals

14. Cleveland (including Richfield), 19: 4 pre-NFL Championship Game titles, 9 NFL Championship Games, 5 World Series, 1 NBA Finals

15. Washington (including Landover), 18: 10 NFL Championship Game appearances (including 5 Super Bowls), 4 NBA Finals, 3 World Series, 1 Stanley Cup Finals

16. Minneapolis (including St. Paul and Bloomington), 16: 6 NBA Finals, 4 Super Bowl appearances, 1 Super Bowl hosted, 3 World Series, 2 Stanley Cup Finals

17. Baltimore, 15: 7 NFL Championship Game appearances (including 4 Super Bowls), 6 World Series, 2 NBA Finals

18. Dallas (including Irving and Arlington), 15: 8 Super Bowl appearances, 1 Super Bowl hosted, 2 World Series, 2 NBA Finals, 2 Stanley Cup Finals

19. Cincinnati, 12: 9 World Series, 3 NFL Championship Game appearances (including 2 Super Bowls)

20. New Orleans, 11: 1 Super Bowl appearance, 10 Super Bowls hosted

21. Denver, 10: 7 Super Bowl appearances, 2 Stanley Cup Finals, 1 World Series

22. Buffalo (including Rochester and Syracuse), 10: 4 Super Bowls, 4 NBA Finals, 2 Stanley Cup Finals

23. Seattle, 8: 3 NBA Finals, 3 Stanley Cup Finals, 2 Super Bowl appearances

24. Edmonton, 8: 8 Stanley Cup Finals

25. Atlanta, 8: 5 World Series, 1 Super Bowl appearance, 2 Super Bowls hosted

26. Vancouver, 7: 7 Stanley Cup Finals

27. Tampa Bay, 7: 4 Super Bowls hosted, 1 Super Bowl appearance, 1 World Series, 1 Stanley Cup Finals

28. Houston, 7: 4 NBA Finals, 2 Super Bowls hosted, 1 World Series

29. San Antonio, 6: 6 NBA Finals

30. Indianapolis (including Fort Wayne), 6: 3 NBA Finals, 2 Super Bowl appearances, 1 Super Bowl hosted

31. Ottawa, 6: 6 Stanley Cup Finals

32. Kansas City, 5: 3 World Series, 2 Super Bowl appearances

33. Phoenix (including Glendale), 5: 2 NBA Finals, 1 World Series, 1 Super Bowl appearance, 1 Super Bowl hosted

34. San Diego, 5: 3 Super Bowls hosted, 2 World Series

35. Calgary, 4: 4 Stanley Cup Finals

36. Portland, 4: 3 NBA Finals, 1 Stanley Cup Finals

37. Carolina (including Charlotte and Raleigh), 3: 2 Stanley Cup Finals, 1 Super Bowl appearance

38. Victoria, 3: 3 Stanley Cup Finals

39. Orlando, 2: 2 NBA Finals

40. Salt Lake City, 2: 2 NBA Finals

41. Quebec City, 2: 2 Stanley Cup Finals

42. Oklahoma City, 1: 1 NBA Finals

43. Tennessee (including Nashville and Memphis), 1: 1 Super Bowl appearance

44. Jacksonville, 1: 1 Super Bowl hosted

45. Winnipeg, none: Last title was the 1902 Stanley Cup

46. Columbus, none

47. Sacramento, none

No, you can't combine Baltimore and Washington. Nor can you combine Tampa Bay and Orlando. I did accept combining Boston and Providence, and I would have accepted combining Boston and Hartford had the Whalers reached the Stanley Cup Final while they were there. While Memphis and Nashville are rival cities, each of the teams in Tennessee more or less represents the entire State. Same with Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina. But the Orlando Magic have never pretended to represent Central Florida as a whole, and as far as I know there's no active partnership between them and any of the Tampa Bay teams, not even at a charity level.

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Now, these ranking may seem unfair to some of you, as some of these cities are small, some are large, and some are huge; thus, some have more teams than others. Fine, I'll use a metropolitan area population coefficient, and show their "true" rankings. To make it simpler, I'll use the U.S. cities only, as Canada (aside from its big 3 of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver) isn't all that big in the "suburbs" department.

Column 1: City/Metro Area; Column 2: Finals appearances; Column 3: Metro area population in millions; Column 4: Ratio.

Areas in bold currently have teams in at least 3 of the 4 major sports.


1. St. Louis302.910.34
2. New Orleans111.29.17
3. Milwaukee212.39.13
4. Detroit465.38.68
5. Boston587.67.63
6. Pittsburgh192.77.04
7. Baltimore152.75.56
8. Philadelphia397.15.49
9. Cincinnati122.25.45
10. Cleveland193.55.43
11. New York11923.35.11
12. Chicago489.55.05
13. Minneapolis163.44.71
14. Miami245.64.29
15. San Francisco298.43.45
16. Buffalo103.03.33
17. Denver103.23.13
18. Washington185.93.05
19. San Antonio62.22.73
20. Tampa Bay72.82.50
21. Los Angeles5222.62.30
22. Seattle83.62.22
23. Indianapolis62.72.22
24. Dallas156.82.21
25. Kansas City52.42.08
26. Portland42.31.74
27. San Diego53.21.56
28. Atlanta86.11.31
29. Phoenix54.31.16
30. Houston76.21.13
31. Salt Lake City22.40.83
32. Jacksonville11.30.77
33. Oklahoma City11.30.77
34. Carolina34.30.70
35. Orlando23.00.67
36. Tennessee12.90.34
37. Columbus02.30.00
38. Sacramento02.60.00

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