CNY College Hoops Heaven: It’s Not Syracuse
The Syracuse Orange have danced among college basketball's elite for most of Jim Boeheim's adult life. As a player, he and Dave Bing helped put Syracuse on the map. As a coach, Boeheim has built a top-notch program to compete with the best in North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky.
Fans have followed, packing the Carrier Dome to the rafters to cheer on their Orange. As a result, Syracuse ranks 39th overall (out of 289 cities) on WalletHub's list of 2018's Best College Basketball Cities. But, there's another Central New York town that ranks #1 out of all those cities for lowest college basketball ticket prices.
Fans also flock to Hamilton, home of the Colgate Red Raiders, and Cotterell Court, capacity 1,750. Colgate season tickets start at $45, which is 24.4 times less than a season of hoops in Lexington, where the University of Kentucky's Rupp Arena holds 23,000 and charges $1,100.
WalletHub's annual study takes into account the winning percentages of each town's college team(s), stadium seating capacities, and fan social-media engagement. The worst college basketball town is New Britain, Connecticut, home of "those other Blue Devils" from Central Connecticut State University.