Oct. 8, 2009
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -West Coast Conference cities were among the best sports cities in America, according to the Sporting News' 16th annual Best Sports Cities list of cities and towns in the U.S. and Canada. All eight WCC markets were ranked in the top 110 best sports cities out of the 400 cites that were included in the survey.
Six of the eight WCC cites were ranked in the top 50. Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola Marymount University & Pepperdine University) headlined the list of WCC markets, checking in at No. 5, followed by San Jose, which included Palo Alto and Santa Clara (Santa Clara University), coming in at No. 24. San Diego, Calif. (University of San Diego) was selected at No. 31, narrowly edging Portland, Ore. (University of Portland), which was ranked No. 32. San Francisco, Calif. (University of San Francisco) rounds out the WCC schools in the top 50, checking in at No. 46.
Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga University) at No. 102 and Moraga, Calif. (Saint Mary's College) at No. 107 rounded out the city rankings for the homes of WCC schools. In addition, Las Vegas, where the WCC holds its men's and women's basketball championships at the Orleans Arena, was listed at No. 96.
The Sporting News' Best Sports Cities list of cities and towns in the U.S. and Canada, was created using a system that assigns points to a variety of categories, including a city's number of teams, their regular-season won-lost records, playoff berths, bowl appearances and tournament bids, championships, applicable power ratings, fan fervor, attendance and more.
For the complete Sporting News Best Sports Cities list, click here.