A new report from WalletHub named 2019's Best & Worst Cities for Basketball Fans.  I'll save you the search and tell you that Missoula was ranked 282 out of 291.

But I guess if you like to look at the glass as half full we have bragging rights over 9 other cities!

It's probably not really a surprise that we were ranked so low since we're not big enough for an NBA team and there isn't one a short enough distance away to attend games on a regular basis.  That and a handful of other metrics have Missoula near the bottom of the list.

In case you were wondering where we ranked in a few categories:

Basketball Fandom in Missoula (1=Best, 145=Avg.):

  • 55th – Performance Level of NCAA Div. 1 Basketball Team(s)
  • 135th – College Basketball Stadium Capacity
  • 153rd – College Basketball Fan Engagement

Missoula ranks 282nd overall and 150th among small cities.

If only they had factored in our love for the Garden City Shootout 3on3 Basketball Tournament!  The 25th annual event takes place June 15 & 16 and there is still time to register.