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Touchdown! Glendale, Ariz. ranks among top football towns in the nation

PHOENIX — Football is the most followed sport in the nation, and with Super Bowl 50 coming up, the personal finance site WalletHub released its report on 2016’s Best and Worst Cities for Football Fans.

The site analyzed 245 U.S. cities with at least one college or pro team based on 18 key metrics, ranging from average ticket prices and stadium accessibility to the number of championship games won.

So, how did we do?

It turns out that Glendale is a pretty sweet place to be a football fanatic.

Out of the 245 cities in question, Glendale ranked No. 15 in the nation. The home of the Cardinals came in at No. 43 in “Cost and Fan Engagement,” but really excelled in the “Teams and Performance” rank.

The study accounted for team’s records over the past three years, bumping Glendale up to No. 29 in the nation. (The Cardinals record was 34-14 over the last three seasons.)

According to the site, Glendale and Charlotte, North Carolina, tied in fourth for “Best Performing NFL Teams” over the last three seasons, though Panthers fans may disagree.

Tucson finished in the middle of the pack at No. 111, while Tempe and Flagstaff both ranked in the low 200’s.

So, who was the worst in the bunch? Surprise, surprise, Jacksonville, Florida.

The Jaguars’ 12-36 record over the last three seasons has them ranked as one of the worst pro teams.

On the bright side, y’all have access to the cheapest NFL tickets in the country.

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