Philadelphia Ranked As One Of The Best Cities For Hockey Fans
With October right around the corner, the Flyers have officially started their season training camp at the Flyers Training Center in Voorhees, New Jersey. We are just over two weeks away from their first game of the season vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets. But how does Philly compare to other cities for hockey fans?
WalletHub published their 2023 best cities for hockey fans, and Philadelphia finished among the best. “We ranked 75 U.S. cities based on 21 key indicators of a good hockey city,” WalletHub explained. Within those categories examined, their data focuses on everything from ticket prices to team performances in the NHL and NCAA.
Philadelphia Ranked as #2
Before we look at what made Philadelphia one of the best cities for hockey fans, let’s identify some of the other factors to consider here. To start, even youth hockey has already started in Pennsylvania. In fact, in some regions, the kids start hockey before the NHL season begins. This is relevant because it emphasizes how the sport is arguably promoted to up-and-coming players for a longer period of time throughout the year than any other sport.
Then, there are the benefits to the northeast winter conditions. In addition to rinks, there are frozen ponds and public spaces for players to jump on and practice their skating skills.
Philadelphia’s Total Hockey Score
Overall, Philadelphia finished with a score of 56.09 in WalletHub’s analysis. This edged out Detroit (#3) by a significant margin (Boston finished first). In addition to the Flyers, Michigan is well-represented in the NCAA rinks. Penn State University, Robert Morris University, and Mercyhurst University all have solid division one programs.
Finally, the NHL Winter Classic was also held at Citizens Bank Park in 2012. It was the second time the Flyers appeared in this big game.
For the 2023-2024 season, the Flyers are calling it a “new era of orange.” After two games on the road to start the season, the Flyers will have their home opener on Tuesday, October 17 vs. the Vancouver Canucks. This will be the first official chance for hockey fans in the region to show why Philadelphia is one of the best cities for hockey in the country.