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Rank Market Score Current team(s) Team(s) lost New/renovated venue(s)
1 Toledo, Ohio 100.00 IL Toledo Mud Hens, ECHL Toledo Walleye   1
2 Rochester, N.Y. 97.98 IL Rochester Red Wings, AHL Rochester Americans, MISL Rochester Lancers, USL Pro Rochester Rhinos IFL Rochester Raiders  
3 Hershey-Harrisburg, Pa. 91.29 EL Harrisburg Senators, AHL Hershey Bears, AIF Harrisburg Stampede, PASL Harrisburg Heat, USL Pro Harrisburg City Islanders   1
4 San Bernardino County, Calif. 77.38 CAL Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, CAL Inland Empire 66ers, CAL High Desert Mavericks, ECHL Ontario Reign   1
5 Springfield, Mass. 75.15 AHL Springfield Falcons, NBA D-League Springfield Armor    
6 Syracuse, N.Y. 74.22 IL Syracuse Chiefs, AHL Syracuse Crunch, MISL Syracuse Silver Knights    
7 Fort Wayne, Ind. 70.22 MWL Fort Wayne TinCaps, ECHL Fort Wayne Komets, NBA D-League Fort Wayne Mad Ants CIFL Fort Wayne Firehawks 1
8 Des Moines, Iowa 68.86 PCL Iowa Cubs, NBA D-League Iowa Energy, AFL Iowa Barnstormers   1
9 Spokane, Wash. 66.42 NWL Spokane Indians, AFL Spokane Shock   2
10 Sioux Falls, S.D. 66.04 AA Sioux Falls Canaries, NBA D-League Sioux Falls Skyforce, IFL Sioux Falls Storm   1
11 Charleston, S.C. 64.32 SAL Charleston River Dogs, ECHL South Carolina Stingrays, USL Pro Charleston Battery   1
12 Providence-Pawtucket, R.I. 63.97 IL Pawtucket Red Sox, AHL Providence Bruins   1
13 Portland, Maine 62.87 EL Portland Sea Dogs, AHL Portland Pirates, NBA D-League Maine Red Claws    
14 Modesto, Calif. 62.15 CAL Modesto Nuts, PASL Turlock Express    
15 Appleton, Wis. 61.83 MWL Wisconsin Timber Rattlers    
16 Knoxville-Kodak, Tenn. 61.32 SL Tennessee Smokies, SPHL Knoxville IceBears, PIFL Knoxville NightHawks    
17 Erie, Pa. 60.61 EL Erie SeaWolves, NBA D-League Erie BayHawks, CIFL Erie Explosion   1
18 Clinton, Iowa 60.09 MWL Clinton Lumber Kings    
19 Idaho Falls, Idaho 60.07 PL Idaho Falls Chukars    
20 Tacoma, Wash. 59.20 PCL Tacoma Rainiers, PASL Tacoma Stars   1
21 Cedar Rapids, Iowa 58.14 MWL Cedar Rapids Kernels, IFL Cedar Rapids Titans   1
22 Winston-Salem, N.C. 58.02 CAR Winston-Salem Dash   1
23 Binghamton, N.Y. 57.79 EL Binghamton Mets, AHL Binghamton Senators    
24 Asheville, N.C. 57.11 SAL Asheville Tourists 1
25 Bakersfield, Calif. 57.08 ECHL Bakersfield Condors, CAL Bakersfield Blaze, NBA D-League Bakersfield Jam    
26 Auburn, N.Y. 56.61 NYPL Auburn Doubledays  
27 Roanoke-Salem, Va. 55.61 CAR Salem Red Sox    
28 Lynchburg, Va. 54.91 CAR Lynchburg Hillcats    
29 Lakeland, Fla. 54.68 FSL Lakeland Flying Tigers, UIFL Lakeland Raiders    
30 Midland, Texas 54.38 TL Midland RockHounds    
31 Clearwater-Dunedin, Fla. 54.34 FSL Clearwater Threshers, FSL Dunedin Blue Jays    
32 Dayton, Ohio 53.73 MWL Dayton Dragons, FHL Dayton Demonz, USL Pro Dayton Dutch Lions, CIFL Dayton Sharks   1
33 Visalia, Calif. 53.66 CAL Visalia Rawhide   1
34 Reading, Pa. 53.29 EL Reading Fightin Phils, ECHL Reading Royals IFL Reading Express  
35 Johnson City, Tenn. 53.02 APP Johnson City Cardinals    
36 Grand Rapids-Comstock, Mich. 52.60 MWL West Michigan Whitecaps, AHL Grand Rapids Griffins    
37 Durham, N.C. 52.39 IL Durham Bulls, NASL Carolina RailHawks    
38 Hartford-New Britain, Conn. 52.16 EL New Britain Rock Cats, AHL Hartford Wolf Pack    
39 Batavia, N.Y. 51.85 NYPL Batavia Muckdogs    
40 Richmond, Va. 51.28 EL Richmond Flying Squirrels, USL Pro Richmond Kickers, PIFL Richmond Raiders SPHL Richmond Renegades, IFL Richmond Revolution  
41 Bluefield-Princeton, W.Va. 50.85 APP Bluefield Blue Jays, APP Princeton Rays    
42 Pearl, Miss. 50.75 SL Mississippi Braves    
43 Huntsville, Ala. 50.31 SL Huntsville Stars, SPHL Huntsville Havoc, PIFL Alabama Hammers    
44 Las Vegas 50.23 PCL Las Vegas 51s, ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers, PASL Las Vegas Legends   1
45 Savannah, Ga. 49.03 SAL Savannah Sand Gnats    
46 Elizabethton, Tenn. 48.86 APP Elizabethton Twins 1
47 Casper, Wyo. 48.64 PL Grand Junction Rockies, IFL Wyoming Cavalry    
48 Davenport, Iowa-Moline, Ill. 48.59 MWL Quad City River Bandits, CHL Quad City Mallards AF2 Quad City Steamwheelers  
49 Burlington, Iowa 48.40 MWL Burlington Bees    
50 Bridgeport-Danbury, Conn. 48.31 AL Bridgeport Bluefish, AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers, FHL Danbury Whalers   1
Rank Market Score Current team(s) Team(s) lost New/renovated venue(s)
51 Pensacola, Fla. 48.03 SL Pensacola Blue Wahoos, SPHL Pensacola Ice Flyers    
52 Salisbury, Md. 47.95 SAL Delmarva Shorebirds    
53 Tucson, Ariz. 47.80 PCL Tucson Padres    
54 Wichita, Kan. 47.52 AA Wichita Wingnuts, CHL Wichita Thunder, CPIFL Wichita Wild MISL Wichita Wings 3
55 Peoria, Ill. 47.45 MWL Peoria Chiefs, SPHL Peoria Rivermen AF2 Peoria Pirates  
56t Chattanooga, Tenn. 47.32 SL Chattanooga Lookouts    
56t Eugene, Ore. 47.32 NWL Eugene Emeralds   1
58 Great Falls, Mont. 47.22 PL Great Falls Voyagers   1
59 Marion, Ill. 46.74 FL Southern Illinois Miners    
60 Bristol, Va. 46.47 APP Bristol White Sox    
61 Midland, Mich. 45.40 MWL Great Lakes Loons    
62 Greensboro, N.C. 45.12 SAL Greensboro Grasshoppers    
63 Jamestown, N.Y. 44.96 NYPL Jamestown Jammers    
64 Bloomington-Normal, Ill. 44.80 FL Normal CornBelters, SPHL Bloomington Blaze, IFL Bloomington Edge   1
65 Lehigh Valley, Pa. 44.73 IL Lehigh Valley IronPigs, PIFL Lehigh Valley Steelhawks   1
66 Altoona, Pa. 44.64 EL Altoona Curve  
67 Kingsport, Tenn. 44.35 APP Kingsport Mets    
68 Rapid City, S.D. 43.77 CHL Rapid City Rush    
69 Greenville, S.C. 43.69 SAL Greenville Drive, ECHL Greenville Road Warriors AIF South Carolina Force  
70 West Valley City, Utah 43.31 ECHL Utah Grizzlies    
71 Bowling Green, Ky. 43.29 MWL Bowling Green Hot Rods   1
72 Omaha, Neb. 42.86 PCL Omaha Storm Chasers, CPIFL Omaha Beef MISL Omaha Vipers 2
73 Tri-Cities Wash. 42.68 NWL Tri-City Dust Devils, IFL Tri-Cities Fever    
74 Hagerstown, Md. 42.64 SAL Hagerstown Suns    
75 South Bend, Ind. 42.07 MWL South Bend Silver Hawks   1
76 Norfolk, Va. 41.75 IL Norfolk Tides, AHL Norfolk Admirals MISL Norfolk Sharx  
77 Charleston, W.Va. 41.65 SAL West Virginia Power    
78 Glens Falls, N.Y. 41.40 AHL Adirondack Phantoms    
79 Rome, Ga. 41.32 SAL Rome Braves  
80 Fargo, N.D. 41.18 AA Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks    
81 Wappingers Falls, N.Y. 41.12 NYPL Hudson Valley Renegades    
82 Woodbridge, Va. 41.05 CAR Potomac Nationals    
83 Colorado Springs, Colo. 40.65 PCL Colorado Springs Sky Sox    
84 Burlington, N.C. 40.52 APP Burlington Royals    
85 Lansing, Mich. 40.41 MWL Lansing Lugnuts    
86 Independence, Mo. 40.22 CHL Missouri Mavericks, MISL Missouri Comets   1
87 Beloit, Wis. 39.68 MWL Beloit Snappers    
88 Birmingham, Ala. 39.67 SL Birmingham Barons   1
89 Loveland, Colo. 39.64 ECHL Colorado Eagles, IFL Colorado Ice    
90 Traverse City, Mich. 39.03 FL Traverse City Beach Bums    
91 Lincoln, Neb. 38.79 AA Lincoln Saltdogs, CPIFL Lincoln Haymakers   1
92 Troy, N.Y. 38.75 NYPL Tri-City ValleyCats    
93 Frederick, Md. 38.70 CAR Frederick Keys    
94 Jackson, Tenn. 38.60 SL Jackson Generals    
95 Burlington, Vt. 38.56 NYPL Vermont Lake Monsters   1
96 Bridgewater, N.J. 38.55 AL Somerset Patriots    
97 York, Pa. 38.21 AL York Revolution, AIF York Capitals    
98 Aberdeen, Md. 38.20 NYPL Aberdeen IronBirds    
99 Elmira, N.Y. 37.92 ECHL Elmira Jackals    
100 Myrtle Beach, S.C. 37.74 CAR Myrtle Beach Pelicans    
Rank Market Score Current team(s) Team(s) lost New/renovated venue(s)
101 Missoula, Mont. 37.53 PL Missoula Osprey    
102 Wilmington, Del. 37.41 CAR Wilmington Blue Rocks    
103 Port St. Lucie, Fla. 37.36 FSL St. Lucie Mets    
104 Palm Beach County, Fla. 37.33 FSL Jupiter Hammerheads, FSL Palm Beach Cardinals    
105 Daytona Beach, Fla. 37.23 FSL Daytona Cubs   1
106 Allen, Texas 37.14 CHL Allen Americans, IFL Texas Revolution, PASL Dallas Sidekicks   1
107 Albany, N.Y. 37.12 AHL Albany Devils    
108t Fayetteville, N.C. 37.00 SPHL Fayetteville FireAntz, AIF Cape Fear Heroes    
108t Willamsport, Pa. 37.00 NYPL Williamsport Crosscutters    
110 Lakewood, N.J. 36.64 SAL Lakewood BlueClaws    
111 Metairie, La. 36.50 PCL New Orleans Zephyrs    
112 Geneva, Ill. 36.40 MWL Kane County Cougars   1
113 Hickory, N.C. 36.11 SAL Hickory Crawdads    
114 Melbourne, Fla. 35.82 FSL Brevard County Manatees    
115 Southaven, Miss. 35.48 SPHL Mississippi RiverKings    
116 Boise, Idaho 35.20 ECHL Idaho Steelheads, NWL Boise Hawks, NBA D-League Idaho Stampede AF2 Boise Burn  
117 Montgomery, Ala. 35.12 SL Montgomery Biscuits    
118 Springfield, Mo. 35.05 TL Springfield Cardinals    
119 Springdale, Ark. 35.02 TL Northwest Arkansas Naturals   1
120 Wilmington, N.C. 34.91 USL Pro Wilmington Hammerheads    
121 Lancaster, Pa. 34.87 AL Lancaster Barnstormers    
122 Florence, Ky. 34.74 FL Florence Freedom    
123 Gwinnett-Duluth, Ga. 34.67 IL Gwinnett Braves, ECHL Gwinnett Gladiators AFL Georgia Force 1
124 Keizer, Ore. 34.67 NWL Salem-Keizer Volcanoes    
125 Pulaski, Va. 34.52 APP Pulaski Mariners    
126 Sauget, Ill. 34.45 FL Gateway Grizzlies    
127 Eastlake, Ohio 34.28 MWL Lake County Captains    
128 Staten Island, N.Y. 34.17 NYPL Staten Island Yankees    
129 Billings, Mont. 34.14 PL Billings Mustangs IFL Billings Outlaws 1
130 Lancaster, Calif. 34.13 CAL Lancaster JetHawks    
131 Danville, Va. 33.97 APP Danville Braves    
132 Lake Elsinore, Calif. 33.94 CAL Lake Elsinore Storm    
133 State College, Pa. 33.82 NYPL State College Spikes    
134 Helena, Mont. 33.64 PL Helena Brewers   1
135 Camden, N.J. 33.55 AL Camden Riversharks    
136 Reno, Nev. 33.50 PCL Reno Aces, NBA D-League Reno Bighorns   1
137 Washington, Pa. 33.41 FL Washington Wild Things    
138 Evansville, Ind. 33.40 FL Evansville Otters, ECHL Evansville IceMen CIFL Evansville Rage 1
139 West Sacramento, Calif. 33.34 PCL Sacramento River Cats    
140 Greeneville, Tenn. 32.99 APP Greeneville Astros    
141 Akron, Ohio 32.70 EL Akron Aeros    
142t Little Falls, N.J. 32.40 C-A New Jersey Jackals    
142t Waldorf, Md. 32.40 AL Southern Maryland Blue Crabs    
144 Kalamazoo, Mich. 32.34 ECHL Kalamazoo Wings FL Kalamazoo Kings  
145 Gary, Ind. 32.14 AA Gary SouthShore RailCats    
146 Crestwood, Ill. 31.17 FL Windy City Thunderbolts    
147 North Little Rock, Ark. 31.00 TL Arkansas Travelers AF2 Arkansas Diamonds  
148 El Paso, Texas 30.52 AA El Paso Diablos IFL El Paso Generals  
149 Joliet, Ill. 30.20 FL Joliet Slammers    
150t Pomona, N.Y. 29.81 C-A Rockland Boulders   1
Rank Market Score Current team(s) Team(s) lost New/renovated venue(s)
150t Lake Charles, La. 29.81 PIFL Louisiana Swashbucklers    
152 Austin-Round Rock, Texas 29.72 AHL Texas Stars, NBA D-League Austin Toros, PCL Round Rock Express IFL Austin Turfcats 1
153 Fort Myers-Estero, Fla. 29.65 FSL Fort Myers Miracle , ECHL Florida Everblades, UIFL Florida Tarpons AF2 Florida Firecats  
154 Trenton, N.J. 29.63 EL Trenton Thunder, ECHL Trenton Devils SIFL Trenton Steel  
155 Avon, Ohio 29.26 FL Lake Erie Crushers   1
156 Amarillo, Texas 29.15 AA Amarillo Sox, LSFL Amarillo Venom CHL Amarillo Gorillas  
157 Louisville, Ky. 28.29 IL Louisville Bats, CIFL Kentucky Xtreme
PASL Louisville Lightning
1
158 Danville, Ill. 27.74 FHL Danville Dashers    
159 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 27.60 IL Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AF2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers 1
160 Augusta, Ga. 26.65 SAL Augusta Greenjackets SPHL Augusta RiverHawks  
161 Watertown, N.Y. 26.54 FHL 1000 Islands Privateers    
162 Saginaw, Mich. 26.41 CIFL Saginaw    
163 Grand Island, Neb. 26.22 IFL Nebraska Danger    
164 Biloxi, Miss. 25.01 SPHL Mississippi Surge    
165t Bradenton, Fla 24.74 FSL Bradenton Marauders    
165t Norwich-West Haven, Conn. 24.74 NYPL Connecticut Defenders    
167 Schaumburg, Ill. 24.10 FL Schaumburg Boomers    
168 Glen Carbon, Ill. 22.96 PASL Illinois Piasa    
169 Everett, Wash. 21.77 NWL Everett AquaSox IFL Everett Raptors  
170 Columbus, Ga. 21.41 SPHL Columbus Cottonmouths, PIFL Columbus Lions SAL Columbus Catfish  
171 Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 20.42 NABL Na Koa Ikaika Maui    
172 Worcester, Mass. 20.37 AHL Worcester Sharks C-A Worcester Tornadoes 1
173 Ogden, Utah 19.62 PL Ogden Raptors AIF Ogden Knights  
174 Sioux City, Iowa 19.52 AA Sioux City Explorers CPIFL Sioux City Bandits  
175 San Angelo, Texas 18.51 NAL San Angelo Colts LSFL San Angelo Bandits  
176 Laredo, Texas 18.27 AA Laredo Lemurs, LSFL Laredo Rattlesnakes CHL Laredo Bucks 1
177 Bowie-College Park, Md. 18.17 EL Bowie Baysox, AIF Washington Eagles IFL Maryland Maniacs  
178 Yakima, Wash. 18.11   NWL Yakima Bears  
179 Anchorage, Alaska 18.04 ECHL Alaska Aces IFL Alaska Wild  
180 Lexington, Ky. 17.56 SAL Lexington Legends AF2 Kentucky Horsemen  
181 Concord-Kannapolis, N.C. 17.42 SAL Kannapolis Intimidators SIFL Carolina Speed  
182 Pikeville, Ky. 16.48 CIFL Eastern Kentucky Drillers    
183 Mobile, Ala. 15.88 SL Mobile Bay Bears SIFL Mobile Bay Tarpons  
184 O'Fallon- St. Charles, Mo. 15.53 FL River City Rascals, UIFL Missouri Monster IFL River City Rage  
185t Lowell, Mass. 15.06 NYPL Lowell Spinners AHL Lowell Devils  
185t Stockton, Calif. 15.06 CAL Stockton Ports, ECHL Stockton Thunder AF2 California Eagles, PASL California Cougars  
187 Wheeling, W.Va. 14.88 ECHL Wheeling Nailers CIFL Wheeling Wildcats  
188 Bismarck, N.D. 14.56   NBA D-League Dakota Wizards  
189 Chillicothe, Ohio 13.54 FL Chillicothe Paints
190 Hidalgo, Texas 13.26 NAL Edinburg Roadrunners, NAL Rio Grande Valley Whitewings, NBA D-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers CHL Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, LSFL McAllen Toros, PASL Rio Grande Valley Flash  
191 Prescott Valley, Ariz. 13.09 CHL Arizona Sundogs IFL Arizona Adrenaline  
192 Youngstown-Niles, Ohio 12.53 NYPL Mahoning Valley Scrappers AF2 Mahoning Valley Thunder  
193 Yuma, Ariz. 11.85   NABL Yuma Scorpions  
194 Kinston, N.C. 11.67   CAR Kinston Indians  
195 Corpus Christi, Texas 11.54 TL Corpus Christi Hooks, NAL McAllen Thunder, UIFL Corpus Christi Fury CHL Corpus Christi Rayz, AF2 Corpus Christi Sharks  
196 Chico, Calif. 10.69   NABL Chico Outlaws  
197 Brockton, Mass. 9.24   C-A Brockton Rox  
198 Alexandria, La. 8.80   CBL Alexandria Aces  
199 Sarasota, Fla. 8.43 UIFL Sarasota Thunder FSL Sarasota Reds 1
200 Lafayette, La. 8.29 SPHL Louisiana IceGators SIFL Lafayette Wildcatters  
Rank Market Score Current team(s) Team(s) lost New/renovated venue(s)
201t Abilene, Texas 7.74 LSFL Abilene Bombers NAL Abilene Prairie Dogs  
201t St. George, Utah 7.74   GBL St. George Roadrunners  
203 Canton, Ohio 7.63 NBA D-League Canton Charge UIFL Canton Cougars  
204 Augusta, N.J. 7.19   C-A Sussex Skyhawks  
205 Rockford, Ill. 6.70 FL Rockford Aviators, AHL Rockford IceHogs CIFL Rock River Raptors, PASL Rockford Rampage  
206 Pittsfield, Mass. 5.54   C-A Pittsfield Colonials  
207 Oneonta, N.Y. 5.22 NYPL Oneonta Tigers
208 Long Beach, Calif. 4.55   GBL Long Beach Armada  
209 Kent, Wash. 4.54   IFL Kent Predators 1
210 Fairbanks, Alaska 4.52   IFL Fairbanks Grizzlies 2008-2011  
211 Florence, S.C. 3.94   AIF Florence Phantoms  
212 Albuquerque, N.M. 3.67 PCL Albuquerque Isotopes, LSFL New Mexico Stars NBA D-League New Mexico Thunderbirds, CHL New Mexico Scorpions  
213 Port Charlotte, Fla. 3.48 FSL Charlotte Stone Crabs 1
214 Manchester-Nashua, N.H. 3.32 EL New Hampshire Fisher Cats, AHL Manchester Monarchs C-A American Defenders of New Hampshire, AF2 Manchester Wolves  
215 Marion, Ohio 2.37   CIFL Marion Blue Racers  
216 Flint, Mich. 2.17   CHL Flint Generals  
217 Houma, La. 2.06   SIFL Houma Bayou Bucks  
218 Albany, Ga. -0.99 PIFL Albany Panthers    
219 Orem, Utah -1.76 PL Orem Owlz NBA D-League Utah Flash, AIF Utah Valley Thunder  
220 Madison, Wis. -2.00   CIFL Wisconsin Wolfpack  
221 Zion, Ill. -2.65   NABL Lake County Fielders  
222 Fresno, Calif. -2.97 PCL Fresno Grizzlies ECHL Fresno Falcons, AF2 Central Valley Coyotes  
223 Broomfield, Colo. -4.75   CHL Rocky Mountain Rage, NBA D-League Colorado  
224 Odessa, Texas -8.58   CHL Odessa Jackalopes, LSFL West Texas Roughnecks  
225 Hoffman Estates, Ill. -10.56 CPIFL Chicago Slaughter, PASL Chicago Mustangs ECHL Chicago Express, XSL Chicago Storm  
226 Muskegon, Mich. -13.09   CHL Muskegon Lumberjacks, IFL Muskegon Thunder  
227 Port Huron, Mich. -18.37   CHL Port Huron Icehawks, CIFL Port Huron Patriots  
228 Shreveport-Bossier City, La. -30.78   AA Shreveport Captains, CHL Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, AFL Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings  
229 Johnstown, Pa. -35.77   ECHL Johnstown Chiefs, UIFL Johnston Generals  
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