If there is one thing that professional sports cannot go without, it’s their fan-bases. A fan-base is the lifeblood of any team, no matter what professional league, no matter what sport or what city they are in. in this article, we will take a look at some of the most passionate fan bases across all sports.
Considering various factors like ticket sales, merchandise sales, social media fans, brand value, stadium noise, hype and some other factors, here are the 15 most passionate fan bases across all sports.
15. New England Patriots [American Football – NFL]
The New England Patriots were among the first sports dynasty of the 2000’s, and that reignited a fanbase that has always been passionate. This magical era with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady has made the Patriots’ fans into one of the most passionate groups in sports.
The Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of the two leagues. The team changed its name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating to Foxborough in 1971. The Patriots played their home games at Foxboro Stadium from 1971 to 2001, then moved to Gillette Stadium at the start of the 2002 season. The Patriots’ rivalry with the New York Jets is considered one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL.
14. Liverpool [Football – EPL]
English football club, Liverpool has one of the most passionate fan-bases in football. There are very few things more stirring in football across the world than hearing Liverpool supporters passionately belt out ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
Games against Manchester United, Manchester City and Everton—whose atmospheres have been described as “suffocating” and “not for the faint of heart”— creates an unmatched atmosphere.
Buoyed by their European success, Liverpool’s supporters have stood by their team and hope that Jurgen Klopp can bring more glory days back to the red half of Merseyside. They are undoubtedly one of the most passionate fan bases across all sports.
13. LA Lakers [Basketball – NBA]
The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, and have won 16 NBA championships, the second-most behind the Boston Celtics. They’ve built quite the fan following because of that. It also helps that they play in a huge sports market.
In 1980s Lakers were nicknamed “Showtime” due to their fast break-offense led by Magic Johnson. The team won five championships in a nine-year span, and contained Hall of Famers Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy, and was led by Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley.
While they’re facing a rough patch right now, their fanbase continues to look to the future in hopes that Lebron James will help them return to their championship ways in style.
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12. Seattle Seahawks [American Football – NFL]
While the Seahawks are often the focus of bandwagon jokes, a fair amount of credit should be given to the longstanding fans of the great city of Seattle. Seahawks fans have been referred to collectively as the “12th Man”.
The Seahawks’ fans have twice set the Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd noise at a sporting event, first registering 136.6 decibels during a game against the San Francisco 49ers in September 2013, and later during a Monday Night Football game against the New Orleans Saints a few months later, with a then record-setting 137.6 dB.
The “12th Man” fan-base has already carved out a spot as one of the most passionate fan bases across all sports, considering the fact that they very nearly cause earthquakes at every game and forced the NFL to implement a noise rule (which they still break every game).
11. Pitsburgh Steelers [American Football – NFL]
Pitsburgh Steelers fall into the ”crazy” category because of the atmosphere fans create at Heinz Field on a regular basis. They are an intimidating fan-base to deal with as an opposing team coming into town. The Steelers have always had the image of a rough-around-the-edges, hard-nosed football team, and their fans personify that image to a tee.
Pittsburgh Steelers fans are known for stealing the scene and invading the bleachers when it comes to watching their favorite team play. Their devotion to the team is so great that they are widely considered one of the most traveled fan bases in the league.
Another show of loyalty on the part of this intense fandom is the fact that they have easily bought out over 330 straight home games. Just to give you an idea why that’s so significant: NFL teams usually play eight home games per year in a regular reason. This means that Steelers fans have bought out all possible home games for over 40 years.
10. Galatasaray [Football – Super Lig]
Galatasaray boast a following of almost half of Turkey’s football-supporting population, and their Turk Telekom Arena stadium is billed as one of the most challenging football stadiums for teams to visit in Europe.
The fans are always behind the team and it’s common to see flares add to the ambiance at their ground, to accompany the volume. They are at their most intense in their derby games and European matches.
They made news in 1993 when they gave visiting Manchester United the infamous “Welcome to Hell” treatment. From the very second they arrived at the airport, the United fans were hunted and hounded by the intimidating Turkish supporters.
9. St. Louis Cardinals [Baseball- MLB]
The St. Louis Cardinals are the Southern Midwest’s team of choice and are often referred to as “Redbird Nation”. The Cardinals are popular in regions like rural Indiana and Missouri, western Illinois, Iowa, Memphis, Arkansas and Western Kentucky.
The team has 11 World Series titles which is second to only the New York Yankees. The team’s two biggest rivalries are the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals. Every October, the playoffs present a time for the city and its fans to rejoice as the team goes for another World Series title. Very few fan bases are as passionate with such a competitive team, which makes them one of the best fan bases in all of sports.