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Depending on which state you are living or visiting in the US, the most popular sport among the population will differ. However, a recent study completed in 2020 shows that American Football is the most popular sport in 19 of the 50 states, with the NFL dominating. However, that is not the case in Tennessee and the most popular sport as voted in the study done by Myprotein is College Football.

The Tennessee Volunteers are the biggest college football team in Tennessee. They represent the University of Tennessee and participate in the Southeastern Conference as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. If you need convincing as to exactly how popular the Tennessee Volunteers are in the state, you need just one glance at their stadium and fans on a game to understand. The Neyland Stadium has a capacity of over 100,000 people and is an awesome sight when it is full of fans dressed in orange and white on a game day. Neyland Stadium is the fifth largest stadium in the United States and the seventh largest stadium in the world.

The average attendance for Tennessee Volunteers games at the Neyland Stadium since 1946 is 68,925 fans per game. You must only go back to September 2004 to find the record attendance at the venue for a Tennessee Volunteers game and that was 109,061 when Tennessee defeated Florida. So, based on the incredible attendance figures alone, it is easy to conclude that College Football is one of the most popular sports in Tennessee.

The good news is that it is now possible to have a wager on the Tennessee Volunteers throughout the football season. There are many fantastic online sportsbooks operating in the state, including William Hill, with the app available to download in Tennessee. William Hill is one of the biggest names in sports betting across the globe and you will find a huge range of sports and betting markets available on a daily basis, including football, basketball, and ice hockey.

Interestingly, ice hockey is fast becoming one of the most popular sports in Tennessee. The Nashville Predators are one the favorite teams to follow among Tennessee’s professional sports franchises. A survey conducted by the Middle Tennessee State University in 2017 showed the Predators enjoyed a significant chunk of the fanbase. However, it is worth noting the Predators had a successful 2016/17 season, during which they reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in their history, so that achievement may have skewed the figures somewhat.

Another of the most popular sports in Tennessee is basketball and the Memphis Grizzlies represent the state in the National Basketball Association. During the course of a NBA season, over 600,000 fans will attend games at the FedExForum and in 2018/19, the average attendance per game was 15,578. Clearly this figure only shows the number of people inside the venue and they are thousands of basketball fans in Tennessee who are watching games in bars and homes.

In addition to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Tennessee Volunteers men’s basketball are extremely popular and soccer has also started to gain a good fanbase, thanks to the introduction of Nashville SC. The team play in Major League Soccer at the Nissan Stadium, having been founded in 2017.

From television to the internet platform, Jonathan switched his journey in digital media with Bigtime Daily. He served as a journalist for popular news channels and currently contributes his experience for Bigtime Daily by writing about the tech domain.

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Have mainstream sports finally bounced back after 2020?

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Whilst many would have been eager to get back to a sports stadium and support their favorite team in person and in the stands, it would seem that it could take some time before the same kind of pre-pandemic numbers are reached.

It is clear that there are many supporters who have decided enough is enough and have worn their team’s colors to the stadium to encourage the team as they try and support them to a win, although recent reports suggest numbers are slow across the entire sporting world at the moment.

Of course, many will have used the campaigns that they were unable to attend venues in different ways, with some likely to have looked and used sportsbooks that offered them the best odds in sports betting available, whilst others would have been happy enough to shout at a TV screen when watching the action.

Premier League soccer attendances are yet to fully recover

According to some data that has been released, it would seem the attendance numbers that England’s Premier League used to experience are yet to return to the levels that had once been enjoyed in 2019/20.

Although the competition is just under halfway through the 21/22 campaign, earlier figures had suggested that attendances were down on those that were experienced in 19/20. However, it does need to be noted that the percentage is very small.

Teams such as Leeds United and Brentford have been able to see the figures be as high as possible as it is the first opportunity fans will have had to watch their team in the top-flight, although others will point to the fact that ticket prices have continued to increase and are perhaps unaffordable currently, especially after a hard 18 months or so.

The NFL shows interesting attendance data

Much like the Premier League, the National Football League (NFL) is one of the biggest sporting competitions around the world and one in which many will look to as a case study for whether mainstream sports have been able to fully bounce back after an impactful 2020.

Again, like the soccer competition, football seems to have had its ups and downs recently in regards to attendance, although there could be some outliers as to why the data currently being shown is what it currently is.

The league’s overall attendance has been relatively strong this season as fans have been able to return to stadiums all over America, with big crowds at venues such as the Las Vegas Radiers’ Allegiant Stadium (93.9% capacity) and the shared SoFi Stadium as the Los Angeles Rams (99.6%) and Los Angeles Chargers (98.2%) having been witnessed. However, it is also the first season in which fans of all three franchises will have been able to go to the new home of each team.

Unfortunately, there are NFL teams that are showing issues in regards to attendances, although this might be based on the fact that there are perhaps some sporting disclaimers that may have led to the fact that fans have opted to stay away. For instance, the Washington Football Team has yet to have announced an attendance of 80% capacity or over.

Teams in New York (New York Giants and New York Jets) and Detroit (Detroit Lions) are franchises that have been called out in the past for low attendances, though, which will have brought the overall number down but this does not mean that mainstream sports have not bounced back. Nonetheless, there are seven teams below 90% capacity overall compared to three in 2019 before the pandemic.

Conclusion

By simply looking at the attendances that can be seen at various sporting venues around the world, it would be safe to assume that mainstream sports have bounced back from the disaster of 2020, although perhaps not as quickly as many may have expected them to.

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