Editors' pick: Originally published Feb. 5.

When the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday in San Francisco, football fans across the country will be watching -- some from more fan-friendly cities than others. 

Football is the most-followed sport in the U.S. Fans are fiercely loyal to their teams, and their reactions to wins and losses can be intense. 

The Super Bowl is the culmination of nearly five months of fans' dedication as they hope and pray that their team will make it to the championship. The metrics behind the last professional game of the season, now in its 50th year, are impressive. According to WalletHub:

  • The average price of a Super Bowl 50 ticket is a whopping $6,008.
  • San Francisco plans to spend $4.8 million to host the game, but the total economic impact to the Bay Area is expected to top $500 million
  • A three-second advertisement during the game costs more than $5 million, with $400 million as the total expected spend on this year's Super Bowl ads.
  • More than 28 million Tweets will be sent during the game.
  • 25% of people planning to purchase a TV this year will pull the trigger during Super Bowl sales.
  • 1.3 billion chicken wings will be consumed.

Equally impressive is the degree to which football team host cities go to cater to their fans. In a report published this week, WalletHub analyzed 245 U.S. cities with at least one college or professional football team and determined how fan-friendly each city was based on such factors as the number of NFL and college football teams located in each city, average ticket prices, NFL attendance, the number of college and professional championships each team has won, the number of "sports bars" within close proximity to stadiums and the accessibility of stadiums.

Sources used by WalletHub include the U.S. Census Bureau, Team Marketing Report, ESPN, NFL.com, Pro-football-reference.com, the Harris Poll, Yelp and each team's Web site.

Here are the 10 best cities for football fans.

10. Baton Rouge


Teams and Performance Rank: 15

Costs and Fan Engagement Rank: 46

Baton Rouge, La., is a college football town. It hosts two college football teams: the Louisiana State University's Tigers and Southern University's Jaguars.

According to WalletHub, the minimum price for a season ticket for a college football game in Baton Rouge in the city is $360, the city has approximately 14.8 sports bars per 100,000 residents, and the city has had three college football championship wins.

Tiger Stadium, where the LSU Tigers play their home games, has a current capacity of 102,000, making it the sixth largest in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

It has also been rated as one of the best stadiums to watch college football, according to reviews on TripAdvisor.

"If you are just remotely a sports fan you will need to visit Tiger Stadium for at least one game," said one reviewer in November 2015. "The people are friendly and the atmosphere is electric. You will not have any problems making new friends and there is usually a plate waiting for you at most tailgates. Get there early and plan to stay late."

9. Philadelphia 

 

Teams and Performance Rank: 6
Costs and Fan Engagement Rank: 186

Philadelphia is home to the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, but the City of Brotherly Love is also home to Temple University's Owls. Both play home games at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Owls football team is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

According to WalletHub, the average ticket price for an Eagles' game is $98.69, Philadelphia has approximately 6.59 sports bars per 100,000 residents, and the city has had three NFL championship wins and eight college football championship wins -- though Lincoln Financial Field, where the Eagles play, is one of the least accessible stadiums.

8. New York



Teams and Performance Rank: 1
Costs and Fan Engagement Rank: 200

New York is home to the NFL's New York Jets and New York Giants, even though both teams play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The city is also home to the Columbia University Lions and the Fordham Rams, among other collegiate teams in the outer boroughs. Columbia's Lions play at the Robert Kraft Field on the northern tip of Manhattan, close the university. The Rams play at Coffey Field in Bronx, N.Y.

According to WalletHub, the average ticket price for an NFL game in New York is $114.53, the city has approximately 4.93 sports bars per 100,000 residents, and it has nine NFL championship wins and 20 NFL division championship wins between two teams.

New York is among the cities with the highest average ticket price for an NFL game, while MetLife Stadium is considered the least accessible stadium, according to WalletHub. As well, the report considered New York fans some of the least friendly and engaged fans (base on social media analysis) for both college and NFL games. Despite that, attendance is usually around 95% for home games for the two New York NFL teams.

7. Princeton, N.J.



Teams and Performance Rank: 6
Costs and Fan Engagement Rank: 186

Princeton, N.J., is a college-football town, home to the Princeton University Tigers. The Tigers play at Princeton University Stadium. The team has had 28 championship wins.

According to WalletHub, the minimum season ticket price for a college game in Princeton is $35, the city has approximately 6.91 sports bars per 100,000 residents, and it has nine NFL championship wins between two teams and 20 NFL division championship wins.

 

6. Denver



Teams and Performance Rank: 12
Costs and Fan Engagement Rank: 40

Denver is home to one of this year's Super Bowl contender, the Denver Broncos, and it is also just 30 miles south of the University of Colorado's main campus in Boulder. The University of Colorado Buffaloes play in the Pac-12 Conference and have won one football championship.

The Broncos are a member of the American Football Conference's West division and play at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos have won two Super Bowl championships and have four players in the Hall of Fame: John Elway, Floyd Little, Gary Zimmerman and Shannon Sharpe. Fans are hoping that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will bring home a third championship on Sunday.

According to WalletHub, the average ticket price for an NFL game is $87.96, and the city has approximately 12.6 sports bars per 100,000 residents.

The Broncos are the best-performing NFL team, based on a three-year season average, according to WalletHub.

 

5. East Lansing



Teams and Performance Rank: 26
Costs and Fan Engagement Rank: 5

East Lansing, Mich., home to the Michigan State University Spartans, is a college football town through and through. As a member of the Big 10 Conference, the Spartans have had six championship wins and three division wins.

The team is considered the fifth-best-performing college football team and has the lowest minimum season ticket prices at $25, according to WalletHub.

East Lansing has approximately 16.4 sports bars per 100,000 residents and has the third most friendly and engaged college football fans, behind Clemson University and Chapel Hill, WalletHub said.

 

4. Tuscaloosa



Teams and Performance Rank: 4
Costs and Fan Engagement Rank: 19

Tuscaloosa, Ala., is home to the University of Alabama and its storied Crimson Tide football team. The Crimson Tide has won 16 national championships and has completed 10 undefeated seasons (nine of which were perfect). The team plays at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

According to WalletHub, the minimum season ticket price for a game in Tuscaloosa is $475 -- the third highest among the report's considered cities. Tuscaloosa has approximately 9.6 sports bars per 100,000 residents.

WalletHub considers the Crimson Tide to be the fourth best-performing college football team.

 

3. Pittsburgh



Teams and Performance Rank: 3
Costs and Fan Engagement Rank: 22

The Steel City is known for its NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it also has three college football teams.

The Steelers play in the North Division of the American Football League and play home games at Heinz Field. The team is one of the oldest teams in the franchise and has won six Super Bowl titles.

Pittsburgh is also home to the Carnegie Mellon University Titans, the Duquesne University Dukes and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, sharing 12 championship wins between the teams.

According to WalletHub, the average ticket price for an NFL game in Pittsburgh is $83.97, and the city has approximately 16 sports bars per 100,000 residents.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have the fifth most accessible NFL stadium and the second most friendly and engaged NFL fans, according to WalletHub.

2.Clemson



Teams and Performance Rank: 38
Costs and Fan Engagement Rank: 1

Clemson, S.C., is home to the Clemson University Fighting Tigers, which play at Bowman Field. Clemson competes in the Football bowl Subdivision of the NCAA and the Atlantic division of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

According to WalletHub, the team has had one championship win and four division championship wins, the minimum price for season tickets is $340, and Clemson has approximately 42 sports bars per 100,000 residents.

Clemson has the second most accessible college stadium and has the most friendly and engaged college fans, according to WalletHub.


1. Green Bay

Teams and Performance Rank: 2
Costs and Fan Engagement Rank: 2

Green Bay, Wisc., is home to the NFL's Green Bay Packers. Green Bay plays in the North Division of the National Football Conference and plays home games at Lambeau Field. The team is known for its former head coach Vince Lombardi, for whom the Super Bowl trophy was renamed after his passing in 1970, as well as former quarterback Brett Favre, who played on the team for 15 years through 1997. Today, Aaron Rodgers fills Green Bay's quarterback shoes.

According to WalletHub, the Packers have had 13 championship wins -- the most in NFL history -- and 17 division championship wins, the average price for a ticket is $89.37, and the city has approximately 17.2 sports bars per 100,000 residents.

Green Bay has the most accessible NFL stadium and the most friendly and engaged NFL fans, according to WalletHub.