MLB Opening Day: 46% of Fans Root for the Team Closest to Where They Grew Up

Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is TODAY (4/7/22), which means fans of all MLB teams believe there’s at least a SMALL chance this could be a magical year for them!

In a new poll, sports fans were asked what influenced their support for their favorite MLB team, and 46% said the biggest factor was “where they grew up.”

Family is the second biggest factor, followed by where they currently live.

One in five fans say they’re influenced by who their friends root for . . . a little less than that say they root for the teams of their favorite players . . . and 8% of people admit they just root for the teams with the best records.

Baseball is known as “America’s Pastime” . . . but in this poll, only 36% agreed.  41% of people said football is America’s favorite pastime . . . 9% said it’s basketball . . . 3% said golf . . . and another 3% said soccer.


FinanceBuzz did a different survey recently, where they looked at which MLB team’s fans spend the MOST on alcohol when watching a game at the ballpark.

Well, the average Oakland A’s fan spends roughly $58 on alcohol while at a game, which is more than any other team.

St. Louis Cardinals fans are second with a booze spend of $43 . . . followed by fans of the Texas Rangers ($42), the Chicago Cubs ($40), and the Chicago White Sox ($39).

The league average is $27.77.

Detroit Tigers fans spend the LEAST on alcohol at $15 per game. Tigers fans also spend the least on concessions as a whole, at “just” $52.

The biggest spenders on concessions are in the Bay Area:  Oakland A’s fans drop the most, $134 per game . . . followed by fans of the San Francisco Giants ($110), the L.A. Angels ($107), the Texas Rangers ($99), and the L.A. Dodgers ($98).

The league average for in-stadium food and drinks is $74.40.

As for team merchandise and gear, the Atlanta Braves are #1, which might be correlated to their epic World Series run last year.  Washington Nationals fans drop the second-most on gear.  They won the World Series in 2019.

Fans of the Houston Astros spend the LEAST on merch, possibly because the Astros brand took a big PR hit with that cheating scandal a couple years ago.

Pittsburgh Pirates fans spend the second-least on gear.

Interestingly, fans of the Toronto Blue Jays spend the third-least, but there’s a chance that surges this year.  The Blue Jays are one of the favorites to win the World Series.

The average fan spends $168.74 on merchandise annually.


(YouGov | (Finance Buzz)

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