Rural football fans are not as wealthy as urban fans, but they still pay a premium, according to a new study.
The study by the University of California, Berkeley, found that rural fans pay a price for their sport in terms of the size of their stadiums and the number of people who can attend a game.
“For most of the surveyed stadiums, the attendance figures are in line with those of urban stadiums.
However, rural stadiums have a higher capacity,” said Dr Jef Boehme, an associate professor of economics and business administration at UC Berkeley.”
That’s because the stadiums are built for less people, which means the facilities are more compact and thus more expensive,” he said.”
There are also lower levels of accessibility in rural stadiums.””
A rural football stadium may have fewer seats and more seats with fewer people per seat, but it also has fewer seats with higher capacity and more capacity with higher seating,” he added.
The research also revealed that the most expensive rural stadiums were in California and Arizona, while the cheapest ones were in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.
“This is because rural stadiums are located in lower-density areas where there are fewer people,” Dr Boehne said.
He also pointed out that rural stadiums in the US are often located in areas with less than 1,000 people per square kilometre, which can lead to a large population density.
“Rural stadiums are also located in states where more people live than rural areas, such as Alaska, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota and Kansas,” he noted.
Rural football fans, particularly in the West, are also not as enthusiastic about attending a game as urban football fans.
“People in rural areas are more likely to stay home to watch a game rather than travel to nearby cities to watch it,” Dr. Boehmann said.
This means that rural football fans spend more money than urban football supporters, but this can be offset by higher attendance at the game.
According to the study, the average cost per attendee in rural venues is $6,724, while in urban venues, the figure is $10,637.
“In the case of rural stadiums, stadiums cost between $10 and $25 per person per night, whereas in urban stadiums, they are between $20 and $40 per person,” Dr Boehme said.