Profile of an Arizona sports fan

Mar 16, 2011, 3:43 PM | Updated: Mar 17, 2011, 2:33 pm

Have you ever wondered what makes Phoenix sports fans the way they are? Why they cheer the way they do? Who their favorite players are and how many of them root for teams and players outside of the state?

We here at ArizonaSports.com have wondered the same things. That’s why we assembled a large cross section of Valley fans to answer a carefully developed ten question survey.

We’ve found the answers we were looking for and they certainly paint an interesting picture of YOU the fan.

No. 1: Does your favorite team play in Arizona?

Yes – 61.7% (410)

No – 38.3% (255)


No. 2: Of the following, what is your favorite sports venue in Arizona?

Chase Field – 38% (253)

University of Phoenix Stadium – 31.4% (209)

U.S. Airways Center – 13.2%(88)

Sun Devil Stadium – 8% (53)

Jobing.com Arena 6% (40)

U of A’s Arizona Stadium 2% (13)

McKale Center 1.4% (9)


No. 3: Out of these local teams, whose gear do you own the most of?

Cardinals – 27.1% (180)

D-backs – 25.3% (168)

Suns – 19.4% (129)

ASU – 16.5% (110)

Coyotes – 5.9% (39)

UA – 5.9% (39)


No. 4: Which of the following would you consider your favorite sport?

NFL – 48.9% (325)

MLB – 20.9% (139)

NBA – 14% (93)

NCAAFB – 8% (53)

NHL – 4.4% (29)

NCAABB – 3.9% (26)


No. 5: Is your favorite team from where you grew up?

Yes – 53.7% (357)

No – 46.3% (308)


No. 6: When do you get excited about a local team?

Year round – 58.3% (388)

Regular season – 18.6% (124)

Near playoffs if team is in contention – 14.4% (96)

Playoffs – 5% (33)

Not a fan of local teams – 3.6% (24)


No. 7: How many local sporting events do you attend per calender year?

11+ – 27.8% (185)

4-7 – 27.8% (185)

0-3 – 27.1% (180)

8-10 – 17.3% (115)


No. 8: Of the following, who is your favorite local team/school?

Cardinals – 29.5% (196)

D-backs – 21.4% (142)

Suns – 21.1% (140)

ASU – 13.4% (89)

Coyotes – 6.5% (43)

UA – 5.7% (38)

I don’t like a local team – 2.6% (17)


No. 9: What is your favorite memory as a sports fan?

Favorite Memory: D-backs winning the 2001 World Series

16.6 % of all respondents answered with a non-Arizona sporting event as their favorite memory.


No. 10: Who is your all-time favorite athlete?

1) Kurt Warner

2) Charles Barkley

3) Luis Gonzalez

45.3% of all respondents answered that their favorite athlete of all-time came from outside the state of Arizona.

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