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San Jose Sharks Rated As Best Fan Experience In Bay Area Sports

JD Power & Associates have released their 2017 ratings for their sports fan experience study across 11 U.S. markets.

There were seven main categories that the fan experience was evaluated on: seating area and game experience; security and ushers; leaving the game; arriving at the game; food and beverage; ticket purchase; and souvenirs and merchandise. Loyalty, team performance, and team image were also taken into account. With a score of 788 out of 1,000, the San Jose Sharks edged the San Jose Earthquakes by a single point.

Hockey performed well in the study with the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars, & Colorado Avalanche all being named the best fan experiences in their respective markets.

The NFL performed poorly with a football team coming in last in each market. The Oakland Raiders scored the worst as far as Bay Area teams go with a score of 740.

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CREDIT: John W. McDonough (Photo by John W. McDonough /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
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One of the most surprising results is the San Francisco 49ers fan experience (score of 762) scoring higher than the Golden State Warriors fan experience (757). The 49ers went 2-14 last season and fans have been harsh critics of the Levi’s Stadium experience, meanwhile, the Warriors score was dragged down by high ticket prices and poor food & beverage scores.

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