On Thursday evening last week, I posted a survey which would help me understand where in the UK has the biggest NFL fan base and also who the most popular NFL team.
Over the course of four days, the survey received a staggering 1,000 responses, something I absolutely did not expect so a huge thank you to everyone who got involved!
Let’s look at the results…
I’ve always known the game the be heavily male-dominated and this became very clear in the results when asked about gender. Out of the 1000 responses I received only 9% were female with 90% male. 1% preferred as other or preferred not to say.
When asked about age, results showed that 41% were between 25 and 34 and 27% being between 35 and 44, both results you could well link to the game being popular in the 80s and 90s (and this too makes sense when you see the most popular teams below). Only 2% were under 18, 14% of fans between 18 and 24 and 16% of fans were 45 and older.
You’re probably all keen to know who the most supported teams are, so I’ll go with the top 10 most supported in order:
- New England Patriots – 10%
- Green Bay Packers – 7%
- New York Giants – 5%
- Miami Dolphins – 5%
- Seattle Seahawks – 4.8%
- San Francisco 49ers – 4.7%
- New York Jets – 4.5%
- Chicago Bears – 4.12%
- Washington Redskins – 4.11%
- Oakland Raiders – 4%
Now I’d certainly be interested to know if people are surprised by this or if it is in line with expectation.
This next statistic is one that surprised me and made me proud all at the same time. Greater Manchester and Greater London were at a complete tie for counties with the largest fan base. The most popular cities for fans are London with 12%, Manchester with 8%, Glasgow with 4% and Liverpool with 3%. NFL UK take note of this, this result alone should surely be a reason why you consider taking the game elsewhere than London.
Looking at the fans who have been to a game here in the UK, 74% had, with 25% having not. The main reason for this being affordability. Without a doubt, something the NFL need to look at. The cheapest tickets including booking fee are still around £50, put on top of this food at the game, travel costs, accommodation. For a family travelling from outside of London this can become extremely pricey.
27% of fans were lucky enough to have been to an NFL game in America. Something I myself am hoping to do during my visit to New York in September.
The final question I asked in my survey was “Would you like to see an NFL franchise here in the UK?”. Now this one really surprised me. 41% of fans here in the UK would like to see a franchise here in the UK. 30% against it, and 29% were still undecided.
Everything I see on my Twitter timeline says fans are against it, yet this survey tells me otherwise and in fact, the majority would in fact like to see a franchise here.
Overall, I think these results are very very interesting and I’m intrigued to see what happens with NFL here in the UK over the coming years. Personally, I’d like to see them reduce price slightly to allow for more fans from all over the UK to afford to come to a game. I’d also love to see them test out visiting elsewhere in the UK.
What do you think of the results?
Would love to hear your comments and thoughts on these so please feel free post them below or tweet me at @NFLGirlUK.