The NBA has talked about expanding the league to 32, and Louisville is a perfect fit. We’ve got an arena, we’ve got fans, we’ve got the money, and we want this.
THE FAN BASE IS HERE
Everyone knows Kentucky is a basketball state, and if any state deserves a professional basketball team, it’s this one. We have fanatic fans with the resources and interest to support an NBA team.
Nearby Population Centers
In a basketball-crazy region, fans are willing to make the trip for a good game.
Lexington, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area – Population: 723,849
Elizabethtown, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area – Population: 150,776
Cincinnati, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area – Population: 2.12 million people
Evansville, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area – Population: 269,695
Bowling Green Metropolitan Statistical Area – Population: 165,732
Owensboro Metropolitan Statistical Area – Population: 109,875
Hopkinsville Metropolitan Statistical Area – Population: 261,816
Huntington-Ashland Metropolitan Statistical Area – Population: 361,580
All told, that’s nearly 5.3 million potential fans in the stands.
THERE’S A STRONG PRECEDENT
The Commonwealth of Kentucky loves its sports — at every level. From high school football to college basketball to golf, baseball and even soccer, every sport seems to find a home in the Bluegrass.
The Louisville Bats
The Louisville Bats games have average turnouts of 7,537 spectators per game. That number slightly trails the national average, but exceeds attendance in comparable markets, such as Salt Lake City, Nashville, New Orleans and Oklahoma City. On that note, the Redbirds (as the Bats were previously known) broke the minor league attendance record in 1982 when they drew 868,418 fans that season. The very next year, they broke that record with a season total attendance of over one million fans — and that record has yet to be beaten. The city was even considered as a market for a Major League Baseball expansion. Always the bridesmaid; never the bride, eh?