Which college basketball teams are the most popular in the DMV? originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The D.C. metropolitan area is a melting pot of alumni from schools all across the country and in particular Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. It's not just an area dominated by the Maryland and Georgetown fanbases.
With March Madness and the NCAA Tournament upon us, VividSeats provided NBC Sports Washington where fan allegiances lie for those in the DMV. Based on zip code, VividSeats put together a map based on the highest number of ticket sales over the past five years.
The full interactive map is provided here courtesy of VividSeats.
NCAA College Basketball Fandom in the DMV
Note that the black zip codes are where there was insufficient data.
While most of the fandom is tied to a locale -- Virginia rooting for Virginia, D.C. for Georgetown and Maryland to Maryland -- there are quite a few exceptions. The schools with the most zip codes are Georgetown, Maryland and Virginia. Here are the top five overall tickets sold in the DMV area according to VividSeats:
4. George Mason
5. West Virginia
State schools have predominately stayed to their own borders, as can be expected. Georgetown, though, has been able to expand its fan base far beyond the District's borders. Alexandria and Arlington support the Hoyas more than any other school. Prince George's County also roots for Georgetown.
The Terrapins pretty much own the rest of Maryland within the confines of this expanded DMV region. There are some exceptions but the Turtle has quite the domain.
Virginia, the state, is much more diverse than its northern neighbors. George Mason, located in Fairfax claimed quite a few areas, including those right around their main campus. Virginia Tech also has some fans making the trek down to Blacksburg but calling the DMV home. Apparently quite a few West Virginia fans also reside in NOVA.
The only other locally-based team that won a zip code was George Washington. The Colonials have quite the amount of fans in Sterling, Va.
Other schools making an appearance creates quite the interesting list.
Michigan State, Colorado, Duke, North Carolina, Villanova and Xavier all have traveling fans from the DMV. Even Miami (20006 in D.C.) and San Diego State (22610 in Virginia) are represented.
Vivid Seats is a ticket marketplace and provided the above data to NBC Sports Washington.