I visited Austin and Tucson earlier this year and was surprised by their size and subsequent lack of professional sports, which hurts their notoriety and familiarity in an otherwise sports-crazed nation.
Meanwhile, Green Bay, Wisconsin—home of the well-known Packers—is the smallest city in America with a pro sports team (just 100,000 residents).
What other large cities might fly under the radar, then, due to a lack of professional sports?
This is what I found—the largest U.S. cities without a pro team:
- Austin, Texas (1 million people—getting Austin FC in 2021, however)
- Fort Worth, Texas (800,000)
- El Paso, Texas (700,000)
- Las Vegas, Nevada (600,000—getting The Raiders in 2020)
- Louisville, Kentucky (600,000—although it makes famous professional baseball bats)
- Albuquerque, New Mexico (550,000)
- Tucson, Arizona (500,000)
- Fresno, California (500,000)
- Long Beach, California (450,000)
- Mesa, Arizona (450,000)