FanSided 250: Blue Devil Fans Ranked Among Greatest Fan Bases

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 11: Grayson Allen
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The FanSided Network recently accumulated a list of the top 250 fan bases in all of sports, entertainment, and lifestyles. Check out where the Duke Blue Devils landed.

FanSided unveiled their 2017 Fandom250, ranking all of the fan bases in sports and entertainment around the world. From college and professional sports to TV shows and games, the top 250 are compiled and presented in the annual list. This year, fans of the Duke Blue Devils were ranked among the best fans in the world.

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It’s a well-known fact that Duke fans are among the greatest in the world, especially for men’s college basketball. Duke fans are located across the country and around the world. And with up-and-coming football, women’s basketball, and soccer teams as well as dominant lacrosse and women’s golf programs, fans of the Duke Blue Devils will continue to grow and spread.

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For basketball, Cameron Indoor Stadium is always one of the toughest places to play for opponents. Last season, the Duke Basketball Twitter account surpassed 1 million followers, becoming the most popular college social media account. And the Blue Devil fan base is growing so much that less than a year later, earlier this season, @DukeMBB eclipsed 2 million followers!

In the Fandom250 list Duke came in at 85th overall, dropping in the rankings from last year where they were 39th. Blue Devil fans are seventh among other college athletic programs, trailing Ohio State (1st), Alabama (8th), Notre Dame (29th), North Carolina (55th), Oklahoma (76th), and Kentucky (80th).

Although Duke is one of the most popular college basketball programs, they are also one of the most hated. While the Fandom250 poll allowed fans to vote for their favorite teams, people were also allowed to down-vote other teams. Of course, the Duke Blue Devils were also one of the most down-voted programs which most likely led to their drop in ranking. However, as Fandom250 puts it:

"Few fans produce such passion and emotion than those of the Duke Blue Devils, especially when it comes to college basketball."

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We here at Ball Durham are proud to work with and for all Duke fans. Be sure to check out our new podcast dedicated to the Duke community. We’d love to hear your questions, input, and perspective on the Duke Blue Devils.