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Lesson 1: Learning the relationship between population centers and sports teams

Objective: Students will learn the relationship between population centers and sports teams. They will learn the influence of weather on attendance and become aware of the influence of geography, traffic flow and disposable income on site selection for sports stadiums within cities and states. The different teams also may give rise to cultural differences in various locations.

Procedures:

  1. Provide students with the addresses of the professional football teams listed on this site. (See Sports + games.) Have them search the sites for the size of the stadium and the average crowd size. If unavailable, have students write an e-mail or letter to each team requesting this information.
  2. On a map of the United States, locate the cities where teams are located. Using the Census Bureau web site, get the latest population statistics for these locations.
  3. Evaluate the relationship between stadium size, community population and crowd size. Reach a conclusion as to which team will have the largest draw for the coming school year. (Selecting football enables the students to see if their predictions are accurate. Do not count Green Bay.)
  4. Develop a chart, and keep track of the audience figures using the teams' Internet sites or newspapers.
  5. Keep track of weather in the communities on game day and see if inclement weather makes a difference in attendance.
  6. Finally, have students form teams and judge possible sites for expansion teams. Send the results to the league president.