YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Cleveland Indians have home field advantage in the American League Championship Series starting Friday evening, but how much of an advantage is it to play at home?
A study done at Temple University in the 1970s discovered that the home team in Major League Baseball wins 53 percent of the time. In professional football is was 55 percent and in college football, 59 percent.
Another study in 2005 found that these numbers are pretty stable over the years.
The NFL home field advantage does tend to fluctuate a little more than other sports because there are so few games. There are fewer statistics to work with, but it’s usually in the 55 to 60 percent range.
National Hockey League home ice wins are a fairly steady 55 percent.
The National Basketball Association home court wins are about 60 percent, the highest of any sport.
When teams move to a new stadium in their home towns, their home field advantage wins go down for a while until they get used to the new place.
The home field advantage could be explained by no travel stress, the home crowd, sleeping in their own beds and familiar surroundings.
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