Sorry, Golden State Warriors, but it turns out your complaints about Utah being boring are unfounded.
Multiple players on the Golden State Warriors complained to ESPN earlier this week about the Los Angeles Clippers losing to the Utah Jazz in the first round of the NBA Playoffs because they believe there is nothing to do in Utah.
“There’s no nightlife in Utah,” Warriors’ forward Matt Barnes told ESPN. “Obviously, as players, you want to be able to have a little bit of a nightlife, but the main focus is winning games. Me personally, I want to get out there because I want to beat the Clippers. That’s my former team, and my kids are out there. But as far as nightlife, there’s no comparison to nightlife in Utah and L.A.”
Ironically, a WalletHub study released Tuesday on the most fun states in America shows Utah outranks California for nightlife (Utah is ranked 45th and California is ranked 49th). Of course, the study only looks at the state as a whole; it doesn’t break down results according to cities.
In 2016, WalletHub ranked the most fun cities in America. And, guess what, Salt Lake City outranked L.A. by a long shot — Salt Lake City received a 5th-place ranking while L.A. came in at 110th. And when it came to nightlife and parties, Salt Lake came in 15th while L.A. fell to 76th.
Take Note, Warriors.
While Utah outranks California in some subcategories, Utah fell behind California in the overall ranking 35th to 15th as the most fun states in America. The No. 1 most fun state is Nevada.
WalletHub ranked the 50 states according to 22 key indicators that welcomed a fun time without breaking the bank. The study examines entertainment venues, restaurants per capita, movie theaters, fitness centers and more. See the full study results here.
The Golden State Warriors will arrive on Friday for two games at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. The first game of the Western Conference semifinals between the Jazz and the Warriors is Tuesday, May 2, at 8:30 p.m. MDT at the Oracle Arena in California.