College Football Conferences Ranked by Size of Office Market (Part 3)

August 29, 2014

America’s favorite time of the year is finally here, football season. This year college football gives us a lot to look forward to. The 2014-2015 season will be the first season a playoff system is used to decide the champion and as if that doesn’t bring enough excitement, the AP Preseason Football Rankings being released surely did so. CBC corporate wanted to join in on all the excitement by creating rankings of its very own. This year’s rankings consist of three of the top college conferences, the ACC, Big 10 and SEC. However, rather than rank these schools based on their sporting capabilities, CBC took a commercial real estate approach. Each school was ranked based on the rentable building area (RBA) in the Office sector of the CoStar market the school is located in. 

We’ve already ranked the ACC and the Big 10, so here are the SEC Office Market Rankings:

  1. Vanderbilt
  2. Alabama
  3. Tennessee
  4. South Carolina
  5. Louisiana State
  6. Kentucky
  7. Arkansas

Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri and Texas A&M did not rank because there were no CoStar markets available in their locations.

Vanderbilt’s location in Nashville, the capital of Tennessee places the university in a big Southern market. The highest office market square footage in the SEC is 76,591,214, which is significantly lower than the top ACC and Big 10 schools.

Many of the SEC schools did not appear to be in a market on CoStar. Therefore, the results were among seven schools, most located in bigger Southern cities. 


By Julie Allison, Intern, Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates