I like vintage ballparks and hate Sparty.
Best/Worst Stadiums you've visited (stories appreciated)
Worst for me was Philadelphia Veterans Stadium. I went to a baseball game there, saw Curt Schilling pitch, and mostly marveled at how awful the stadium was. I'm not from Philly, so I thought the rumours of how sterile and run-down the stadium were hyperbole. Nope, they were understated. 56K seats for baseball, and few if any seemed like they'd be good.
Best would be a tie. Yost was a fantastic venue when i was in school (b/f the recent renovation). Felt like I was on top of the ice, and the best energy I've felt at sporting events. Also, Ned Skeldon Stadium - home to the Toledo Mud Hens until 2001 - was just fantastic. You felt like you were going back in time, and there were no sideshows to speak of. Just great baseball, with players on the fringe of making it to The Show. Best baseball experience I've had.
I love Toledo. Probably my second favorite city behind Ann Arbor.
I'd love to live there. Love the Mud Hens, love 5/3 field, love the zoo. Have I ever told you I love Toledo?
You are literally one of the only people I've ever heard say ''I'd love to live in Toledo.''
Ha, i was gonna say the same exact thing. I don't hear many people say they love living in Toledo. And especially don't hear them say its their second favorite city. I definitely don't share the same love of living in Toledo.
I live about a mile from the Ned but haven't been there since i was in grade school so i don't even remember what the inside looks like.
I still play at the Ned.. Can safely say its not as great as it was growing up but it's still fun to think about all past players. Sadly one of my favorite memories when I was little was getting an autograph from Henson when he was in town with the clippers.
Sure it was a dump, but it had cheap tix, free parking, was easy to get to, had seats close to the players, with all those crazy billboard signs on the outfield wall facing the field. 5/3 is new and nice, but it's sort of sterile by comparison.
The Ned was a great stadium. I grew up right down the road and it was always pretty cheap entertainment for my friends and I growing up. I would always rush to the path where the players would head to the clubhouse. I miss that stadium but 5/3 has really brought back attention to the hens, towards the end of The Ned attendance was pretty weak.
Grew up down the street. Used to ride my bike there to be part of the Knot Hole Gang. Used to hang out behind the first base bleachers to try to snag foul balls. Never got a one. At the end of games, you could wait for the players to walk through to the clubhouse and beg for stuff. Once they reached the clubhouse we would take turns banging on the door asking for anything they had.
My crowning moment was hanging out long enough to be handed out a broken bat from Sal Butera. It was AWESOME! He was a catcher and so was I. I kept that bat until my mom asked if we could throw it out. Since he never made it big, and I was in my 20's, I figured it was time.
Another great memory there was a machine that melted wax and poured it into a mold of Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse or some other character. The whole process was right there in front of you and seemed to be like a Rube Golberg type of process. It was great holding the still warm wax figure when it was done. Lots of pride taking that home and setting it on my dresser next to my mini bat when they were crazy enough to have mini bat nights.
Spartan Stadium. I had wet paper towels thrown at me in the bathroom. I can only hope they were wet because of water and not urine. I was also asked by a spartan fan which Michigan campus I was a student at.... I'm not a Michigan student or alum. I was then told that my opinions and comments don't count because I wasn't a student/ alum. The infamous Walmart Wolverine blast.
I just saw a rockies game at Coors and rather liked it. The view of the mountains with the setting sun was amazing. However, that sun was also extremely bright and hard to handle without sunglasses.
The park seemed clean, albeit rather empty and fanless on a Thursday night. The staff was friendly. I thought it was modern enough. Cool rocks and fountains in the outfield. The ball really flies there from the thin air.
I like progressive. Saw the tigers there a couple years back and went to frozen diamond face off last January. Got a couple decent bars around and within walking distance of the Q, the Cleveland browns stadium, lake erie and the rock and roll HOF. Would go back in a heartbeat.
Before the Raiders moved back in the mid-90's the stadium wasn't bad. It was still kind of a concrete jungle but Al Davis had them build the huge abomination of stands in centerfield when the Raiders came back. There used to be little to no stands out there. Just some flowers and shrubs with a nice view of the Oakland hills as a back drop.
The ownership group that bought the team in 2005 have no interest in keeping it here. They've been trying to facilitate a move to San Jose for years.
Oakland stadium as being one of the worst. Funny how it reminded me of Sparty stadium (also a worst pick).
Browns stadium had the worst experience. All their fans want to do is fight and throw crap.
Soldier Field has the worst architecture. Looked like the Jupiter II crashed into the old stadium.
Best: Camp Randall, Wrigley Field, and Petco Park
Other than Michigan, Wisconsin has been my favorite college gameday experience so far. I have been there twice, once drunk and once sober, and enjoyed myself both times. Petco Park is on this list simply because it is a nice stadium in a city with nice weather. I went to a Padres game two days after breaking my elbow on vacation (trying to jump over a tennis net and failed miserably) and still managed to have a great time. Went to Wrigley with my dad when I was younger and watched Sammy Sosa hit two HR's.
Worst: The Metrodome and The Oakland A's Stadium
Had Vikings season tickets with my dad and that place is just a dump. Also, there was always just the wrong combination of farm boys and rich kids at the games that led to alot of fights in our section. It was fun at first, but not when you are interupted every game.
The Oakland A's stadium sucked when I went. The place was empty, I got awful sunburn and the stadium was far from nice.
Best: Michigan Stadium, PNC Park where the Pirates play, and my personal favorite is AT&T park in San Fran where the Giants play. Ive been to a lot of baseball stadiums, but none compares to AT&T park.
Worst: Where the Browns play. Complete shit hole.
I second the Randall Field comment - went there twice, and both times the fans were having so much fun they sort of forgot the game. That was back when the Badgers were not good, so maybe thinks have changed now...
I'd also put in a vote for Mountaineer Stadium - the fans were very funny (back in the Nehlen days), the tailgate out of this world, and if the team is getting beat the view on an autumn day with the leaves changing in the surrounding mountains is incredible. I actually sang "Country Road" at the end, a tradition which should bother my arrogant indie-music loving self but which I instead loved...
Welsh-Ryan Arena (Northwestern) might be the most jaw-dropping embarassment of an arena in D1 athletics. Bar none.
I know a few high schools with better facilities....
I'll be taking that trip this year. I thought memorial stadium was petite. Fans there were ho-hum. We had to walk through their tailgate to get to our car which was not cool.
I've had seats in the rafters several times and its horrible up there. A great view of a POS stadium.
but as a non-NU alum I like how simple and cheap it is. I like Ryan Field for the same reason. And the fans are quite bearable.
Best other stadiums I can think of are Folsom Field at CU (prior to ugly luxury box addition), Tiger Stadium at LSU (night games are amazing and renovations have been done pretty well), and the old World Arena in Colorado Springs where Colorado College played hockey (not sure the ice was even full size and the place was a tinder box, but it was such a small, odd stadium for a D-1 program that I really like it).
Wrigley field blows. However it was great watching the tigers destroy them there last year.
Wrigley Field blows? Did I just hear that right? You must have meant the Cubs organization in general (which I would agree with), because the Friendly Confines are a top-5 park for any reasonable fan of baseball anywhere...
I've been to over 20 MLB parks and, yes, Wrigley Is the worst. It can have all the history and lore it wants, but it's not a good place to watch a game.
I agree. Wrigley just doesn't do it for me. It's a dump.
The place itself is a dump. Infrastructure sucks. Most fans are just there to drink and wear cubs uniforms but know nothing about their team. It's great if you just wanna drink and socialize, which I've been guilty of, but the overall experience is terrible.
I think Wrigley is the best baseball stadium, but I can understand someone saying it's the worst. Most people either love Wrigley or hate it. Sox fans especially hate it.
I can't stand the cubs or their fans, but how do you hate Wrigley? Tigers stadium and old Yankee stadium were awesome dumps too.
Worst: Crisler pre renovation
Best: Crisler after renovation
Tropicana Field and the Rogers Centre are two of the worst baseball stadiums. They both are nothing but plastic. Also, walking around the concourse at "The Trop" made me feel like I was in a comic book.
Absolutely spot on about Tropicana Field. It's embarrassing.
Agreed. Tropicana was hands down the worst mlb field I've ever been to.
I haven't had thepleasure of attending games at many of the stadiums in MLB, but as a Blue Jays fan my entire 39 years I honestly thought the rogers centre would be awesome....and then I actually attended a game.
It was probably pretty cool when it was the first of its kind way back when it was built...but the novelty certain has worn off. They compound that with the artificial turf so not only is it bad as a fan, it sucks as a player as well.
I will say that it is in a great location though. Right in the middle of downtown Toronto with lots to do a places to stay within spitting distance of the stadium. I guess they got that part right at least.
University of Washington Husky Stadium. Opinion is probably skewed by time, but when they were a powerhouse it an unbelievably cool atmosphere on gameday. Beautiful campus, strong, strong tailgate effort (I mean where else could you sample fresh sushi, salmon and shellfish, in the company of countless gorgeous Amerasian women, with giant volcanos looming in the distance?).
My experience there was a life changer. I always represented Michigan, and NEVER had an impolite comment. It was usually something like "great school, my dad went there", or "my second favorite school anywhere".
In addition to dozens of other great games, I saw U Dub absolutely TRUCK Ohio State - and it was one of the best days of my life.
I've been to three Husky games since 2010, and I have to say, I have not been all that impressed. I think the subpar quality of the team has had a lot to do with it, as the general mood of the fans has been more "testy" than "excited." The stadium itself was kind of a dump, even if it is perched right on Lake Washington with a terrific view of Rainier--but they are currently renovating it, so I expect that problem will be taken care of.
I do wish I had been to a game here back in the day, when UW was really good. I think it would have been a completely different experience.
Aren't they completely renovating Husky Stadium? Should be really nice when that's done. The upper decks in there are also seem like they're insanely steep, and when you add the overhang onto it that place must be loud as hell.
The husky stadium was kinda a dump, no lighting in the concourse and it felt like walking around a parking garage. The renovations are completely redoing the concourses so that shoud improve. Tailgating on boats in Lake Washington is awesome though, but it's hard to look good wearing purple to a football game.
But the worst problem with Husky Stadium is the runing track between the stands and the field. It pushes all the seats 30 feet back on the sidelines and about 80 feet back on the endzone.
although I only saw Giants games there, and not the 49ers. What a dump -- no amenities, bad seating, the whole package. Unfortunately, I moved before they built AT&T, and I haven't been back there to see a game since then.
Not sure if it is one of my favorites, but you cannot beat the location right on the water, next to a large Metropolitan city. Hope the new upgrade will turn the stadium into something special that it deserves to be.
Just driving up to the stadium you can tell it is a nightmare. You can't miss the misshapen thing when you are coming from Tampa into St. Pete. I always tell my friends who havent visited it is like watching a baseball game in a Sam's Club. If you sit on the first or third base line you have to shift your body towards home plate and if you don't your neck will hurt for a week. I was at a game were a player hit a pop fly and it hit a steel beam and fell back into play.
Personally, I like Turner Field in Atlanta. Michigan Stadium and seeing the Va.Tech vs Michigan Sugar Bowl in the dome was cool as well.
Worst so far: Vanderbilt Stadium is a bit of an embarrassment for a SEC stadium. Purdue isn't great either, but at least 25,000 Michigan fans make the trip.
I'm not going to give into my bias and say the Big House, even though I should. Outside of Michigan, best stadium experience is either been Wrigley or AT&T Park in San Fran (watching a game on the Bay is awesome). Both are just amazing ballparks. Only pro football stadiums I've been to are Raymond James (shitty acoustics and even shittier video boards) and MetLife (cool but nothing special to me). Busch Stadium in St. Louis is pretty great, too, with downtown and the Arch in the backdrop.
Worst experiences? As far as football goes, Ryan Field at Northwestern. Not that Northwestern fans are assholes, but its just a terrible place to watch a college football game. Its a glorified high school field at best, and I don't really feel like I'm getting the full college football experience. Basketball without question is Value City Arena (OSU). Sat in the student section this year during the Michigan game with all my gear on. I won't do that again. I think the only time I wasn't getting heckled was during the national anthem.
I went to see Dontrelle Willis pitch while I was stationed in Florida. He pitched 8 and 1/3 innings of shutout ball with an 8 run lead. Then the bullpen came in and lost the game 9 to 8. The venue sucked, it was empty, and the fans were terrible.
Baseball Best: AT&T Park is an awesome modern park. It also helped that Matt Cain threw a perfect no hitter last time I was there.
Baseball Worst: Metrodome, what were they thinking with right field. I was a teenager and could tell the place sucked.
Watching a no hitter live in a ballpark is on my bucket list... Just sounds like such a phenomenal event to experience.
I saw Verlander no-hit the Brewers at Comerica Park in 2006 (?). It was something I'll never forget.
I am sentimental about Tiger Stadium, but I like going to Comerica Park so much more.
I don't like Wrigley field either. Been three or four times and always froze my ass off. Also the lovable Cubs things is so obnoxious. The Cubs suck and their fans are stupid for flocking to that shithole to watch them play. When Bartman stole that foul ball I couldn't stop laughing all night. Sorry to my fellow Blue alums from Chicago, but as a Detroit fan I must hate them. Though I do wish I had seen a game at Chicago Stadium.
I'd love to see Dodger Stadium, Fenway, and Lambeau Field. I would not cross the street to see an All-Star game at Tropicana, The "A", or Spartan Stadium. I would NEVER go to the Shoe.
+ 1 semolians for The Olympia. I only saw the Red Wings play there two or three times but that place was a BARN and the fans were right on top of it. That was Hockey Valhalla right there.
PNC Park- the most ideal setting for a baseball game to be played, gorgeous sightlines, beautiful backdrop of the Alleghaeny, plus it has Primanti Bros as a vendor.
Kauffman Stadium- The renovation of Kauffman has done wonders for the park, I was there last year to watch the Tigers get swept all 3 games by the likes of Guthrie, Chen, and Mendoza, but it's certainly a great place to spend a few hours with friends. Who doesn't like fountains anyhow?
Camden Yards- The first of the new breed of stadiums in baseball and it stands out (or stands in if you prefer launching pads.) The walk to the ballpark is certainly something to behold as it sits right next to the B&O Warehouse.
Fenway Park- Now before people jump all over me on this I want to say this is more against the way the field is set up rather than the stadium and the location. I dislike the Green Monster and the Pesky Pole with a monumental passion. These dimensions scream more of a chapter in "Alice in Wonderland" rather than actual dimensions of a baseball stadium, seriously 302 down the right field line and then rounding out like a carousel as you get farther from the pole? And of course the monster turns doubles into singles and if you hit the scoreboard in one of the nooks and crannies you can even leg out a triple of off an easy fly ball in any other park. It's kitschy and stupid.
- Beaver Stadium - Happy Valley sucks, prepare to get verbally assaulted like you've never been before.
I couldn't agree more on Beaver Stadium. Happy Valley sucks and the stadium is just awful.
but the reason you gave for not liking it is really the only redeeming quality I think it has. I love the older stadiums that have something unique about them for just that reason. The green monster at fenway, the ivy at wrigley...anything to set your stadium apart from the others is fine by me. I look at some of the very old stadiums and wish we had similar today, like the old wanderer's grounds. I can't remember if it was the wanderer's grounds or not, but one of the old stadiums outfield had no curves. It was a stright (though diagonal) line from the foul poles to center field. Anything that sets a stadium and playing field apart works for me which is why Fenway and Wrigley and the like will always be stadiums that I will want to visit one day.
I certainly understand the nostalgia aspect of it, I just think it's over the top and takes away from the way the game is meant to be played. You're referencing the Polo Grounds and yes, the outfield is indeed crazy.
at Illinois is the worst experience for me and their fans had much to do with it. Just aweful fans, slack jawed, not very knowledgeable about football.
Pre-renovation but the whole trip sucked and I will probably never return to that place.
Worst Experience ever ! Believe it or not the IU fans were bad, really bad. Old lady's cursing at me, old men talking all sorts of smack, it was like I was in the twilight zone. After we won the game in the final moments it was even worse, me and the group of 5 I was with were just walking back to our car minding our own, discussing how bad our defense was and a group of about 8 or so IU fans pretty much jumped us, spit in my buddy's wife's face and pretty much attacked her while cursing us!! Lets just say it ended ugly for them, but this is the last thing I would ever want at a game, I had never felt more disrespected and shocked at another teams fan-base , it was unreal ! I am the most non-violent dude you could meet and the last thing you want while at an opponents stadium is to be jumped. They got what was coming to them, that day changed my view on IU fans forever and I don't think it will ever change.
Indiana fans are generally assholes when it comes to anything IU.
I went to IU Mich football game in 2006 and I thought their fans were awesome. Maybe it was the fact that everyone knew Michigan would win. Bashing on Ohio fans is always a happy medium to meet at. My only complaint is to the Hoosier fan behind me who got angry every time I stood up to cheer on M. Dude wanted to sit all game and expected to miss nothing.
was my best visting fan experience, by far. Also 2006
I liked IU as well. I was there for a UVA game, though, not a Michigan game, so perhaps there's less animosity. I only got yelled at by one drunk guy, and I just flipped him the bird and carried on, which I consider a pretty tame experience on the road. The only tamer place I've ever been is Boston College. The stadium was recently renovated and was decent on its own, but I really dug the grass tailgating lots.
This was my third trip to IU when they faced Michigan and the first two were great times. Maybe there was something in the water that day?
Spartan stadium was pretty turrible. People were threatening to kick my ass after the choke job/Brady Quinn show in 06 while walking out with recruits. Bunch of drunken morans. I regret getting a picture with Jason Richardson too.
Never had a bad seat. I once sat two rows from the top for a '92 game against the Blue Jays and I could see everything without ever losing sight of the play.
Worst: Houston Astrodome. Great for little leaguers to run around on the field and upstage the major leaguers. Terrible for actually watching a game, unless you like the stale environment of baseball played inside a storage facility.
I loved Tiger Stadium. It was a shrine to my 9 year old self. So, the best thing ever in terms of my childhood, was a game vs. the Angels, circa 1976. Nolan Ryan on the hill, one hit the Tigers into the bottom of the 9th, up 3-1.
Walked LeFlore, base hit to someone, runners at first and 3rd. The sun was shining, it was hot, the place smelled like year old beer and vomit, and Rusty Staub stepped up. He golf-swung at an inside and low fastball, and hit it directly into the facing of the upper deck in right, the ball still rising when it hit the facade.
Tigers win 4-3 on a 3 hitter by Ryan.
Loved Tiger Stadium , but don't miss it a single bit. Other than the allure of the field glowing green amid the darkness of the surrounding stadium, it was a shithole.
When I was living in NYC in 2007, I attended Army-Tulane at Michie Stadium in West Point. It was a Michigan bye week, and having nothing better to do my buddy (Notre Dame Naval ROTC grad) and I wandered up the Hudson River for the game.
Visiting the USMA campus on gameday is one of the few times you can walk the campus unescorted, as long as you stay out of the posted off-limits areas. The "post" - don't call it a campus to a Cadet - is fantastically beautiful on an autumn afternoon:
We sadly missed the game day Cadet Review (hungover) , but apparently its fantastic:
Great tailgating, we were invited to more tents than I can remember. Great people, nearly all USMA alumni, their families, and proud parents. 20 minutes before kickoff the Cadet Regiment marches on the field - 1000 Cadets, it takes more than 5 minutes. Then the Army Band play the National Anthem. Spine tingling.
Michie Stadium itself is one of the most dramatic places to watch a game, especially during the autumn colors:
It's intimate and fun. The level of play is (obviously) lower than you find at Michgan Stadium, but the fact that every player on the field was (is) headed to war on graduation, and the passion that the Cadets had made it one of the greatest sporting events I have attended. Oh, and it was an amazing game - Army scored on a last second, deflected, desperation touchdown throw to tie the game then won on a field goal in OT.
Highly recommended, a close second game-day experience to Ann Arbor.
When I was 14 in 1994, my good friend Mark, who is a Buckeye fan from a Buckeye family, invited me to see the Buckeyes mutilate Houston. My first trip to the Horseshoe. I wore a white shirt and khakis. Black socks and Michigan boxers. My view was partially blocked by a pillar. There were advertisements everywhere. The people were rude and vulgar. They were still taunting the Houston team during the 4th quarter, when the third string was in. We had Donato's pizza for dinner after the game. Not interested in going back to Columbus for a football game. Would not take my wife and four kids. Would even pick Camp Randall over the Horseshoe if forced.
...that I really dislike because I find them all to be interesting in some way or another.
As for favorites, yeah, the obvious ones like Tiger Stadium but I'll also add the Pontiac Silverdome as perhaps my favorite underrated stadium. During the heyday of the Barry Sanders era, it was pretty fun and I've never heard any place louder than when that old dome was rocking.
I am just an overall fan of the stadium experience, but my favorites include:
1. The Big House (No other stadium can just match up to the overall experience)
2. Dean Smith Center (Easily one of the best arenas/domes in the nation)
3. Great American Ballpark (Saw the Tigers play there last year, and the experience was phenomenal... Fans were very nice as well)
Best can range from the Big House and Comerica (obviously) and my alma mater (Falcon Stadium, AFA) but I really do love Wrigley for the history of it. Even the old Tiger Stadium was classic in that respect.
Worst places all deal with the fans, such as Fenway, even though it's considered a classic. But THE WORST was also in Boston...went to see UM play Boston College in the early 90s. I had full beer cans thrown at me from behind in the stands. Worst fans anywhere.
Best: Michigan Stadium (let me count the ways). My homerism notwithstanding, seeing so many people in one place is a shock to the senses. I love the simplicity of the design.
Worst: Superdome. My only visit was the 2012 Sugar Bowl. While we all loved the outcome, I was not impressed with the venue. Many of the seats far from the field, poor lighting. Artificial atmosphere for college football.
Completely agree the configuration is awful and the lighting was like a movie theater. we were goin to sit in the upper deck but found lower seats that turned out terrible I think we would have been better off sitting higher with more lighting.
The Best ... Obviously.
The Worst ... I have to go with Wrigley Field
I think the game experience at Wrigley as well as the surrounding neighborhood are some of the best anywhere, but the physical building is pretty thread bare. Even Yankee Stadium, Camden Yards, Tiger Stadium and Comiskey Park were replaced. Time for a new ballpark.
They are completely gutting and renovating Wrigley so the new park will have to wait.
Maybe you're thinking of Memorial Stadium which I thought was a dump.
The Van Andel arena in Grand Rapids is a nice small arena. It has a nice number of bars surrounding the area and it brings in some decent concerts.
I've seen pearl jam and the Smashing Pumpkins play there. I've see a couple Michigan hockey regional games too.
Solid arena and the neighbor hood is a blast.
We road tripped to the game last year and I was the odd man out for our groups sweetheart ticket hook up. Having no fear I purchased a single endzone seat about 50 rows up and sat in a sea of red. But unlike our classless neighbors to the southeast, I was surrounded by enthusiastic, knowledgeable football junkies. It was a great experience where I must have shaken hands with 200 complete strangers. Even as the game got ugly post Denard, the Husker fans stayed classy and friendly. I think I got asked 25 times..."did you really drive this far to come to a football game?"
I would recommend the trip to all road warriors, extra caffiene drinks required for driving through Iowa...yawn. The Nebraska Masonic Grand Lodge is near the stadium as well for my fellow Mason Wolverines.
I think I am a bit against the grain, here.
First, I really like going to games at MSU. Their stadium is just okay, and yes, their fans can be real jerks (in 1993, I went to see UM-MSU there and as we were leaving the student section at the end of the game several full-on punches were thrown at us, to which I was like, "dude, you won? Why you mad?"). But most are okay, and overall I think they have the best tailgating scene of anwyere I've been.
Second, Northwestern is probably my favorite place to see Michigan play (not counting A2). It's a virtual home game, you can take the El to-and-from, and after the game you can party in Chicago. Yeah, the stadium is rinky-dink, but I don't mind that so long as I have a good view of the game--which I always have.
I also like Bloomington. The last time I went to a game there, we paid $5 for tickets in the parking lot and wound up sitting basically around row 20 on the 35 yard-line. And Bloomington is an attractive college town with lots of fun stuff to do.
...the old King Dome in Seattle. Saw the Mariners in front of several thousand or so. The place had a cement roof. As dreary as you can imagine. Like watching a game inside a crypt.
Michigan won the '89 NCAA national championship there, so it will always be beautiful to me.
no concrete fell from the roof during those glorius games against Illinois and Seton Hall.
Hail to the Victors!
Best: Michigan Stadium, Cowboys Stadium
Worst: Purdue, Lucas Oil Stadium( only because the one game I went to, with company tickets, was in nose bleeds and I watched the game on a TV)
I've been to Lucas Oil two years in a row for Supercross and I thought it was an awesome venue. Lots of really cool stuff on the inside, big roomy seats, decent food. Plus it's Indy! Everything is right downtown.
Best: Nationals Park in DC is dynamite. Good sight lines and very well done.
Worst: Can't really say. I've never been to a truly awful venue, but I'm sure that will change when I finally make the trip to Columbus.
It's not an expensive or flashy place, but it's not bad. If you're high up, you're a little far back but not any different than any other new stadium. Some people are disappointed that it didn't have a cool view like Comerica or other palces. There's also nothing around it in terms of bars and the like. As it was explained to me, 2008 was not the best year to try to get development started. Finally, they could do more with the fact that it's right by the Anacostia river.
There isn't much happening outside the stadium. I suspect that will change for the better as the economy continues to grow.
Best: Michigan Stadium. I was a student from 1995- 1999, and memories of those games are some of my most cherished. Next I would have to say AT&T Park- great sightlines, the fans enjoy the game, and the setting is beautiful.
Worst: RFK in DC. I went to see a Nationals game there before they left for their current stadium. We had cheapo upper deck seats. The game was delayed by rain, during which I ran to the men's room. The upper deck men's room was flood due to rain. It was disgusting.
It was built for boxing, so no matter where you were you had a great view of mid court. We were in a loge-type section with the deck above us hanging over so close that every shot at the other end of the arena disappeared from view. To check out a score board you bend down below your knees to see, which made verything upside down.
I went to the 2011 game at msu. This is the year before they got new scoreboards, so they only had one actual replay screen which was ridiculously small. The outside of the stadium reminds you of a parking garage with all the concrete, and the visitor's side actually has a gas station attached to it. The inside is just generic. Everything is gray. The wall around the field, the rim around the top of the stadium, the seats, all gray. At least the new press box looks pretty good.
I will admit it got pretty loud as it should for their biggest game of the year, but the atmosphere was like minor league baseball. They even had the which helmet is the ball under game on the scoreboard. Lame.
Spartan stadium, whatever miami's stadium is called proplayer or land shark or whatever, the silverdome for a pistons game!, jou Louis from the outside
Best: not sure if best, but most unique was seeing the expos at estade olympique in like 2002 or something on Tim Raines night. Such a weird fun night in a wierd fun city. And I will admit that ND stadium delivered.
Nd stadium is great much like Michigan only issue is no video screens always pissed me off
Joe Louis Arena. Great name, great history, absolute shithole. As some out of town writer said, "It was old when it was new." It's packed into the part of town I affectionately call "Coleman Young's Eastern Bloc Architecture." No bar scene around it, you park a mile away and must face the possible mugging when you leave. Ilitch can't build a new arena fast enough.
I love the Joe atmosphere during the playoffs but there's no doubt it's built in a horrible spot. Jammed in next to the Lodge, Cobo, and the Detroit river. No great spots to park unless you want to park in the parking structure. Even then, it takes 45 minutes to get out after games. Jefferson is available. People park up and down it every game. Too bad you get a $30 parking ticket from the city when you park there.
Best stadium: Michigan stadium by far but the rose bowl is like no other went there in 04, 05, 07. Games weren't all great but the walk to the stadium the seventy and the atmosphere is amazin.
Worst stadium: Ryan field in Chicago was more like a home game for Michigan lol also the sugar bowl in 2012. Great game but terrible seat configuration could barely see a thing and we were at the 20 yard line
Reading through this thread, I'm kind of surprised that the Rose Bowl hasn't gotten more love.
I have a feeling we will all have a new addition to the worst list come September- the Rent in East Hartford
Best- The Rose Bowl. Not sure how this wasn't mentioned. Great stadium, great games, and maybe the most beautiful venue to play football. Honorable mention: Notre Dame Stadium, because it was based on Michigan Stadium.
Worst- The environment at Ohio State is awful, and the stadium looks like a prison, but it's still special to play there. MSU is a pro stadium on a college campus. Indiana is a high school stadium on a college campus. The Cap 1 bowl is pretty rundown inside and the neighborhood. But the worst was probably the Alamo Bowl. Great city, but horrible stadium; like playing in an arena league field.
I'm interested to hear your take as to how MSU is like a pro stadium. I have been to nicer NFL practice facilities.
Cookie-cutter towers and upper decks, blaring sound (before everyone was doing it), advertisement and cheese on the big screen, and the worst set up "tributes" around the Stadium I've ever seen.
FedEx is an abomination. There are more accurate words but aren't appropriate for this (or any) forum.
Horrible location. Erector Set construction. Generally obnoxious and drunk fans.
Best Stadium is Comerica, Michigan Stadium, Tiger Stadium, and ACC in Toronto
Worst are Rogers Centre (Skydome), Olympic Stadium, McMahon Stadium(Calgary Stampeders home)
Best (Homer Edition):
Wrigley Field - As an 8 years die hard, it was the best game I have ever been at. As a young 20something now, it is enjoyable for other reasons
The Big House - dah
Ford Field - ya the team sucks, but I love the place and for that 2011 run, it was rocking
Great American Ballpark in Cincy - very cool and right on the river and replaced the dump before it
The Pit (New Mexico basketball) - The only sport that school cares about is basketball. The fans are a bit rough but I liked that and it is LOUD.
Miller Park - I haven't been since '04 but I really liked it as a young teen
That God awful pace in Fort Wayne where we had to watch the biggest hockey screw job ever (spring 2010)
Penn State - People talk up Happy Valley but i hated it and the city for that matter. The game (2010) pry had something to do with it, but it felt like a cheap pro stadium and the sight lines sucked
Metrodome (for baseball) - it was a bad football stadium that was even worse for baseball
It is nothing in comparison to Michigan or any of the other great college stadiums out there but for a MAC school I really enjoyed The Doyt. I did go to BGSU so I am bias but I believe it is the smallest stadium in the MAC and it provides a very intimate feeling for college football. I think I heard they are doing some renovations to the offices and training center so I hope they don't distrust the stadium itself.
When the Toledo-BG game was played the day after Thanksgiving the stadium would be packed and everyone would be freezing their asses off but those games were fun. Also enjoyed the middle if the week MAC game. Gave us something to do during the week other than study. Miami in 2006 is memorable just because it was a mud pit, last year they had grass.
My three favorites are:
Tenessee - Neyland Stadium
Tailgating is the SEC is awesome. Was there for a Florida-UT game and some of the tailgaters were grilling aligator (kinda rangy and tough) Neyland is a great stadium in the heart of Campus and is a big stadium. The Pride of the Southland Band playing Rockey Top was just terrific.
Oregon - Autzen Stadium
Lloyd Carr called it the loudest stadium he ever coached in, and the announcer proclaims in never rains in Autzen, but it sure did drizzle when I was there for the Cal game a few years ago. Only 60k fans but they were intense and it was a Thursday night game. Good tailgating outside the stadium, but really the excitement of games there is nearly impossible to match.
Alabama - Bryant Denny Stadium
I was there for the Iron Bowl, so it may have been crazier than normal, but damn those are some passionate fans. It's amazing how much people (especially the girls) get dressed up for the games. The student section is open seating though, so we had to get there 3 hours before the game, but got great seats. But that does kinda kill your buzz before kick-off so we snuck in about 6 single shots of Jim Beam each. The entire stadium stood for nearly the whole game. But the one weird thing about Bryant-Denny is that they had a seperate area of the student section reserved for the fraternaties and sororities.
Why can't we replicate that((standing the whole game) at Michigan?
I'm going to go with Lambeau Field as my bestie. Can't beat the atmosphere as far as NFL stadiums go. Awesome tailgating, although I'm not a huge fan of the current seating expansion they're putting in. (Too Beaver Stadium-ish for my tastes).
Unfortunately, Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti is probably my worstie. Not much personality to it.
Best - Obviously the Big House...no need to explain why.
Worst - Ryan Field (Northwestern) Could not hear the PA guy or the ref the whole game so we never knew what penalties were called or anything. Couldn't see the screen from where we were sitting (and they weren't bad seats). Had to go on a LOOOONGGG walk just for the bathroom/concessions. Just a terrible experience.
Worst: Spartan Stadium. Fandom aside, it's seriously a dive. Then you fill it with 70,000 a-holes (or 50,000 for the other half of the season) and it's an awful place to be
Worst: Georgia Dome. In many ways it is like the Sliverdome, but the Silverdome actually had good sightlines and was a fun venue. The Georgia Dome is kind of a generic dome and the gameday atmosphere is pretty much non-existent.
Joe Louis Arena. For all the history and awesomeness that is JLA, it has some bad seats and is just old. Some of the things like the boards and the stairs up to the entrance are iconic to the point where I wouldn't mind them renovating it for a few years and having the Wings play at the Palace, or something.
Best: Mile High/Sports Authority Field. Denver has some awesome sports fans and the stadium (while lacking good scoreboards) is filled with nice, loud, and funny people that seem to know their football. At halftime there is a rush to the concourses where they openly pass joints around and the beer and food is not terribly expensive.
Michigan Stadium. Biased, yes, but there is just so much history and the stadium looks and feels amazing. There is something missing from some places like Tiger Field at LSU and DKR in Austin and Michigan Stadium has it.
Is the biggest shit-hole in the entire NHL. Via my travels with work I have been to about 3/4 of NHL venues and JLA is by FAR the worst I have been to....embarrassing for place called hockeytown.
For football it would have to be spartan stadium...do I need to list the reasons?
I think moving to the Eastern Conference will open some Wings fans eyes. Having been to ACC in Toronto, Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Belle Center in Montreal, and First Niagara Center I honestly think the Wings will have the worst arena outside of Florida.
Best Arenas: Air Canada Center, and Staples in my travels.
I've never had a bad seat or time at the Joe.
The outside and concourses of JLA may suck, but if there's anything it gets points for it's great seats pretty much everywhere. There aren't any luxury boxes seperating the lower and upper bowls so you aren't in space if you sit in the upper bowl like you are at the palace. I've been in the last row and the view was still great.
Michigan stadium (of course). Love my club seats and the ammenities.
Fenway Park - saw many a game from the center field bleachers and those were great seats
Wrigley Field - probably because it reminds me of Fenway.
Arrowhead Stadium - it's a bit dated, but it was totally built for football. Great sight lines and you feel close to field.
And...a tip of the cap to Comerica Park. Saw a game there last year and really liked it.
Memorial Stadium in Cham-bana. What an ugly POS with ugly fans too.
Ryan Field - yes, both college teams in Illinois play in shitty stadiums. I prefer the visitor side to the home side. Lots of crap to interfere with the sight lines and you are so far away from their mini Jumbo-tron it's a micro-tron. I was there for the Justin Fargas monsoon game and you needed hip waders to get to the bathrooms and concessions under the stands.
Yankee Stadium...the previous one. Similar to the old Tiger Stadium with even less charm. They might have been better off with an upper deck all the way around the field. The monuments weren't even easy to see.
Comiskey Park - upper deck was a joke and I think they had all of 2 toilets for everyone up there.
Tiger Stadium - for football. Most of you never had the chance to see the Lions play the Rams on Thanksgiving day when Roman Gabriel was the Rams QB and Alex Karras chased his ass around the field. I assume there were a few decent seats for football, but I never got near any of them. Football was not made to be played in baseball stadiums. It should be forbidden by law.
I will exclude from the "worst" list venues being used for a sport it wasn't designed for (e.g., I won't list Ford Field as the worst hockey stadium I have been to, even though it is the worst place I have ever seen a hockey game.
Baseball: Best--Wrigley Field. My first game there was in 1978, before they were trendy. Like watching a major league game at Fisher Stadium. I have been back several times recently, and unfortunately the team's popularity has filled the stadium with hipsters and d-bags (also see Fenway Park). Still a great stadium, though. Worst--Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. Seriously, what were they thinking? Was there some committee telling the architects, "well, that design is ok, but could you move the seats further from the field? And make it more saucer-shaped. Everybody knows all baseball stadiums will be saucer-shaped in the future."
Football: Best--Michigan Stadium, obviously. Close runner up: The Rose Bowl. Not because it's a great place to see a game (it isn't), but because of the atmosphere. It's like stepping back in time to the '40s or '50s, when college football was the only sport they cared about in California and before half the LA basin turned into a parking lot. The sun setting during the fourth quarter of a Rose Bowl and the Pasadena sky turning from blue to orange to black is quite possibly the best thing in sports. If only you could see the game from the end zones. Second runner up: Ford Field. Worst--The Superdome. That place is just sad. See Riverfront Stadium above. The 1970s weren't exactly the proudest moment in stadium design.
Basketball: Best--The Crisler Center. Worst--Crisler Arena. Yes, I'm aware that is the same venue.
Hockey: Best--Xcel Energy Center, St Paul. Wonderfully designed, huge concourses, great atmosphere for a college hockey game. Close runner up: Tampa Bay Times Forum, believe it or not. Worst--Joe Louis Arena, and it's not even close. It's the Comiskey Park of hockey arenas--built just a few years too early, before they figured out how to build them right.
EDIT: I just noticed that all 4 of my "worst" venues were finished in the time period 1967-1979. I'm certainly glad we put that trend behind us, and we are back to building arenas and stadia with the fan in mind.
2) Notre Dame - nice stadium and the fans were OK.
3) South Carolina - Williams Brice Stadium is OK, the fans were nice and M won 34-3.
1) Orange Bowl - Smelly, sticky and hot.
2) Landshark/Joe Robbie/Your Name Here Stadium - Sterile, with obnoxious fans
3) EMU - Plenty of good seats available.
Baseball best - Tiger Stadium
Worst - Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. Almost got Johnny Bench's autograph, though.
Hockey best - Olympia. Was 12 years old in the first row behind the Flyers bench.
Worst - Munn. Full of Spartans.
Basketball best - The new Crisler.
Worst - The Superdome, three rows from the top.
Football: Big House of course
Home of the Giants
I haven't attended too many sporting events at different stadiums, but...
1. Wrigley Field - I was there for the first ever night game (even tho I was younger) and still remember the buzz when the lights came on and the sky went black and it was just this scene out of time. Been a bunch of times and even though the stadium foundation is shit, the overall feel of the place can't be duplicated.
2. Michigan Stadium - Went for the first time a couple of years ago and I've never had chills like I had walking down the train tracks towards the tailgate and then going into the stadium and seeing this awesome mass of people all waiting for the same thing.
3. Madison Square Garden - Great place to see a hockey/basketball game and the way it just opens up into the middle of New York is fantastic. The amenities aren't there, but otherwise it doesn't feel like a crumbling structure.
HONORABLE MENTION: Comcast Center at University of Maryland. Beautiful facility for college basketball. Petco Park. Great location, nice stadium. Nobody gives a crap about the team though.
1. Qualcomm Stadium - Old, decrepit, there's nothing around there within walking distance and it's impossible to get to. The sight lines are awful if you aren't at field level and the extras simply don't exist. Just awful.
2. FedEx Field - If you are in the second or third level be prepared to duck your head to see anything like you're looking under a car for spare change or something. Why they built it all the way out in the burbs is beyond me, but I want my stadiums to be SOMEWHERE, if that makes sense. Considering they ditched RFK (another dump) for this place is at best, a mild upgrade.
3. The Meadowlands - Ugh. New Jersey. Haven't been there since the renovation, but it was always cramped and drafty and there was nowhere to use the bathroom or get a beer. I only went twice, and both times I had zero fun.
Would love to check out AT&T Park, PNC Park, some of the SEC stadiums, and
Baseball - nothing compares to Fenway it's like turning back the clock. Wrigley is a good pregame experience but once the game starts the fans and park are shitty. Wrigley would be the same if a A team played there.
Football - Michigan stadium is like nothing else on a Saturday. Ohio stadium has blocked views, seating is confusing with too many small hallways and everyone who has been there can tell you about the fans although they were calmer than expected. Head down and do not respond to taunting is the best idea.
I will say I have been to over 20 baseball parks and ones I liked are Tiger, old San Fran, Dodger Stadium and the best new park is Comerica. I am a Reds fan and Comerica > GABP
- Michigan/Detroit Bias - Michigan, Olympia, Tiger; not to be cliche, but really, how do you not put these iconic venues at the top of your list?
- Rose Bowl - saw a USC/UCLA game and a couple of UM Rose Bowls here. Classic football stadium design in a beautiful CA setting with the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance.
- Camp Randall - best College Football pre-game atmosphere ever (sorry UM, but gotta be honest here).
- Camden Yards - first of the new "retro parks", they got it right the first time and provided the gold standard for all ensuing new baseball stadiums.
- Superdome - OK, it's a dome, but great NOLA vibes, music, food and drink. They really know how to throw a party, which more than compensates for the dome stigma.
- Kingdome/Metrodome - only saw baseball games at both muti-purpose monstrosities. Both stadiums were grey, depressing, lifeless, soul-sucking. Worst-ever venues for baseball.
- Silverdome - in the middle of God-Fersaken Pontiac MI. Watched Bengals v 49ers in the XXII Super Bowl along with several Lions games and misc Stadium Concerts. After 20+ years of vacancy, the CIty of Pontiac eventually sold the property to a Candian investor for $583K?!?
- Riverfront/Veterans - two God-Awful early 70s Multi-Purpose Stadiums (Pittsburgh and St Louis also come to mind) void of any personality, local character, unique features or grass.
- RFK - saw a couple Redskins games and Grateful Dead shows too numerous to mention/remember. Another early 70s multi-purpose stadium, conveniently located off the Metro but in a bad DC neighborhood. The only improvement over Riverfront/Veterans was their natural grass field.
Worst: The superdome is absolutely horrible, also MSU
where they hold the Capitol One and former Citrus Bowl. A true pit.
Best - The Rose Bowl. Yet another mini version of Michigan Stadium. The hills of Pasadena in the background make a great view.
Yost Ice Arena - I have gone to a few michigan away hockey games and no other ice arena compares to Yost (pre-renovations). The fans were on top on the ice, packed in, and crazy. The renovations have changed things a bit and the Children of Yost are still getting used to the new setup. I think by the end of the season the fans started to regain their mojo.
Williams-Bryce Stadium (Columbia, South Carolina) - There is something special about southern football. The atmosphere is great with southern BBQ, the CockaBoose, the gamecocks and Cocky coming out to the band playing 2001.
Lousiana Superdome - The atmosphere around the Super Dome makes for a great atmosphere. I had the time of my life "tailgating" on Bourbon Street before the Sugar Bowl. I was in the executive 2nd deck for the game around the 30 yard line and had a great view. The Super Dome can get loud as hell when the fans go crazy.
Camp Randall - Went for the Wisconsin/Michigan outdoor hockey game. Had a great time pre-gaming in Madison. Even a half-full stadium got rocking for the "4th period" with jump around. I actually got hasseled more for being a Wings fan than Michigan (got a lot of F the Red Wings chants even though I was wearing a Michigan hockey sweater).
Raymond James Stadium - By far the worst stadium I have been visited. The sightlines are terrible. The jumbotron malfunctions and only shows the top of the camera view. There is no atmosphere around the stadium.
Joe Louis Arena - I hate to say it as a die hard Wings fan, but they deserve much better. The Joe is a complete dump. It looks way too industrial inside and outside. However, the Joe gets bonus points for serving very large Molson Triple XXX. I cannot wait until the Joe is built near Tiger Stadium. One of my favorite hockey memories was celebrating with other Wings fans at Joe Vision and in Joe parking garage after the Wings won the cup against the Pens.
Memorial Stadium (Champaign, Ill) - Good lord that stadium is depressing. Went my senior at Purdue. Illinois was doing decent that season. However, only about 1000 students showed. Man their students sucked. F Purdue was their most creative cheer and student t shirt.
Best: Safeco Field - I like to arrive early to games to take in batting practice, when I do I try to find a location with bad sightlines/ bad experience in general. I have not found that yet after numerous attempts. I wish they could have included more of the skyline into the stadium but overall I give it an A.
Memorial Stadium (Portland, Or.) The Portland Winterhawks of the WHL play most of their games here. The place is old and terrible in most every way, but the fans and atmosphere make it a great place to watch hockey.
Worst: Oakland Whatever It's Being Called This Year Stadium. Went in late July on a hot day and it was freezing and windy beyond belief. Fans were great but that place needs to be demolished.
Civic Stadium (Eugene, Or.) I played a game here in high school and while it was cool to play in a minor league stadium the place is terrible. The club house/locker room lights and power were not working and there was only cold water for showers. It felt like a cave.
On the good side, Camden Yards is all it's cracked up to be. Loved that place.
I mentioned it above, but IU's grass tailgating lots are excellent. The stadium is OK, nice, not great, but the tailgating was better, I think, than just in a parking lot, and one thing it's definitely got on the Big House is that you can get in and out in less than 45 minutes each way.
Probably my least favorite stadium was the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. There aren't concourses per se. The "upper deck" is a totally separate structure - just a huge concrete skeleton built over and around the lower bowl - and the whole thing is concrete, concrete, concrete. The concourse, such as it is, is just the pavement outside the stadium ringed by a chain link fence. Bathrooms are basically cement-block sheds. The place where we sat used to be bleachers, but they had decided to staple seat bottoms to them. Which I suppose is nice if the game is a sellout, but it really limits your moving-around options - you can't scoot a couple inches to the right or left because then your butt is between seats. Place is a dump.
Worst: the old Memorial Stadium in Cleveland
O"Harra Stadium, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City, SD.
How do you top a triple-tiered, drive-in football stadium?
Never have to choose between continuing the tailgate party or being late for kickoff!
Obvious faves are obvious: Yost & the Big House
the old Chicago Stadium, torn down in 1993. It had insane acoustics and was ear-splittlingly loud. When I was in the 5th grade, when the bulls were heading towards the title and the blackhawks to a cup appearance vs Pittsburgh, my dad took me to two games there in one weekend, a Bulls one on Saturday and the Hawks on Sunday. My ears were still ringing on Wednesday. I miss that place, it was so good.
Welsh-Ryan in Evanston sucks for college hoops. I love Wrigley, the tradition, the ivy, etc, but there are parts of that place that smell like piss.
It was torn down when I was 6, but I remember going to a few Bulls games there and 1 Blackhawks game. During the Anthem at the Hawks' game I remember they put a camera shot of the outside of the building on the jumbotron. We had seats in the upper deck and I thought the building was going to collapse. It shook. it shook on the Jumbotron. The jumbotron itself was shaking. I love the United Center, and Corneilson does an amazing job with the Anthem, but having that memory as a 5-6 year old of Messmer belting out the anthem in the Stadium is something I'm proud to have witnessed.
Remember the Roar
Seen baseball, football and basketball there and it sucked for all three.
Many years ago, I walked inside the Kingdome on a beautiful Seattle summer evening, blue sky, sunshine. Found nothing but gray walls made of poured concrete. Plus, the field was surrounded by a wall about 8 feet high of--what else--poured concrete. And of course the game was played on the bad astroturf of the 80's. It was the single most depressing venue for watching a baseball game I have ever seen.
Some nice ones: Beaver Stadium, ND Stadium, Ohio Stadium, Xcel Energy Center, United Center (fans suck), Nationwide Arena
Not so nice: Ross-Ade, Ryan Field, Munn Ice Arena
I can take or leave Wrigley. The actual watchability of the game suffers without replay, but it is a fun place to be for a game (I was there but on a rooftop last night in the fog-out).
Same thing goes for the Joe. We have a lot of tradition there, but it is just time to get a new rink.
Worst - Baseball in the old Seattle Kingdome. Only went to catch Willie Horton as DH.
Best - Rose Bowl for 1979 Phantom Touchdown game.
I haven't traveled to a lot of stadiums/arenas so I can't comment on much but I have been to MSG. Not a whole lot to complain about except for the fact that you have to walk a mile and a half to get to your seats. Or at least it seemed that way. East side, tower 5, section 240, row 30, seat 12.
Best - ( Non Michigan Stadiums) Great American Ballpark in Arlington- beautiful stadium,nice fans.
Indiana - Memorial Stadium - great tailgate, nice fans, Bloomington has nice bars also, but the stadium was nice. I'd go back again.
Wrigley - I love the old school feel to the park, if they get the renovations done right, it will be a gem again.
St. Paul - The Hockey Arena is beautiful, have been their twice, once for the national title game game in hockey and once for a wings/wild game. Beautiful arena, heck they even give you seats for standing room. And not far froma cool italian place to eat at also.
Worst - Camp Randall - The fans are assholes, no parking anywhere, and the fans are assholes. It's just a big block of trash !
Ryan Field - What a dump, they ran out of Coke at halftime, the Video Boards don't work, the PA system sucks.Hell they don't even have lights connected to that dump, they gotta bring them in from the outside portable.
Klotsche Center - UW-Milwaukee - The Panthers moved from US Cellular Arena back to campus for the 12-13 season. This place makes Welsh-Ryan look like the United Center.
Miller Park - Great tailgate atmosphere. thats about it. Brewers fans are assholes, but not as big of ones as White sox fans are. The stadium is as cookie cutter as it gets inside. It has no real baseball feel inside.at least there is a TGI Fridays in the stadium so you can get hammered.
U.S. Prison Cell Field aka White Sox stadium - The Amenities around it suck, the bar across the street from the stadium sucks- the bacardi one, and the fans are the biggest assholes of any baseball fans i have met. And they make you stop tailgaiting as soon as the game starts.
I really enjoy the environment at Beaver Stadium at PSU. The tailgating is great, the fans are a lot of fun and very inspired, they are also fairly understanding of other fans as I have seen UM play there a number of times and wore UM gear and didn't get too much crap, and the student section is really big. All in all for college football it's the best place I've gone to a game, and it's super easy to get in and out of as it's in the middle of nowhere. FYI I haven't been to Michigan Stadium since I was a child and don't remember it.
For baseball I really like Fenway. The fans are great, the stadium is old but has a lot of history, and Boston is a great city with lots to do and tons of sports bars around the stadium. Parking sucks, but if you take the train in it's awesome. For a small venue, I love Hadlock Field where the Portland Sea Dogs (Portland, Maine) play, who are the AA affiliate to the Red Sox. I used to work for them, but it is an awesome place to watch baseball if you like baseball. There aren't many minor league experiences better than the Sea Dogs.
I never liked the old Yankee Stadium, but I haven't been the the new one yet. I didn't really like the Old Three Rivers Stadium either or the old Vet in Philly, but Three Rivers was worse IMO. But, Camden Yards is also a great place as is Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The University of Phoenix Stadium is really nice and easy to get in and out of, but the fan experience isn't quite the same as it is in a college town. The Phoenix area is cool, but is by no means a football town, but the stadium itself is pretty nice.
But you were so much closer to the action in Tiger Stadium than Comerica, I don't know how you can prefer the sightlines there. Now when you went, it was a dump, because Ilitch spent a decade letting it go to hell so he could get people to fund him a new stadium in his Foxtown area rather than fixing that one up (which they could have). But it was a better building in a more classic area, and most importantly, much better to watch baseball in. Comerica is fine for what it is- a modern stadium that's a knock off of every one before it, which is great if you want to ride a ferris wheel instead of see a baseball game.
Having recently moved to the Bay Area, I have gone to Candlestick, the Coliseum, AT&T, and HP. Candlestick was awful. We were told that the lines were terrible so it would be wise to try and get a seat early. I remember getting into the ticket line about 50 or so minutes before kickoff and we didn't get to our seat until around 5 minutes into the 1st quarter. No organization whatsoever. The Coliseum was actually a much more entertaining gameday environment and Raider fans were generally more cordial and interesting than Niners fans. Though I detest the Sharks, HP is a really, really nice hockey arena and AT&T offers some of the most gorgeous views around. Of course, no gameday environment will ever compare to an Ann Arbor Saturday but I suppose that goes without saying.
Ohio Stadium - Wear a rain coat to shed the beer or worse that will be dumped on or thrown at you. But every Michigan fan should make the pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime. Just to know who and what you're dealing with when it comes to Ohio.
LA Coliseum - Julius Ceasar would feel at home. Flak jacket is optional.
Worst stadium (based on experience): Camp Randall in Madison. I was there in the 70s my freshman year with the Michigan Band. The students were either allowed to drink or smuggled in bottles, but there were lots of them. By the second half, the bottles started raining out of the upper deck at the band. Fortunately they were too drunk to have good aim as I don't recall anyone being hit.
The same year we went to the Horseshoe and as our buses were leaving following the Mike Lantry missed FG that cost us the victory, the line of C-Bus cops that was directing traffic stood in a line and flipped off our buses. Class act. The students there were the same mouthy, beligerent ones that attent today, but at least they didn't throw anything at us.
... Tiger Stadium, Fenway, and Wrigley, the Big House and the Rose Bowl. Not a fan of Oakland Coliseum, but AT&T park is wonderful.
One I haven't seen mentioned that I really like is the park that the Staten Island Yankees play in. It seats about 5000 (it's the Yankees Class A affiliate if I recall) and sits right on the water's edge, so you see the sun set over NYC as ships cruise by. It got a big renovation in 2001 and was clean and beautiful when I went - we had seats right behind first base in the first row, and were wondering if an errant throw would bean someone. A great experience.
Disagree with Fenway
One of my personal favorites was watching the Red Wings play at the old Olympia Stadium. The place was a dump, but there wasn't a bad seat in the house.
Most people will probably hammer me for this. But I say Fenway. Get past the tradition for a moment.
1. Parking sucks and is expensive. Typically have to walk along ways to the stadium.
2. Horrible asshole fans! Probably worst in all of sports
3. Views being home, first and third suck!!!! Poles in way of view.
4. Shitty location outside of town.
5. Old as hell, bathrooms falling apart smell like hell.
6. Logistically is a nightmare walking around
Note: I get its old which makes it cool and but these are important to me above and Fenway does not have them.
Ohio fans are the worse. Red Sox fans next.
And that's not being a homer. I've been there twice and both times was shocked at what a dump it is.
I expected it to live up to its reputation in stadium rankings and what I got was a cynder block. The whole thing is solid concrete, and what few parts aren't concrete are painted grey to match the concrete. Even the routunda was riddled with cracks and off-color patches to the concrete all around it, while the upper bowl looks like it has gotten zero maintenence since it was first put in. Its cracked, chipping, and ugly.
By far the worst stadium I've ever seen. This is out of Michigan Stadium, Spartan Stadium, Ross-Ade, Bryant-Denny (not for a game), and Bronco Stadium (also not for a game, loved the smurf turf though) for reference.
Haven't been to enough other venues of different sports or the NFL to make a call on any of those, although I will say I liked the Superdome when I went for the Sugar Bowl, and I thought Progressive Field was pretty nice when I went to the Frozen Diamond against Ohio, in terms of non-Michigan, non-Detroit venues I've been to.
The old Seattle Kingdome was the worst I've been in. Only stadium worse than the Metrodome in Minneapolis.