I couldn't agree more on Beaver Stadium. Happy Valley sucks and the stadium is just awful.
...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
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)