Old Mellon arena, Rupp Arena, Joe Louis are ones that come to mind for me. The worst arena I ever played hockey in was MSG awful, awful ice.
OT: Worst sporting venues?
Rupp is going to go through some renovations, if i remember correctly. I hate UK, but i wouldn't mind seeing a game there.
UM grad living in KY says that you are a true Masochist or simply Ignorant. Kentucky fans are the worst.
I was at the Louisville Kentucky game this year and I'll say only Louisville fans may be worse than Kentucky fans, but there are more Kentucky fans. They are both insane.
Spartan Stadium and Ryan Field sucked big time.
Joe Louis was horrible (but i don't go to pro sporting events other than wings).
at Ryan. Great site lines, and the restrooms and concessions were dead.
It's fine for a smaller college type atmosphere.
NW people are great, and it's a great trip. The stadium itself, as a facility, isn't that good. I've only been there, MSU, and ND.
I do want to check out Iowa, PSU, and Wiscy.
Ryan Field was fine for me. Close to the game, NW fans were nice/knowledgeable, and lines were pretty short.
It was like a big h.s. stadium, but in a good, intimate way. I like the hill at one end and thought the fans were the most cordial and civil of any away game I've ever attended.
grew up going to games and oakland, and I love it, but it's terrible. like feces in the dugout type of terrible
RFK is awful too
I love my A's and the Coliseum is hella convenient and cheap but it's truly a dump. Saving grace is that it's still the Bay Area so there's decent beers on tap.
When you don't research your ticket well enough and find yourself behind a beam at Wrigley Field. Son of a bitch.
Wrigley Field as a whole is a cool place. However, not in the 200s with hunks of old steel blocking the damn game.
You just have to do exactly what it sounds like you didn't. But you've got to do the same at Fenway or Camden too.
And wriggles lots and there is no comparison. Wrigley doesn't match up well at all besides for age.
I had a horrible time at Fenway. Did small amounts of research to avoid the beams I remember from old tiger stadium. I sat in the left field bleechers and the distance between my pelvis and my patella was greater than the distance between my seat back and the seat in front of me. I'm 6ft 2in so this has to be a common problem that people run into. That being said the rest of the park was great.
Oakland colluseum and candlestick are/were pretty bad
left field bleachers at fenway? i assume you mean right field.
wrigley bleachers >>>>> fenway bleachers. also, if you sit in the box seats, wrigley is as good or better than any other venue; really close to the field.
that said, wrigley has to be near the bottom in amenities.
Yep. That is what I do for the few games a year I take in. Box seats there, behind the visitors dugout, are awesome. A sunny day game at 1 or 2 in the afternoon, an expensive shitty beer in hand, feet from the opposing team's dugout (Braves in my case)...not much beats that.
Old Cleveland Stadium was the same. Only game I ever attended there was behind a beam.
This. I road tripped a tigers day game in Cleveland in 1987. There were 3000 people people in an 80000 person stadium. What a terrible place. The silver dome also sucked for everything but monster trucks.
The Silverdome was the BEST for motocross!
I've seen an adult man pee in the isle there to not go to the bathroom
No matter where you sit, you're behind a Pole.
As for the old Cleveland Stadium, it was a dump in many ways but I also got to attend a few Indians games sitting in the skybox of some family friends, so that softened my negativity. I went to an Indians game on a weeknight in September when I was a kid and the conditions were like the one Dominick's Lunch described. Announced crowd of about 1,700 but it sure seemed less than 1,000. They were a spirited bunch though, they tried to do the wave. A valiant but doomed effort that got a wry mention in the Plain Dealer the next day.
But by the time you actually want to go to Wrigley, when it hits August and the tickets are about three bucks on StubHub, you can just move around if you catch a beam. I kinda like it.
That being said, Wrigley got knocked down a peg for me when they fucked with the Old Style contract.
I always pound a couple Old Styles when I'm in Chicago, especially at Wrigley. I'm with you!
Old Style is actually a Milwaukee beer. Other than its history of being sold at Wrigley for a long time, like Bud products, it has no ties to Chicago.
but at least in the 70s and 80s, (almost literally) every neighborhood bar in Chicago had an Old Style hanging near the front door. The association is valid.
you haven't been in a couple years then. those supercheap stubhub days are over. sales are cut off 6 hours before game and cubs have set a floor; i'm guessing about 50% of face.
Tropicana Field has got to be one of the worst places to see a baseball game. They need a new place bad. I'm also not a fan of Raymond James Stadium. I've been there for a few college games (ACC Championship, UM Bowl game vs. South Carolina). The field is like 100 yards from the first row of seats. You just feel detached from the game.
I agree about the Trop. The first time I walked in there, I expected to see a basketball court. It's just odd. I do enjoy the cigar bar, though I haven't been there is a couple of years.
Honduras's national soccer team's home stadium.
The size of a fucking postage stamp, a field that is as much sand as it is grass, and there are concrete barricades exceedingly close to the field of play.
Dangerous as fuck.
Also, it's usually 95 degrees and 100% humidity there.
Here in Florida it was 98 degrees and only 96% humidity.
That's why the US plays games in Denver and Seattle as often as possible.
Ross-Aid Stadium at Purdue is ok as a stadium......for the home fans. In the away section it's wooden bleachers that give you splinters, and there isn't anything to prevent stuff from falling under the seats, so we lost all the food that we got when someone got up to go to the bathroom and knocked it all into the abyss. Keep in mind this was at least 5 years ago and it may have changed since then.
5 years ago? Full blown rich rod. You masochist.
Was at the Shazor hit game and a RR era game.
I liked being able to see the team come out of the locker room. That's pretty cool.
Purdue and IU are two places I'll probably never visit again.
are history---demolished earlier this summer to make way for a patio area that sells beer and an upgraded menu. Even without the patio plans, the place improved a lot when those crappy bleachers got scrapped.
I posted a thread (with artist renditions of the patio) about it a couple months ago; I'll post a link when I relocate it.
...and my OP also links to the complete story with more pics, at the Purdue Athletics website.
Used to be the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
I've only been inside that thing for raves. It even sucks when you're on drugs. lol
and Larry Drew...not on drugs. The place was a dump....although I saw Nirvana play there with Pearl Jam opening for them...but there might have been drugs involved there.
I haven't been a ton of places, but I've been to enough and MSU's stadium is a dump. The Joe isn't great either, but it's classic to me
Just because your team played and won somewhere, doesn't make it classic. I truly can't think of much of anything being classic about the Joe and I'm a huge wings fan. Chicago Stadium or Olympia, hell yes.
Classic in the sense that it's an endearing kind of dump to me, not that it should be to anyone not a fan of the Wings.
I've never been here before but I would kinda like to go some day just to check it out because it's freaky deaky.
Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho. Home to the Idaho State Bengals.
It reminds me of a golf bubble.
Very steep bleachers indoors. Supposedly extremely loud as well.
Looks like Arena bowl inside, and golf driving range from outside. Probably a fun atmosphere since you are close to action and all noise held inside. Seems like a crappy place to punt though if you are inside the 10 yard line on either side!
p.s. I loved Yost Arena - super atmosphere, and I could care less about the amenities. Awesome chants (sieve! sieve! sieve) and fun action. Only went to about 6 games though - probably my main regret sports wise.
that's the dome former Michigan QB Matt Gutierrez played in for two seasons, after transferring to Idaho St.
That's the one Michigan QB I feel we never got a chance to see enough of---fate was unkind to him, getting injured on the eve of the 2004(?) season. Instead, Chad Henne started and the rest is history.
Doesn't Northern Michigan U also play in a wooden dome? Has anybody been there that can tell us a bit about it?
Yes -- it's known as the Yooper Dome:
Also, there's something about Idaho and indoor stadiums. Here are some pics of the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome:
They play at the Superior Dome.
I have a friend who is going there this year. I may go up there for a game someday just to see that thing. It looks the lobby of a wilderness lodge-turned-football stadium.
As others have mentioned. NMU plays at the Superior Dome, aka the Yooper Dome. It is made out of Douglas Fir Beams and I think they claim to have the largest wooden dome in the world.
I went there to watch my old high school Harbor Beach play in the semi-finals of the state football playoffs vs Ishpeming. I was really impressed with the venue. You are close to the action, it's unique, it keeps the sound in. Really cool place. Even for a high school game the bleachers were packed and it was loud.
Turner Field in Atlanta is pretty bad, just old and not kept up. Other than that, not many bad venues that I've been to
I must be getting old because I remember vividly when it was being built (initially used for the Olympics). And it was the gold standard of new stadiums.
Yeah, Turner Field isn't old. However, the area that the stadium is in is just terrible. Hell, as someone who's lived in Atlanta for a collective 16 years, Atlanta is just terrible.
Cobb County! Good move for them in your mind? Never been to a Braves game, being from the midwest, but I know all of the "issues".
I live in Cobb county, so the Braves moving there sounds like a pain in the ass to me. There will be no MARTA to the stadium, and the 75/285 Junction there is already a mess. They should have stayed in the same area, and developed the surrounding area like they've said they would do for the past 2 decades. That area where Turner and old Fulton county are/were located is coming around, but needs a bit more money, and attention.
I don't think Turner Field was ever considered a gold standard for stadiums. It's only a couple of years younger than Camden Yards. But yeah, it's bad when a stadium is not even 20 years old and the franchise doesn't like it.
There's nothing wrong with the stadium. It's the location the Braves don't like. There's some map they produced that says all their paying fans live to the north of the city. It's actually quite a nice venue IME.
If there's nothing wrong with the stadium itself, this seems pretty short-sighted. I'm sure most Tiger fans don't live anywhere near downtown Detroit but the stadium is there. Can't Atlanta find some way to redevelop the area around Turner Field?
In any event, it goes down as another case of Olympic venues not, in fact, being the catalyst for neighborhood revitalization (as proponents claim every time).
i went to see the cubs-braves last year in between final four days. i thought the stadium was fine. beyond the outfield is a huge area with food and beer vendors and such. they had a band playing out there too. pretty fun before the game.
the best part was when samardjia came to bat, the PA guy played the victors. i was probably one of the few people who got the joke.
Northern Arizonas FB stadium is the crappiest, and simultaneously most unique, stadium I've ever been too.
I'm sure i'll get flamed for this but I've said it before, and i'll say it again, Fenway Park sucks. It's kitsch baseball, and sightlines are god awful.
...old Yankee stadium. I'm not much of a baseball fan, so I don't cling to baseball lore, but that stadium was a piece of shit. And the area surrounding it reminded me of a war torn eastern block city.
The new Yankee stadium, on the other hand, is pretty dope.
Student section is a hill of grass.
Mgoblog, where your mods didn't even play high school football.
I can't speak for JGB, but to be absolutely fair, I did try out twice and fail spectacularly each time, so there was at least some effort put into the notion of playing football. I think that's rather how you eventually end up being a mod actually, as it doesn't necessary require excellent vision or the quickness of judgment to find gaps between the tackles.
Brian said I could use some of his cred from his All American senior season.
Montreal's Olympic Stadium back when the Expos were around. Went to a game there in 2002. The seats were awful and you could just tell the ballpark was awkwardly converted for baseball...Not to mention the issues they had with the roof for years and the financial boondoggle it was for Montreal, among other things.
Football stadiums, but Qualcom in San Diego (Chargers and San Diego State) is awful.
Supposedly everything leaks now. There was an incident a few years ago where a visiting team almost refused to used the locker room.
Hit the Great American Ballpark and Busch Stadium last summer and both of those places are very cool. Just not a lot of room in Comerica.
My problem with Comerica is that the upper deck seats are way too far from the action. I'm amazed at how many people buy tickets up there. Even the first row of the upper deck feels really far away. If I go to a Tiger game, I only want to sit in the lower deck - but then it costs an arm and a leg.
Comerica Park is 10x better stadium than that poured concrete Great American in Cincinnati. GABP is probably the worst of all new baseball stadiums. It was done on the cheap.
Does it count as terrible or awesome, since it's both the basketball and football arena?
Our very own Doug Nussmeier played on that field.
The Kibbie Dome is another crazy stadium in Idaho. Blue Turf, Holt Arena and the Kibbie Dome.
Crazy thing is, the Kibbie Dome was originally an outdoor stadium until they enclosed it. It was built after their old home, Neale Stadium, was destroyed by arson.
Wait wait wait... he was a leftie?? It's settled then, Shane Morris will lead us to 2 national championships and will win 2 Heisman trophies after this season.
RFK for baseball was the worst.
It was great for football because of the atmosphere created by the crowd. But without that crowd atmosphere, ala the exhibition baseball games they played there before the Nats stadium was built, it was awful.
Concourses, etc were terrible. But, the seats were reasonably close to the action. Because the upper deck hung over you were very close to the field, at least if you were inside the infield.. Someone above pointed out that the problem with Comerica (and really most new places) is that the second deck is pretty far away.
I think FedEx in where Washington's team plays isn't bad when you get there, but the trip there is absolute misery, and getting out is no picnic either.
For pro sports:
Oakland coliseum is a crap hole. It's terrible for both baseball and football.
Probably Qualcomm. It's actually pretty bad for NFL games too but when SDSU plays it is a wasteland. Martin Stadium in Pullman is also extremely bad. Not only is the stadium tiny and soulless there is nothing, nothing to do after the game.
The RCA Dome in Indy was pretty bad. The nosebleed seats were some of the highest seats I've ever been in - not to mention the obstructed views abound due to supports. Also agree with Purdue's Ross-Aid Stadium although it does have that old school charm to it somewhat. IU's Memorial Stadium always kind of felt like a TX High School stadium. The bleachers were always half empty - just kind of gave it that "who cares vibe".
Stadiums I like: Sun Devil Stadium, Michigan Stadium, Hinkly Fieldhouse, Lucas Oil Stadium, University of Pheonix Stadium, and I kind of miss Riverfront Stadium from a nostalgia pov.
I wonder how many people died of cancer from secondhand smoke at the Pontiac Silverdome.
The Citrus Bowl was absolutely awful. Just awful.
And, honestly, I don't care how much I get negged, the Horseshoe is a spectacular stadium. It's no secret Bill Martin made a visit down there to see how they did their renovation before they started on the luxury box project. They did it right.
I've heard how bad the Citrus Bowl is. Concrete monstrosity.
It's not just concrete shit. The concourses were woodchips and temporary trailers. The place was literally falling apart. Not to mention it's in a pretty shady stretch of Orlando.
Let me go ahead and pile on the Citrus Bowl, because that was gonna be my entry too. It's a monstrosity of concrete surrounded by a chain link fence. What bathrooms there are, are just concrete-block shacks. The concourse isn't really a concourse, it's just the empty space between the bleachers and the chain link fence, and the upper deck isn't even attached to the lowers, it's just a separate structure looming over top. And the seats pissed me off; they bolted seat bottoms to the bleachers so you couldn't slide half a seat over to get a better view around someone in front of you. (This was at a not-sold-out game.) No seat backs, just uncomfortable seat bottoms. Stupid.
I understand the place is going through a "renovation," which basically involves tearing down the old stadium and building a new one. None too soon.
My buddy stomped on a bleacher a little too hard near the end of the game, and one of the Citrus Bowl medallions on the end of the row just flat-out fell off. We heard it clink onto the concrete, a nice little ceramic disc with the old stadium logo. He wasn't even trying to do it. He pocketed it. I've always wished I'd gone up a row and tried to do the same.
Is the Citrus Bowl used for anything besides a couple of bowl games? Rebuilding the whole thing seems like a costly proposition.
FHSAA hosts their state title games there, and the new Orlando MLS team is going to play there.
I may be biased against it because the only game I saw there was the Citrus Bowl vs. Tennessee, but what a dump. An overgrown high school stadium, complete with dilapidated concession areas, cheapo concrete and exposed steel beams everywhere.
No negs here. It's possible to admire a stadium while still reviling the opponent and believing your stadium is great.
The useful contrast here is between the Shoe, which is a great sports venue, and Spartan Stadium, which is thoroughly mediocre. We dislike both teams, but which is a better place to watch a football game? Shoe by a mile.
There's no worse place to watch a game in college football than the upper deck of Spartan Stadium. Players look like ants, it takes an hour to get out of it, there are two bathrooms for the entire thing (conveniently placed at the ends, with one little door in and out)... God forbid it rains, or it's windy...
It doesn't help to be surrounded by a bunch of shitheads for 3 hours
You just described my feelings about Ohio Stadium. By a factor of many, the most obnoxious bunch of assholes at any venue I have ever visited.
Tropicana Field, mund ice arena, and old Cleveland stadium. All dark, dank, and depressing
Northwestern a football stadium and basketball arena. Some seats in the stadium, you literally can't see or hear anything. And the basketball arena has wooden bleachers and a scoreboard from the 80s.
For basketball, the Silverdome was the worst. For baseball, I thought Comiskey and RFK were terrible and I hate the new Comiskey.
The Cell is basically Comerica if they built it completely above-ground. It's pretty much the worst to have to walk up a thousand flights of stairs to get to your seat, but once you're insice, it's not terrible.
not a fan of the vertical seating
But then, I've always had great seats in a club box, and never been in the Upper Balcony.
The worst? The Horseshoe. I mean, it's in Ohio. Enough said.
Spartan Stadium SUCKS. I sat in the upper deck section 105 for last year's game and I was amazed with how outdated the concourse/ramps/bathrooms are.
New Orleans absolutely sucks. Seats are so close together that if you're of average height or taller that your knees get scrunched worse than on an airplane. not to mention there's no incline in the lower level so have fun trying to see the game. Nothing special or unique about it and just overall not enjoyable.
I agree. I've only been there for the 2012 Sugar Bowl and was not impressed. I was in the mezzanine level and the seats were far from the field. Poor lighting as well.
only go back for the Super bowl or if Michigan was playing in the national championship there
Their football stadium is virtually a glorified high school stadium. I think MTSU's Floyd Stadium twenty miles away is nicer and they are Conference USA.
The Vanderbilt football team IS a glorified high school team.
But . . . but . . . but, the play in the SEC. A loss there is like a win everywhere else.
Before the convo it was a joke.
It wasn't pretending to be anything it wasn't. I dated an EMU student while at UM and attended a few games in the Earl Boykins/Derrick Dial years. I had a good time, but it was very much like a really big high school gymn.
The Arena Auditorium's (where Wyoming plays basketball) video/audio system is the most laughable system of its sort in sports at that level. The atmosphere is actually pretty awesome, but when the starting lineups music (Alan Parsons, Bulls crap) started I let out a rather loud laugh amid silence by the fans.
I don't think Ohio Stadium is that bad.
I guess you're not allowed to consider the vile mob that inhabits Ohio Stadium?
Northwestern's bball arena, old crisler circa 2005, Ross Ade stadium, and any MSU venue now that Breslin's getting run down.
rundown? Its still one of the top arena's in the league. Nothing fancy, just basketball, the way its supposed to be.
Breslin is starting to look dated, especially the concourses. I think it's just middle-of-the-pack in the B1G now. Crisler is definitely nicer now.
Also, I believe we have the best facilities in the big ten. Ohio loses points for hockey and PSU loses points for bball.
Georgia Dome. Plan at least a half hour to get out of that bitch
Miller Park. Unless you like watching baseball in a shopping mall.
for an indoor stadium, thought they did a pretty good job. houston too. toronto on the other hand, is terrible.
the tailgaiting at miller is the way to go.
I could not stand baseball in either of those venues.
As far as college venues, I gotta go with Spartan Stadium, what a pile of concrete garbage. And if you're in the upper deck, forget about seeing your car until at least an hour after the game. Illinois' stadium was pretty gross when I went too, but they were renovating at the time.
I haven't been to as many pro places, but the old Mellon arena where the Penguins played was a special kind of weird. We sat under the upper deck in the end zone and couldn't see the scoreboard.
And personally, I've always liked the Joe. Mostly because I have so many great memories there (Red Wings and Michigan) and to me, it represents all the hockey rinks I grew up playing in - no frills, no luxury, gross bathrooms, odd hockey smell. It has served its purpose and I'm excited about the new rink, but a part of me will miss the simplicity of the Joe.
Ross-Ade's away team bleachers section is embarrassing. You are literally not allowed into the actual stadium. Port-o-pottys, limited concessions, and that damn train horn in your ear. However...I heard they tore them down in the offseason to make a beer garden. If that is indeed true, I'd like to hire their AD immediately.
Was one of the nastiest places I've been to see a baseball game. 0/10 would not do again
before mount Davis was added. if you can ignore the urine smells in the concourse the stadium gets great weather and has a nice field. I grew up going to games there, candlestick was far worse.
What is whatever stadium the Tigers might be playing in at the current time?
I'm shocked to not see more mentions of Tropicana Field. The conversation really should begin and end there.
The Trop was absolutely the worst stadium I've ever set foot in. I thought about calling code enforcement while I was there with the hopes of having it shut down mid game
The old Kingdome in Seattle - fugly
We won the '89 Hoops NC there. It will always be beautiful to me.
I don't have a worst, but the most let down venue to me is Wrigley. I've always heard about how magical and wonderful it is, with the history behind it. I thought it was pretty crappy in 2007 when I went. I enjoyed Kaufman stadium more than Wrigley. The people at and around Wrigley were pretty awesome though, even wearing the visiting team's jersey.
I've turned down several tickets at Wrigley. It is an old dump, with the team having the worst futility of any in Major League Baseball, last winning in 1908. What is particularly annoying is all the drunk yuppie fans in their 20's. The location is good, being in a neighborhood on the North Side. But the location is always bad, because of all the people who go to Wrigley for the experience, the ambiance, and not for the game.
This is kind of a pet peeve of mine. Don't ask me to go to a game with someone who has minimal interest in watching the game. I'm fine with breaking in kids who are learning the game. But going with someone who mostly wants to talk, to people watch, to eat food, to see and be seen, just isn't for me.
The flip side is true too. If the game is good, and I'm with others who enjoy a good game, I really don't care where I am watching it.
Who in their right mind would go to a Cub's game to watch the Cub's play? They are terrible. You go to Wrigley to celebrate America. Drink a beer, enjoy the sunshine (hopefully), people watch, eat a hot dog. Enjoy yourself. I will now get off your lawn sir.
i'm more of a baseball purest, so i can find positives out of the worst teams/games. you never know what can happen. you might see the greatest catch ever, even in a horrible game.
case and point - about 12 years ago, i went to yankee stadium to watch the yanks/phils. the phillies were killing the yankees. it was like 8-1 going into the ninth. probably only a few thousand fans left; including me and my friend. the yankees came back and won. they said it was the biggest comeback since the mickey mantle days.
i was so happy that most of those arrogant yankee fans missed it.
btw - those old yankee hot dogs using a slice of wonder bread were awful.
Just awful for baseball.
But for football? I'd take it over Heinz Field any day.
Not many good comments have ever been made about Three Rivers, Riverfront in Cinci, or the Vet in Philadelphia. Those cookie cutter stadiums didn't last long.
all those are bad. but 3 rivers seemed slightly worse to me...for baseball. though i did see a washed up bob walk throw a one-hit shutout.
You have to judge them by what came before them. When the Phillies went from Connie Mack which was very old and run down to the new Vet, it was dazzling at the time.
Everything was new and bright and "space age" which still meant something at the time. It was a big deal to go to a Phillies game in the new Vet if you were a kid.
Whoever designed Spartan Stadium was a moron. The buildings on campus are all red brick...why is the football stadium a concrete and aluminum mess? Plus there are like 2 bathrooms for the entire upper deck. At least they added that press box to the one side and some new scoreboards.
The Shoe on the inside and outside is a very impressive stadium. It also gives you that dirty concrete parking garage feel in the concourse though.
The Joe is a pile of poop but at least there isn't a bad seat in the house.
I love those scoreboards. I like the five foot width. You can almost see what's going on. Almost.
I went to a football camp there back in the Saban era (Saban was a dick back then too). I went to a lot of camps in high school and most stadiums wowed me a little. Spartan Stadium was more of a "meh" feeling. First experience playing on what felt more like a carpet than a football field. I hated it and went home with an endless supply of rugburns. About the only positive thing about that camp for me had to be picking off TJ Duckett and running it back for six during the Air Force Football session at night.
Most stadia are, by virtue of being places large crowds gather to watch sports, pretty awesome. Even a relatively lousy venue is way, way better than none at all, in the same way that a run-down Saturn Ion with cosmetic body damage is vastly superior to no car at all.
That said some are more impressive than others. Spartan Stadium, as mentioned, is a pretty dull place for college football. The views are ok and all, but it lacks character and it lacks comfort.
One place worth mentioning must be taken out of context to be understood: the Rose Bowl.
As an event, bordered by the San Gabriel Mountains in the New Year's Day twilight, the Rose Bowl is spectacular.
But as an actual, physical facility, it's kind of a dump. It needs to be renovated in a bad way. The concourses are startlingly narrow, the restrooms woefully inadequate, the seat angles desperately shallow. I treasure my memories do the game I attended there, but let's not pretend everything about the building is magical.
The physically dumpiest venue I ever attended was Windsor Arena back when the Spitfires played there, but that place had charm and character bursting out of its seams, and was downright menacing for playoff games. In contrast, newer places like the Hershey Center in Mississauga are soulless, fanless mausoleums that appear to exist only to prove that even GTA Canadians can be indifferent to hockey.
Special bad seat notations: the outfield bleachers at Dodger Stadium and the ultra-shallow end zone bleachers at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium are lousy places to watch their respective sports in otherwise adequate facilities.
I have loved going to several Rose Bowl games, and my time living close to there. Being at the game as the sun goes down, with the San Gabriel mountains overlooking, is an awesome experience.
I will say, my seats at the 1993 Rose Bowl were much better than in 2007. Of course, this was also affected by the fact that Michigan won in 93 and didn't win in 07. But still. All seats are not created equal. Even in Michigan Stadium, I'm not sure I would want to be in the first two or three rows in the corner. I suppose it is better than not going at all, but not much better
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Just shitty all around and their fans treat you like shit there
The Metrodome sucked really bad for the Twins. Terrible place to watch baseball. Target Field, however, is probably a top 3 stadium in baseball now.
Not a fan of the Georgia Dome either.
worst place I've ever been to a game or concert. Was built as an all purpose arena and it sucks equally at everything. Has the atmosphere of a funeral home, the baseline seats are 20 yeards away from the court and lower level corner seats are effectively blocked from seeing anything but the backboard. There's never any need to sit in the upper level because the lower is never full.
For concerts the acoustics blow! The echo of the lower tones creates a giant bowl of mush. You cannot make out a single word the singer is singing.
A distant second would the the old Vet in Philly.
Tropicana Field. That place is an insult to baseball. Should've been demolished years ago.
Good god, you could put any sport in that place and kill most of the fun of it. Sterile, cavernous, ugly. I don't live in Houston anymore, but thankfully it's just an empty relic now. I've been to a couple of games in Reliant and it's a huge improvement, although they bring the roof out totally unecessarily, no matter the weather. Houstonians are terrified of seeing the sky, apparently.
The Carrier Dome (Syracuse) is hell on earth. I went there for the U-M game 15 years ago or so, and it just sucked. Thank God we won. Concrete domed beer-stank shit-stain on our earth.
Penn States Gameday atmosphere is awsome. But the actual stadium itself is load of crap. A bunch of pipes and bleachers. Nothing else.
It's a great experience for sure, but yep. Beaver Stadium is what happens when you just willy-nilly add a bunch of seats whenever you think about it without really thinking about aesthetics. They basically built a hodgepodge Erector Set stadium out there.
Yes, they added onto it in sections over the course of 50 years. And each addition was enough years apart from the previous one where the architectural styles changed. So everything looks like it was just thrown on top of the previous layer. Because it was.
You can see this best in the end-zone upper decks. Not only do they not look alike in each end-zone, they don't even have the same number of levels. The earlier side has one level, the Mount Nittany side has two levels. Because, why not?
Home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Awful stadium in a bad location.
Kelly Shorts Stadium? I haven't been there in over 3 decades, but that stadium screamed 'high school!' when I saw a game there in the early 80's.
OTOH, Waldo Stadium at WMU is actually pretty nice in the aftermath of the remodel they did there a couple decades or so ago. The team is seldom worth watching, but the venue is a pretty good place for some MACtion.
Waldo is one of the best MAC stadiums to watch a game, I feel. Stands sit on the field but high enough not to be distracted by players (unlike Iowa, front row is literally sitting at ground level and right on top of the benches). Waldo also has made many stadium improvements since Fleck has got there, a scoreboard is coming soon, which is over due. The worst MAC stadium I've been is Eastern, a ghost town, and it also has a track around it so you're automatically far away. It's been awhile since I've been to Central's sober but I don't remember it being too bad. Not a fan of open endzones tho. NIU has a unique stadium, the front row is hanging over the sideline which creates good views. But both endzones are open. Northwestern's stadium isn't that great, sit far away and is tiny for a B1G school. Loses a lot of noise. I'll be visiting VaTech this year so I'll be interested to see how their stadium is. I've heard they have a good atmosphere so I'm pretty excited to check it out. My goal is to make it to as many venues possible, you can't beat college game day atmospheres.
The Vet sucked. Three rivers was awful. Shea stadium was turrible. They're all gone now.
If you were behind a post, this was true, but if you were in front of one the view was fantastic. The upper deck was much closer to the field than Comerica's is. There were many good upper-deck seats at Tiger Stadium, whereas at Comerica there really aren't any because they're so far away.
the same Tiger Stadium I went to.
I would contend that there were actually more seats with a good view at Tiger Stadium than at Comerica. Very few bad seats anywhere in the upper deck, except for a relatively small # of obstructed view seats because of some roof support beams in certain areas---the vast majority of the beams that caused obstruction were in the lower deck, those beams be. ing there to support the upper deck.
On the other hand, at least a third of the lower deck seats at Tiger Stadium were poor-to-bad. Besides the beams, the upper deck itself blocked the view of portions of the field. So while I'm in agreement with you there, I also contend that 2/3rds of the upper deck seats at Comerica are just way too far from the field unless you have binoculars.
Then take into account the fact that Comerica's capacity is about 10,000 less than Tiger Stadium's, and you end up with a smaller net # of good seats.
Tiger Stadium was obsolete for many reasons, but seats with a view was not one of those reasons. In a perfect world, Tiger ownership should have told the architects to incorporate as many features of Tiger Stadium as their engineers could (as the basic blueprint) and go from there.
to each his own. Tiger Stadium was long regarded as having some of the best seats in baseball.
Tiger Stadium had all the same problems except the bugs and the excess size. Obstructed views, peeling paint, general dilapidation, etc.
The field there has(or had) a giant crown in the middle of the field that ran end zone to end zone.
To date myself Steve Mariucci beat my team that day.
Was the crown for the snow? I have no idea, but it was the only field I saw like that in 10 years of football.
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Nassau Coliseum is a travesty.
atmosphere out of the picture, the Rose Bowl isn't all that great of a venue. Low angles, long way from the field.
Before the redue of lowering the field and adding seats, Ohio Stadium wasn't all that fantastic either. B Deck is a travesty.
In the 80's the place was a pit and unless it was the Seminoles or Gators visiting there were about 25k in the stands. Biggest bunch of fair weather fans eva.
I attended the Miami blowout of Notre Dame in Gerry Faust's last game at ND. Miami romped 58-7. Prior to the game I stopped to buy a kabob from a street vendor with a hibachi. At the point where I finished the transaction I noticed that his bbq brush had paint stains on the handle. No single purpose tools in his kitchen! Miam is a wretched place all around.
Nuff said. Just the worst.
good for football but baseball it was just ok