I am down in Knoxville visiting family and wandered over to University of Tennessee's football stadium today. I have to say I was shocked by how run down and ugly it is. I have been to most stadiums in the Big Ten (still need to visit Wisconsin and Minnesota) plus ND. Neyland Stadium is by far the worst that I have seen. It reminds me of the final days of Tiger Stadium with all of the rust and peeling paint. Total erector set POS. Have you been similarly surprised by any of the stadiums you have seen?
Worst Stadium You Have Seen (inspired by the Vols)
I wish I could say the same.
But I've never been inside that toilet so I can't!
Always make sure you bring reading material when visiting the poop bowl!!!
I was there for the game this year and I was shocked at how bad that place is. It's an absolute dumpster..
Agreed. Getting in and out of that upper deck is like walking the plank.
I'll sixth (or more) the vote for Spartan Stadium. Two 4-seater men's rooms for one whole deck? I was at this year's game for the first time in 10 years and could not believe it.
Agreed, not only is the structure like walking through a prison (especially in the upper deck area), everywhere around it was just trashed after the game. I guess Spartans haven't discovered the garbage can yet.
The Astrodome is really ugly. (That's maybe understandable when its age is considered.) Also, Pauley Pavilion at UCLA, for all its storied history, is really underwhelming in-person.
Co-sign on the Dome. It's last few years with the Astros were getting bad. After they left, the high school games they held there were horrible. There is a working toilet in one of the player tunnels that appeared to be a homeless man's treasure. Wild rats being chased by wild cats all over the place. Turf full of staph. Just generally crappy building.
It's a shame they can't just destroy it. It's too costly as they can't implode it. Too much weight from the glass ceiling has permanently put too much stress on the halo, pieces would fly 50 miles into the Gulf of Mexico. So with Reliant Stadium just about 500 feet away, they aren't risking any of that. They'd have to tear it down piece by piece, almost as slowly as it was built. Might have 2-3 years to the process, and between Rodeo season and NFL season, I'm not sure they can afford that long of major deconstruction right in the middle of Reliant Park.
"Turf full of staph." Plus one to you sir.
But is it MRSA?
To your point about Pauley Pavilion I felt the same way about Madison Square Garden. The whole place smelled like elephant poo too.
I saw the Mariners play at the old Kingdome. It was beyond awful. It had a concrete roof (!) and the "noise" from the crowd of 5,000 or so echoed off it. The loudest thing in the place was a peanut vendor, whose dulcet tones echoed off the roof and could be heard on the other side of the stadium. Like watching baseball in a mausoleum.
Almost forgot a second dome. Stade Olympique in Montreal. Dreadful is too kind. It had the first "retractable" dome but it mostly was broken and stuck open, which wasn't a good thing in a Montreal April.
Never been in there, but driving by it made reminded me of the sort of dark, morbid grandeur preferred by Nazi Germany
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I went to the OSU-Wisconsin game this year, and while it was weird as hell being there, I didn't mind it When you get inside with the bell and everything it's pretty cool.
Those stupid Block O student sections are awful though. The have megaphones set to lead cheers... stupidest shit ever. I sat with my friend at his dad's alumni/donor seats so I had a great view and the people around me were surprising tolerant and understanding upon discovering the where I am getting my degree.
Oh and the pizza was pretty good.
1) Shea Stadium - next to an airport, sewage issues, escalator was a death trap
2) Giants Stadium - see above
3) Comerica - don't feel safe outside, no atmosphere inside
When did you go to Comerica? If you went in the early 2000s to a game against the Royals, maybe there was no atmosphere. There has been plenty of great atmosphere down there since the beginning of 2006. I've never once felt unsafe outside of the stadium either. There are thousands of people around and it's not a bad part of town at all.
As for bad stadiums, the Metrodome was/is a piece of crap. I'm so glad Minnesota football built an on campus stadium. The place was awful for baseball too with the ridiculous infield bounces and half the outfield seats tarped off. YUCK!
It depends on what time of year he went to Comerica and what other stadiums he has been to. It doesn't always get very loud, but the pennant race atmosphere always seems pretty exciting. Aside from Comerica, I have only been to Wrigley and U.S. Cellular Field, so I would rank Comerica's atmosphere behind those two, but I think those two parks are more exceptions for being good atmospheres than Comerica is for being bad. I would guess that Comerica's atmosphere would be at least better than half of the MLB.
No way I was at a Tigers-Sox game last summer at the Cell and it was so boring. The crowd wasnt into it whatsoever. I had taken the girl I was with to a Tigers-Yankees gane @ Comerica a week or 2 earlier and she said Comerica was mos def a better experience, and shes from Chicago!
I went to Shea a few times in 2008...wow that stadium sucked! There were a lopt of seats with obstructed views. I also managed to make it to Yankee Stadium, the field and atmosphere was excellent but however when you're in the stadium around the restroom/concession areas it was a little tight but then again it was built a long time ago when America didnt have so many fat asses lol.
Wrigley is a shitty stadium but the atmosphere makes for a fun time as it is the biggest bar in Chicago. Especially when the Cubs lose haha.
Yeah, having been to 17 MLB parks in my life, Comerica ranks in the top 5. I've been there a few times, 5 or 6, always a good crowd/time. White Sox, I've been there twice, neither time were the fans into it. The park itself is probably in my lower tier. It just seemed kind of plain, boxed in with no view from the inside.
Comerica has a nice view of down town, the park has several interesting architectural features including the tiger statues, the history boards, that bats at the gates. It has a nice flat design. I've never been a fan of the extremely high nose bleeds like the old Astrodome. Nor am I a fan of stacking fans at steep angles like old Yankee Stadium's upper decks or Minute Maid Park in Houston. I always feel like I'm going to trip and be unable to stop myself when I visit Minute Maid's upper deck.
I've been to a lot of big league parks too and Comerica is OK but the game is a rumor from some of the cheaper seats. Stadiums that rank ahead of Comerica, IMO:
Petco (though that might be because the weather is so great)
West coast is all of them I've missed. I'll openly admit that helps their cause because everything I've ever heard of from the west is awesome. Just worked out that I was traveling the Midwest and East coast during baseball season, and did my West coast swing in January/February so I could escape the snow.
PNC is also in my top 5, probably #1, I can't ever decide. New Busch Stadium is vying for the top spot, and it's hard to pass up. If we talking experiences included in how nice the park is, Fenway and Wrigley are probably in the 3-5 range with Comerica. If we're talking just the park, Wrigley and Fenway drop way down, Wrigley considerably further.
After those five, it gets tough. I've been to Minute Maid, Miller Park, Great American Ballpark, old Yankee Stadium, Rogers Centre, Turner Field, Progressive Field, Camden Field, and Nationals Park. All of those had positives and negatives, and I'm not sure I can rank any of them any higher than any other.
I've also been to old Shea and the Metrodome, but yeah, those are definite way below the others. I'm hoping to make it out to the Ballpark in Arlington (or whatever it's called these days) sometime in the next few weeks and add that to the list as my first Western Division park in either league.
Petco is not anything special at all. I was out there for a Pads - Tigers game. Comerica is much, much better. I live in Florida now, try watching a game at the Trop, talk about terrible.
Coors field is really quite awesome. I absolutely loved it the few times that I've been there.
I'm a Tiger fan, but I'm just lukewarm towards Comerica. It has its frills, like the view of downtown and all the tiger decorations and such, but when it comes to actually watching the game, I don't think it's that great. I realize that we were spoiled with Tiger Stadium, but I can't stand the upper deck in Comerica - it's much, much farther away from the action that Tiger Stadium's was. I have a hard time getting into the game from seats that far away. Most of the lower-deck seats are good, but not the ones in left field and part of the third-base line - there, you're blinded by the setting sun in the evening. So basically, in a 40,000-seat stadium there are like 15-18,000 seats that are actually good (lower deck seats that aren't in line of the sun). Tiger Stadium had more than that.
The seats are too far away. rather than going up they go back.
The seats are turned towards the outfield, not towards the mound
There's a fucking merry-go-round in the main concourse. wtf?
Literally no energy in the ballpark (given both games were matinees and the stadium was mostly empty)
I was accosted by about 50 homeless to and from the parking lot
Just because the stadium's new, doesn't mean it's good. I think they screwed up Comerica just like they screwed up the Cell in Chi-town.
Best ballparks I've been to were Citizens Bank (easily number one), old Busch Stadium, Camden Yards and Dodger Stadium
I was accosted by about 50 homeless to and from the parking lot
This happens on game day in Ann Arbor too. Or any day. It's not really that bad.
Yeah...losing 119 games will take the life out of a crowd. Not really fair to judge a stadium's atmosphere on the worst season in the franchise's history. Night and weekend games (especially late in the season) have been a blast the last 4-5 years...even w/ the massive inconvenience of shifting 1.5 inches in your seat to face the mound.
Agreed on some of the architectural stuff...the lack of stadium seating bothers me as well. Let's not even consider the scoreboard in left field that's a good 50 ft. off where it was designed to be, whoops.
I've been to Camden and Dodger Stadium...along w/ several other stadiums/arenas in other cities. The homeless/sketchy people problem is not Detroit specific. It's no worse here than other big cities (at least around the ball parks).
maybe your mommy can take you next time so you feel safe
How in the hell do you not feel safe outside? That is comical...
It's smack in the middle of the safest part of Detroit (save the oxymoron jokes please) with FoxTown, Ford Field, the DAC, the PwC and other office buildings surrounding it.
Now if for some reason you parked about a mile up Woodward past Wayne St. I could understand your concern.
The one night game I went to, I was stuck in traffic because some guys in sketchy cars hijacked the intersection. They had three cars blasting rap music in the middle as they tried to sell their CD's. I swear one had a baseball bat in his hand. Uncomfortable stereotypes took over from there.
You mean about baseball players being bad rappers? Because that's not stereotype, that's just fact.
I saw Cone hitting a ball around once. Your point has been defeated.
Wow...now that would be a sight.
I've worked downtown for several years now and go to plenty of games every summer. I've never felt unsafe, but I also don't have irrational preconceived notions about Detroit (not saying you do, just in general). Also, whenever I'm in big cities and going to sporting events (LA, Boston, Chicago, wherever) I assume there will be plenty of sketchy folks around. That just comes with the territory.
Yeah, I've been into Detroit, even the Wayne State area at night and come away feeling alright about Detroit. That was just one way strange instance, and I'm sure it was an outlier.
Honestly, the scariest post game I've ever had was at Fenway after Game 7 on the ALCS against the Indians in 2007 (IIRC). Riot police were clearing Kenmore Square starting in the 7th inning. Just pushed through with riot shields, pushing everyone toward the freeway. Freaking unreal. There were thousands of people in the streets outside the stadium and the police wanted to avoid riots like 2004 when they had to use rubber bullets, accidentally hitting an innocent girl fleeing the scene in the eye.
It was just crazy to see a police state like atmosphere outside with mounted police and riot guards everywhere.
Not sure I understand that line. Wayne State's not in a bad area at all. It's in Midtown, right by the Detroit Institute of Arts and other popular museums. Midtown is one of the nicest, most-visited parts of Detroit outside of downtown.
I can't speak for FA, but I wasn't referring to midtown, rather the general area past midtown on Woodward. As w/ all the main roads heading downtown, the further you get from the RenCen, the sketchier it becomes.
Ditto. Wayne State and the museum area is nice. Where I was stopped at night because the wrecking ball was flying over a street as it tore down a building, causing traffic delays and homeless people to start tapping on my windows... not nice. I believe it was on Woodward headed toward downtown.
Historic stadium in an incredible setting in the hills.
Many wooden bleacher seats in the end zone were rotted through. They just strung yellow "Caution" tape around them and left them as is. It was really a shame.
[This was about 10 years ago. I hope things have been improved since.]
Things have not improved much. They've replaced some of the bleachers, but otherwise it's still pretty terrible. I found the motivation for this thread really amusing, because when Tennessee played at Cal a few years ago, I heard more than a few Vols fans complaining about how terrible Memorial Stadium is compared to Neyland. Berkeley's finally begun construction on some basic improvements (after a 22-month-long hippies-living-in-trees-related delay), but it's going to take a lot more than they're doing to bring that building up to the Pac 10 average.
It's too bad, too, because I agree with your observation: it is a beautiful setting (if located directly on top of a fault line).
Spartan Stadium. It's nasty and so are the people inside. I had a 40 year old man that tried to fight me and my friend for wearing Michigan shirts to the game last year. He also poured water on us while it was raining. Perhaps that's why I hate that team/stadium so much.
I had an elderly man pour water on me as well. And then yell in my face Paul Bunyan stays in East Lansing a minimum of 30 times.
to pour water on you when it was raining? What a dumbass, you were already wet.
Hideous, dank, dirty, gloomy, and possesses one of the world's most unique smells. Terrible sight lines for baseball, accumulated dust balls falling from the ceiling, awful sound system, cramped hallways, trough urinals, the list is endless.
It also had the Gophers adding ineptitude to the mix for about 20 years.
I 2nd that! It is looks terrible from the outside and even worse from the inside. Just a big chuck of cement in the middle of the city.
...so you're saying the Metrodome is a lot like the basement of the Blind Pig?
despite their "upgrades" is still gross. But by far the worst I've been to is the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. It's in a bad part of town and is just nasty
Tropicana field is a real piece of shit.
Holy crap, that place is a joke. It could not be any further from the correct feel for a baseball game. Their Marlin brothers down south in newly named Sun Life Stadium (or Landshark Stadium, or Dolphin Stadium, or Pro Player Stadium, or Joe Robbie Field) is also a craphole. At least they have a new stadium on the way, though.
It may be a POS, but it is POS in a way that gives a great advantage to the home team. The lighting is dismal, thus affecting hitting, and the catwalks often come into play on fly balls.
As a resident of the area, I do sort like it when other teams struggle there. Also, the ambiance of the "party deck" truly makes up for most of the stadium's flaws if you like being around a bunch of beer-swilling louts.
I'm a pretty big baseball fan, but I can't bring myself to go to any Rays games. I've been to one in the three years I've lived here. It's just too damn far away and no easy way to get there. They need to build a new place in Tampa, or one of it's neighboring cities to the east, like Brandon. Also, that is the only dome I've ever been to, and I hate them. But, you can't really do anything else. I'd rather sit in the A/C, then roast.
for Spartan Stadium. They tacked on a shiny press box and suites, but that's just sitting on top of a dump. I've been there a couple times to photograph the MHSAA football all-star game, and aside from the nice grass field (which you'd expect), it's just not attractive. One time I started walking through the ground-level concourse on the press box side of the stadium, and I honestly thought I was walking through a maintenance hallway or something. It didn't feel like a place the public should be walking.
Also, since I was shooting from the sidelines, I entered and exited through the tunnel. That, too, is nothing special.
I must say, though, that I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Silverdome. Talk about a soulless concrete box...
but it has been out of commission for so long I think it's out of the running. Had some fun times there though, and when the Lions were in their heyday of mediocrity it was a pretty intimidating place for visiting teams.
Williams-Brice Stadium(South Carolina) is an absolute dump. I really like Columbia, but the stadium is garbage. For some reason, their lighting system has always bothered me. It just looks...dumb.
Doak-Campbell isn't necessarily bad, but your expectations are not met after you walk around it. The outside of the stadium is gorgeous. Quite possibly one of the coolest stadiums in CFB based on the outside but the inside doesn't match it. Like I said, its not bad but just disappointing I guess.
I've been to Oakland Alameda Coliseum / McAfee Stadium and it is by far the biggest cement ash tray I have ever seen. Get off the BART in the a less than desirable part of town with nothing around it pre/post game. It smells like an outhouse in the concourses and it's one of those terrible circular late 60s cement multipurpose stadiums. Fans are a colorful bunch though.
sitting in the bleachers on a sunny day with $3 beers at the Coliseum made up for some of the lack of atmosphere.
the orange bowl was the nastiest most run down place i've been, but it was kind of awesome for it...as opposed to someplace like the kingdome that just sucked
ohio stadium was actually the worst i've been to, but that was before all the renovations they did in the 90s. it (and the fans) smelled like piss and felt like it was going to collapse
Nothing had been done to it for 60 years.
It was something out of a black and white movie. I expected sports writers with big flash-bulb cameras, and all the men to be wearing Fedoras.
The Orange Bowl
everthing was falling apart...
Were terrible in the mid-90's. Have those places undergone any renovations? Illinois especially was a disappointment.
from the Illinois stadium has more enthusiasm.
I'm pretty sure they still play there, but they've changed the name to Ryan Field. I went to the 2003 game there. I wouldn't say it was a dump, but it's so small it hardly feels like a college stadium.
Ryan Field is definitely not a dump, but it's certainly not an amazing facility, either. It only holds 45,000 or so, and when I went in 2007 it was only about 3/4 full (with at least 45% Michigan fans).
I do kind of like how they have the north side open with Welsh-Ryan Arena right there.
I agree. It seems pretty well maintained. I definitely wouldn't call it a dump. NW is actually a quite a fun road trip being so close to the train and Chicago.
Basically the Little House with wooden seats and no jumbotron. Couldn't see a damn thing and couldn't tell what was going on, though i went in 08 so i wasn't missing much.
Spartan Stadium wasn't all THAT bad. then again i was on the field and didn't have to deal with the upperdeck that everyone hates.
Ohio State, sure, the amount of teeth in that stadium is way less than most places in the country, but that The Game there is still quite a spectacle.
Penn State has pretty good atmosphere as well, though I was about to shoot myself because they play the lion's roar after every damn play.
The Lion roar is bad, but nowhere near as bad as when MSU plays the line from 300 on every 3rd down.
due to the program's legal turmoil, word on the street is they're going to drop the line from 300 and start playing the line from the previews for the new Robin Hood movie: "I declare him, from this day forth, to be an outlaw!"
without question. And as such, I have burned every Michigan football victory onto DVD since 2003. When my buddies are over the night before a game, I really enjoy playing the "big moments" for everybody.
MM's game-winning catch against Sparty in 2007 happened on a 3rd and long. I have had more drunken glee playing that highlight as the crowd chants "HUH, HUH" in the background after hearing the 300 quote than any other highlight.
It's so fucking beautiful. They show a happy crowd. A near boisterous rolick, if you will, cheering their squad . . . then . . . oh yeah . . . that part where we show what it means to have true elite talent.
The expression of that talent returns to Ann Arbor this fall.
Can you put this on youtube by any chance?
I am a nut job AND an idiot. I will try to get it up on youtube, but it'll take a while.
I am rapidly devolving in my ability to understand and appropriately use computers. It is only a matter of time until I won't touch a keyboard for fear that hitting "delete" will actually cause the computer to disappear.
I welcome every chance I get to visit it, but the Rose Bowl is a dump.
But isn't there some kind of renovation in the works? One problem I know they have is a lot of resistance from the surrounding community to any modernization. It is a "historic" structure, and of course the neighbors just don't additional activity.
1. It doesn't exist anymore.
2. The U has been playing at Landshark Stadium since before it was torn down.
Should be pointed out for those above that Shea Stadium and old Yankee Stadium also don't exist anymore. Both teams are playing in nice parks now.
Never actually been in it but it looks pretty nasty from the outside. Only mention it because it has been cited as somewhat of a contemorary of the Big House from back in the day, though without any of the improvements/enhancements.
The Yale Bowl is absolutely tiny, and definitely old and decrepit. That said, it is kind of cool in a turn of the century way. I have seen a lot of the Ivy League stadiums, and The Yale Bowl was probably Top 2 of the most interesting (along with Cornell).
Really, Cornell? I went to a Harvard-Cornell game a few years ago and I wasn't impressed. It wasn't a dump but nothing too memorable about it.
RFK Stadium in Washington DC. I caught a Tigers / Nats game there in 2008 and the whole place smelled like urine and vomit. It's also the poster child for why football stadiums make for horrible baseball stadiums.
As for college football venues, the Metrodome is a pit. Getting out of there was the best thing Minnesota could do to help their football program become competitive. MSU is also a horrible place to watch a football game. Amazing that they probably have one of the best basketball arenas in the game and their football stadium is a train wreck.
The Rose Bowl is owned by the non-profit Tournament of Roses which is a part of the problem when it comes to modernization.
Most recently I was at the UCLA-Washington game last season and one portion of the endzone seating was actually enclosed in a chain-link fence.
Although the Rose Bowl is somewhat run down, the setting is so so so beautiful, that it's a great experience (even just for UCLA games). Going to the the Rose Bowl game itself is one of ten things every CFB fan should do. Especially, when M plays in it and wins it!
and the experience is overrated for UCLA games. going to the rose bowl however....dam thats impressive. the coliseum(thats how U$C spells it) is the biggest bowl of shit possible. quite literally. half underground bowl. i drive past it everyday to school. its pathetic. U$C should cut their pay roll for players and renovate it.
Shit hole pretty much sums it up. Went there in 4th grade with my buddy and his family because his sister went to school there. I was forced to watch an MSU-OSU game. Talk about being pissed. I obviously couldn't root for either team so i just stood there. Not to mention i was upper deck and thought the place was going to fucking collapse. On a positive note i have since converted that friend to a life long Michigan fan.
The incredible part about Spartan Stadium is that they've recently completed an expensive renovation of the facility and it's still a dump. It's just a crappy place to watch a football game.
in Bloomington is pretty darn pathetic. Awful seating and very little atmosphere.
The worst thing about Bloomington is the advertisements. Local companies sponsor 3rd down plays for crying out loud. Lame.
"The 3rd-Down Key Jangle is brought to you by Corky's Hardware, Where You'll Never Get Screwed®"
I am planning to get tickets to this year's game that so happens to be the conference opener. I was hoping it was as pathetic as I hAzily remember it when I went to LIttle 500 and got pretty wasted as a high school lad in the Breaking Away era. The bike race was cool and the chicks were hot.
First live M game since college so I am pretty excited. If anybody has advice about getting IU tickets or where to sit, please advise. Takin' it to the Streets. Doobie Bros rock.
is a large outhouse, however the weather in Hawaii makes it well worth the visit.
Is it really windy where that stadium is located, or are Hawaii fans just litterbugs? It seems like every time I watch a game there on TV, there's trash blowing around on the field.
RFK stadium for baseball games was the worst. It was just not made for baseball and you couldn't see half the field from a lot of seats.
Because it really was not a good baseball venue in my opinion. As you said above about shifting seats, maybe they forgot to shift the seats the times I was there, b/c it was terrible.
The Astrodome was like this, but I don't think baseball struggled from it. It was more the fact that the stadium was old and dirty. Plus playing on astro turf is always a minus.
They didn't have a "football" seating chart, so I'll just stick with rodeo.
That's not an excuse for the suckage of RFK.
I agree that Spartan Stadium is a dump, and may I also add that The Citrus Bowl in Orlando is pretty bad, but THE WORST venue I have been to in terms of cosmetics and ease of accessibility it has to be JOE LOUIS ARENA.
Believe me when I say that I am a HUGE Red Wings fan, but we need a new one folks.
But I think there are some plans for a new rink. Or at least talk of one.
Search NEW Olympia Stadium for the Wings
Babcock has enough bling now, he can afford to help them build one.
How can Ilitch plan to have the two teams play in the same arena when he only owns one of them? Financially, it makes no sense for the Pistons to leave the Palace.
This is going to sound crazy, but I really don't like Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks). It's very nice and new-ish, no doubt, but it doesn't feel like baseball. They have (had?) a pool in the outfield for crying out loud.
Fenway Park is a crappy stadium but it has a certain charm. I like how Fenway and the Big House have no gimmicks (or advertisements in Michigan's case). In another era, Fenway would be the worst baseball stadium, but it's a true gem with with character, grit, and tradition in a sport that is becoming more and more sterile due to commercialization (for lack of a better term?).
My favorite baseball stadium would have to be Camden Yards--nicest while minimalist. My favorite stadium overall is the Big House because, simply put, it's a special place to me and being there sends chills down my spine. There's nothing like the feeling of being there on a Fall Saturday, and I totally understand if that's how a Vols fan feels about Neyland.
I like how Fenway and the Big House have no gimmicks (or advertisements in Michigan's case).
Fenway? No gimmicks? I think you need to spell out what you mean, as it has plenty of a) advertising or b) strange landmarks (big green monster?).
Like carousels in Comerica Park (not a dig at Detroit's great stadium, just something I don't like), the pool in Arizona, the ginormous jumbotron at Progressive Field with the cheesy intro (otherwise a great stadium)...that sort of thing. Believe me, I have plenty of complaints about Fenway. For one thing, it's Boston and you can only get Budweiser and not Sam Adams or Harpoon??? I like how at Comerica you have choices, including Labatt. Boston sold its baseball soul to the devil long ago, but I like the organ and Sweet Caroline. And the Green Monster is an oversized slab that is a poor attempt to make up for a short field. Camden Yards is definitely my favorite.
You can definitely get Sam Adams at Fenway. Small cups for $6, but it's still sold. Now one major knock is that Fenway does not sell beer in the seats. You have to go up and get it. At least that's how it used to be (I was last at Fenway in 2008). But, I think I may have seen on Sunday a beer vendor in the stands, so perhaps that's changed. Now I would not be surprised that if they are selling beer in the seats, then you can't get Sam Adams as Sam Adams does not come in 32 oz. cans.
But where the Richmond Braves used to play was real dump. No good seat, really steep upper deck, mo atmosphere, concrete no-character, terrible concessions.
A lot like an outdoor Crisler Arena, which is also pretty horrendous. Also, how am I the only person to mention Crisler?
The Boilers play in a boring, ugly stadium. The giant video board behind the visitors bleachers constantly plays advertisements and is generally way too loud and very annoying.
Okay, so this does not qualify as a "worst stadium," I just felt like saying it.
No offense, but I agree.
They play that damn horn after every first down, and I can constantly hear the band director address the band. Should I be hearing that in a college football stadium? Probably not.
In addition, like Northwestern and Indiana, I feel like I'm in a high school stadium.
given how the rest of the campus looks like a resort.
It is old without being historic. The concourses look like the inside of a coal mine - creaky old wooden beams on top of asphalt and dirt floors.
...is pretty bad since they built around the old stone exterior with that new cinder-block-looking stuff. Inside is the most boring stadium I've ever been to. The ND campus is gorgeous (except for the library with TD-less Jesus) and they have that horseshit football stadium. ND wins my "Worst Stadium I've Been To" award.
Exterior aesthetics are bad at Penn State--it looks like it's built from Legos. The inside environment is fantastic and their fans are pretty friendly.
Wisconsin = solid, plus Jump Around is a must-do experience.
Comerica is good; I don't know what that one dude's thinking.
Haven't been to PNC but really want to go; shouldn't have problem getting seats, either.
AT&T/Pac Bell/whatever is amazing.
Ditto Camden Yards, Fenway, and Wrigley.
New Busch, meh.
I will say "no comment" regarding pre-renovation Michigan Stadium.
Do you realize that ND Stadium is designed to mirror Michigan Stadium on a smaller scale?
is an odd place.
It started out as a 40,000 seat horse shoe and they just kept adding to it in fits and starts to get to 100,000. They never went back and created a unified look like FSU Doak Campbell. The latest upper deck over the endzone that now blocks the view of Mount Nittany doesn't even look the same as the one over the other endzone.
It all looks like something your kid created with his Erector set unitl it was time for dinner.
I'm with those who say the Citrus Bowl. Awful part of town, for one. For two, there's no real stadium, per se. There's just a lower deck and an upper deck, both of which are huge blocks of unpainted concrete that look like something the Soviets designed. And not attached to one another. Concourses? Sure - the patch of sidewalk (more concrete) in between the lower deck and the chain link fence that delineates "stadium" from "not stadium." And don't get me started on the stupid seat bottoms.
When i lived in California, i went to a couple Tigers-A's games at McAfee Coliseum and it was awful. It was really old and rundown and had absolutely no character. Not to mention it's in Oakland, so grabbing food after the game is a risk. Also, formerly Candelstick Park (not sure the current name) was terrible too. I was there for a Ravens-Niners game and it was equally as terrible. There is a huge overhang from the upper deck so you get those cement support beams blocking your view, similar to old Tiger Stadium. Better neighborhood than the Coliseum, but the stadium is a cement box.
Also, i disagree with Ross-Aide. I was there during Hart/Henne's freshman year (with the Shazor hit) and i really enjoyed it, but that might have been becuase i was in the press box.
Michigan State's Upper Deck is bad, but Eastern Michigan's whole stadium is really really cheesy.
For as much worship as Knoxville has for Tenn, the stadium there should be a lot nicer.