7 Teams in Need of a New Venue
With the economy in the shape it is, fans are being more select with their money. Season tickets aren't being purchased at as high a rate as before.
Many venues simply aren't good enough to draw fans into spending hard earned cash. While more nice sites than poor are provided by the majority of American pro franchises, that still doesn't guarantee successful ticket sales.
Whether it's history or an inability to generate revenue, these 10 franchises are in need of a new place to play.
7. Sacramento Kings: Power Balance Pavilion
The Kings have seen better days and so has their arena. Jimmer Fredette won't be able to drive enough interest in the team no matter how much the Maloof brothers want him to.
Seattle can support an NBA squad if the city of Sacramento is unable to generate the cash needed for a new venue. With that said, no team potentially moving to Seattle should or will play in Key Arena.
6. Oakland Raiders, Oakland A's: O.co Coliseum
A two for one deal, the A's and Raiders would get to play their respective sports in a better atmosphere. The large issue is the two organizations would want separate stadiums, and there won't be enough money for that.
Generating money for both organizations for a new facility is the issue. The Raiders could very well move to Los Angeles when or if a stadium is built in U.S.'s second largest market.
5. Chicago Cubs: Wrigley Field
Baseball is a sport of tradition, but Chicago's tradition is tied to losing, unless we're talking about the White Sox.
Wrigley Field, which opened in 1916, is as old as its name sounds. Chewing Gum's time has come and gone. Now it's time for Cubs fans to witness losing comfortably instead of being cramped.
It simply doesn't make sense when the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles have two of the more beautiful ballparks in all of MLB while the Cubs and the next following team play in trash bins.
4. Boston Red Sox: Fenway Park
Even older than Wrigley Field, Fenway Park opened up in 1912. The structure in 2012 is simply too old, even for Red Sox fans.
Boston's new spring training facility should serve as a nice memoir to the park, as a new facility should be provided to the team's dedicated fan base.
3. San Francisco 49ers: Candlestick Park
The 49ers have been playing its home games at the site dating back to 1971. On top of that, the park opened in 1960 for the San Francisco Giants, and the "ballpark" is constructed as such.
With the stage completely to itself on Monday Night Football this past season, the 49ers saw two power outages that resulted in delaying the game 51 minutes total. Football is already long enough.
It's simply time for the lights to go out on Candlestick Park for good.
2. Tampa Bay Rays: Tropicana Field
Not only is Tropicana Field, or "The Trop," an eye sore, it affects the actual baseball games that are played in St. Petersburg.
The artificial turf pounds players' legs. Managers including Joe Girardi provide stars days off (see Alex Rodriguez) when visiting the Rays to prevent injuries.
The catwalk, unique to all of MLB, gets in the way of home runs. It shouldn't interfere with crucial playoff games.
Pop-ups are not guaranteed to be caught because of the white ceiling. The sun should be the only factor affecting easy fly-outs from occurring.
Unlike the A's, the Rays provide their fan base with a consistent winner, but there aren't enough fans showing up to games. Even if baseball fans in the region don't like the team, can't division rivals Yankees and Red Sox be found entertaining?
1. New York Islanders: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Opening in 1972, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum has its share of history in music, but the venue needs to be repaired and can't find the funding.
Hopefully for Islanders' fans sake, the franchise stays, but money will be needed for a new venue that is well needed.