It's Moving Time: The 10 Worst Stadiums in Sports
The recent event regarding a certain northern-based stadium brings to mind some of the least enjoyable sporting venues.
Tradition is nice, as is historical value, but sometimes that's just not enough to justify playing in a relic.
Whether the stadium is too old or just poorly designed, some stadiums need to go as soon as possible.
Here are 10 of the worst professional stadiums in sports.
Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida
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As this picture shows, all 3,000 people are ready for baseball.
When this stadium is shown on TV, it's a depressing sight to behold.
And add on the fact that the Marlins come onto the field to a Scott Stapp song, it's downright dejecting.
But all is not lost, as the city of Miami has begun work on a new stadium for the Marlins that should open for the 2012 season.
Tropicana Field, Tampa, Florida
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Honestly, what can be said that hasn't been said already?
When your stadium has unique rules because your catwalks interfere with the course of play (occasionally costing teams a win, ask Joe Maddon), it's time to make a change.
Even worse, there is no plan in place for a new stadium.
Sorry, Rays fans.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
Nordique fans crowd Nassau Coliseum, because no one else will.
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If your stadium may eventually cause your professional sports team to leave the city, you might have a crappy stadium.
For New York Islander fans, this a reality.
Heck, on December 11, almost 1,000 Quebec Nordiques fans (which probably made up 30 percent of the total attendance) made their way to Uniondale in a publicity stunt to move the Islanders to Quebec. This shows anyone that a new stadium is a must.
There is no serious news on a new arena being built anytime soon.
Jobing.com Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Coyotes head coach, Dave Tippett, is bummed about playing at the Jobing.com Arena.
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In reality, it's a pretty nice arena. Unfortunately, only about three percent of the Phoenix area knows it.
The reason this arena is on this list is because it shouldn't exist.
When team relocation is brought up, the Coyotes are near, if not at the top of the list.
And worst of all, it's a good team in a competitive division. Only when the Coyotes made the playoffs in the 2009-2010 NHL season did the fans show up.
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California
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The Oakland A's have an incredible, young pitching staff that has set the team up for future success.
The question is, where will the success be seen?
A's fans have been calling for a new stadium for years, and every year less and less people are arriving to watch the team.
With no finalized plans in sight for a new stadium, by 2012, the A's will be the only team that shares their stadium with another franchise.
The Oakland management needs to step up and soon.
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Doesn't one of the most dedicated fanbases deserve a new stadium?
The Superdome regularly requires repairs to the roof, and it looks like a thimble.
Time to move.
Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California
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When I started to make this list, I didn't realize the 49ers still played in Candlestick.
A baseball stadium originally, the 49ers began playing in Candlestick in 1970.
The Giants moved to AT&T Park in 2000, leaving Candlestick to the 49ers.
Weather conditions (severe fog, wind and cold at night) make it an awful place to play.
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Now I know this selection will get a lot of flak, but hey, it's my list.
Fenway Park is on this list for one simple reason:
Yes, it is jam-packed with baseball history, but, much like Joan Rivers, constant face-lifts don't necessarily make something look better.
Even the Yankees realized that it was time to move.
But it appears Fenway is here to stay for years to come.
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
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Just like Fenway Park, Wrigley Field is a history-filled venue full of tradition and remnants of Harry Caray.
And just like Fenway, it's old.
The walls are still brick for crying out loud.
Yes, it was cool to see a football game there, but that's not enough.
There are many obstructed-view seats across the stadium and it's located in a very busy and hard-to-access area of the town.
But just like Fenway, it's here to stay for a while longer.
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Just watch this.
That is all.
Tiger Stadium was awesome but it had its time in the sun.
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Feel free to comment on what you think or if you have any other venues in mind that should have been on this list.