Time for Change: 5 NFL Stadiums That Need a Change Soon
When you compare stadiums like Cowboys Stadium, New Meadowlands Stadium and Lucas Oil Stadium to many of the NFL's current stadiums, there is no wonder why many of these teams are in need of new places to play.
Fans and players alike are feeling that some of these stadiums need major renovations or that the teams even need to build brand new stadiums. When you see how some of these teams are performing in these awful stadiums, there is no surprise that there is a need for change.
Here are the five NFL stadiums that teams should change in the upcoming years.
5. Soldier Field (Chicago, Illinois)
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A surprise to some, but in my opinion Soldier Field needs things done to it immediately. As beautiful as it looks on the outside, the inside of it could be changed.
When you have the NFL's smallest stadium and your team has one of the biggest fanbases, then it is a major problem. The McCaskey family needs to do something about Soldier Field's seating to accommodate the many Bears fans in Chicago.
As much as I love the idea of having an open stadium in snowy Chicago, I think that they should take care of the field a lot more instead of having a garbage-looking field in the harsh weather. The field itself is the main problem with this stadium, as the grass is in awful condition a lot of the time.
When you have games immediately after high school football games, then you know that the field is going to be banged up, but the Bears ownership is doing nothing about the field's condition.
When your own quarterback, Jay Cutler, is trashing your football field, then you know it is time to change a few things up.
4. Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, Missouri)
The NFL's most boring stadium comes in at No. 4 on the list. This stadium has nothing that interesting about it, especially the team that plays in it. For Rams fans, they have had a rough few years, especially knowing that their team plays in one of the worst stadiums in the NFL.
Sports Illustrated ranked the Edward Jones Dome as the worst stadium in the NFL out of all the 32 teams, and I can see why.
First, all of the seats in the stadium are painted red. I hope that the Rams owner knows that red is a color completely opposite of his team's colors.
Also, their stadium is in a congested part of St. Louis with awful traffic, which makes people feel really rushed as they leave after a Rams game.
In addition, from 2007-2009 the St. Louis Rams had only won two games at home. This year though, they might actually be loving playing in St. Louis, as they are 4-2 at home. As much as this stadium is helping them out this year, the Rams are in need of a new one.
3. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland, California)
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One of sports' most well-known stadiums has been known by football fans as one of the worst. The Raiders' football stadium has one of the ugliest shapes of a football field on earth. This football field should only be the place where the Oakland A's play and not the Raiders.
Although the A's are planning on moving in a few years, I feel as if they should just completely tear this stadium apart and build it from scratch. It's not a pretty sight when you're playing a football game and the weather is always dark, as well as the people dressed up in all dark colors.
For all the garbage Al Davis has given the Raider Nation for the past few years, I think that a brand new stadium would be a great gift for them.
2. Monster/Candlestick Park (San Francisco, California)
In addition, one of the NFL's worst stadiums for a team desperately in need of a relocation as soon as possible is Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The 49ers' stadium used to be an iconic landmark to football fans, but over the years it has turned into a dump.
The stadium itself isn't a pretty sight, and the inside of it is in awful condition physically. The stadium itself still reminds me of a baseball park from the old Giants.
The stadium is in need of a change so badly that even owners and management agree, as they are trying to relocate to anywhere they can. Too bad the economy isn't helping them out as much and luck isn't in their direction.
Maybe if the 49ers had a new stadium, they would be known as the best team in town instead of the San Francisco Giants.
1. Metrodome (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
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Finally, the NFL's worst stadium and the stadium desperately in need of an improvement, as soon as possible, is the Metrodome in Minnesota. Although it might be great for fans knowing they get to play in a dome, the Metrodome flat-out sucks.
The smartest decision ever made in professional sports was when the Twins decided they were sick of playing in the Metrodome. If I was them I would have done the same thing in a heartbeat because the Metrodome is a piece of garbage stadium.
Even before the Metrodome collapsed in half, this stadium was an awful structure from the beginning. It is a very ugly stadium and has the dumbest idea of an inflatable roof.
First of all, I am pretty sure the person who built this stadium didn't know what the dangers of having an inflatable roof were in Minnesota. He maybe thought that the snow wouldn't do too much damage, but in about five different circumstances in Metrodome history, snow and harsh weather has led to major damage.
With an awful team this year, I hope that the owners in Minnesota can build the Vikings a new stadium to help them get rid of their slump.
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