In Other News...Worst-10 Stadiums to Close in the Past 20 Years

Shanan H.Analyst IDecember 13, 2008

These are the stadiums of your childhood.  Look at the ones that sucked.

A stadium must be closed to count.

10. Atlanta Fulton County Stadium: 
Hank Aaron hit number 715 here. 


The Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966, right after this stadium was completed.


The stadium was completely enclosed as three levels of wooden blue seats circled the entire stadium.


After the Olympics in 1996, the Braves moved to a stadium used for the Olympics.


The stadium was Demo-ed August 2, 1997


9. Arlington Stadium:  Throughout its 28 years of existence, Arlington Stadium was known as the hottest place to play baseball.


Plans for a new stadium to serve the Dallas-Fort Worth area began in 1959. Owners of the local franchise hoped to attract a Continental League franchise. In fall 1959 voters approved a bond to build a new stadium.


The stadium was demo-ed basically the day after the last game.


The new Ameriquest Field is much prettier than Arlington.


8. RFK Stadium:  When one looks back at the history of ballparks in the future, RFK Stadium will have one distinction that separates it from any other ballpark as there were 33 seasons that baseball was not played at the stadium.


Simple cookie-cutter; symmetrical, seats all around, and a center field scoreboard.


In 2001, MLB began studying the idea of relocating the Expos, finally making a decision to move the team to DC in September 2004. The Expos moved to the city and RFK Stadium for the 2005 MLB season, and were named the Washington Nationals.  


The Nats left RFK for a much better place, although RFK is still used for the D.C. United soccer team.


7. Candlestick Park:  Candlestick will always be known for the 1989 World Series ‘quake that happened there.


The stadium was criticized since the day it was built, and respectively, too.  The stadium was terrible for baseball.


Now used for a football team that also wants out, look for this stadium to be destroyed in the next few years.   


6. Three Rivers Stadium:  When it opened in 1970, many fans were ready to move into Three Rivers Stadium, however most all Pirates fans were ready to move out in 2000.


Yes, it was river front, but you couldn’t see any one of the rivers flowing by the park.  It was the first cookie cutter built.


Demo day was a great day for Pirates fans, who now reside in PNC Park, as the awful stadium met its maker in February, 2001.


5. Astrodome:  Once known as "The Eight Wonder of the World.”


When built, the idea was extraordinary; however, that initial excitement seemed to wear off, fast.


The dome stadium would be able to house baseball, football, rodeos and many other attractions. Initially it was named the Harris County Dome Stadium, but later renamed the Astrodome.


When the sunlight coming through the glass was not enough to keep real grass alive, a substitute was created, forever known as "Astro-turf."


My favorite part of the park; the extra-cheap seats.  The hole stadium was surrounded by four-tier seating.  I like to call the fourth row, the extra-cheap seats.


The stadium still stands, and motocross and rodeos are rarely held there. 


4. Kingdome:  For many Seattle baseball, and football fans alike, their favorite day of Seattleowning the Kingdome was March 26, 2000; demo day!


When Seattleneeded a ballpark, a multi-purpose dome was recommended and accepted, after some issue of where to put a damn ugly marshmallow.


The Kingdome had a similar baseball set-up to the Metrodome.  It had a very tall right field wall, as fans would call it; the ‘Walla, Walla.”


By the end of the Kingdome’s life, tiles were falling from the ceiling (one barely missing Ken Griffey, Jr., by the way,) and the concrete looked uglier than ever.  Seattlelobbied for a new park, and so came Safeco.


Now, if you want to see a big, ugly dome, you can drive 60 miles south of Seattle to Tacoma, and visit the Tacoma Dome!   


3. Cleveland Municipal Stadium.  Once tagged “The Mistake by the Lake,” this stadium was not very good.


Actually, the appearance wasn’t awful.  It was surrounded by two-tier old-fashion seats, with one row of bleachers in the outfield.


The bad thing was the wind that would blow in.  It was cold, and you really could not see the game too well.


The Mistake was demo-ed in November, 1996, when the Indians moved to the Jake.   


2. Exhibition Stadium:  It was a football stadium.


 It was a football field, with a wall put up to be right field.


The Blue Jays enjoyed getting out in 1989, with the SkyDome opening.


It was Demo-ed in 1999.


1. Olympic Stadium:  This stadium should have been blown up after the Olympics.


Montreal’s 1976 Olympics left this stadium behind, for the new team, the Expos. 


Olympic Stadium looked like a roofed cookie-cutter.  It was made from artificial turf, and not symmetrical.


The roof didn’t work, no one came to see a bad team in a horrible stadium, and the Expos left.


If they still use this still-standing stadium for anything, whoever ‘they’ may be is crazy. 

Un-Honorable Mention: County Stadium

 Qualcomm Stadium

Busch Stadium

Veterans Stadium

Mile High Stadium

Tiger Stadium

Shea Stadium






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