Candlestick, the Metrodome and the Worst Stadium Fails in NFL History

Ryan Phillips@@RumorsandRantsContributor IIIDecember 20, 2011

Candlestick, the Metrodome and the Worst Stadium Fails in NFL History

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    When the power went out at Candlestick Park twice during the San Francisco 49ers matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night, it was just the latest in the long line of NFL stadium fails.

    From unsafe seats to horrible field conditions to obstructed views, the NFL seems to have more problems with its arenas than any other major sports league.

    Here is a list of the most egregious stadium fails in NFL history.

Candlestick Park Power Outage

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    We all saw what happened last night as the 49ers and Steelers were rudely interrupted by a power outage in the middle of the second quarter. It was actually the second of two power outages and it sent the field into total darkness.

    The game was halted for about 20 minutes before resuming.

    The blackouts marked the first time in over 12 years that ESPN had experienced a power outage during a game. 

Metrodome Roof Collapse

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    Last year, in one of the more bizarre occurrences in American sports history, the roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis collapsed under the weight of heavy snow accumulation.

    Reports had the snow buildup at more than 17 inches when on December 12 at around 5:00 a.m., the roof suffered a catastrophic collapse when three panels tore open. On December 15, a fourth panel ripped open, sending more snow and ice onto the playing surface below.

    Thanks to the incident, the Vikings had to reschedule their final two home games. One was played at Ford Field in Detroit, while the other was played at the University of Minnesota's home field, TCF Bank Stadium. 

    Watch video of the collapse here.

Lucas Oil Stadium Obstructed Seats

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    The Indianapolis Colts moved into their brand-spanking new $750 million stadium in 2008 and man were they proud of it. The Colts hosted media tours of the facility and officials beamed about nearly every aspect of the sparkling 63,000-seat palace.

    One problem: More than 200 of those seats have partially obstructed views. 

    Despite that, only a few seats are totally obstructed and will never be sold for football games. So why were seats even installed there? It really makes no sense. 

    You'd figure that when making a $750 million dome with a retractable roof, the designers would have time to figure out how to prevent obstructed views for fans.

    After all, watching football is the whole point of building the stadium in the first place. 

Cowboys Stadium Super Bowl Fail

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    Oh Jerry Jones, your antics never cease to amaze.

    The Dallas Cowboys owner was so eager to set a Super Bowl attendance record at his new stadium in 2011 that he failed to get the temporary seats he had set up inspected to make sure they were safe and ready for fans. Oops.

    The seats were installed in six temporary sections, but they went up so late that the fire marshal didn't have time to inspect them. A winter storm that hit the Dallas area the week of the game held back work on the seats, so there wasn't enough time to finish them and get a thorough inspection.

    More than 850 fans had to be relocated to other seats and another 400 were left without seats all together. 

    Oh, and on top of that, the crowd totaled 103,219, which was just shy of the record of 103,985 set during the 1980 Super Bowl at the Rose Bowl. 

Heinz Field Mud Bowl

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    On November 26, 2007 the Pittsburgh Steelers welcomed the Miami Dolphins to Heinz Field for one of the sloppiest games in NFL history. 

    New sod on the field combined with steady rain produced what has been referred to as the "Mud Bowl," a game in which neither team scored until Steelers kicker Jeff Reed hit a 24-yard field goal with just 17 seconds remaining to win it for the home team 3-0.

    After five high school and college games were played on Heinz Field the previous weekend, crews had hurriedly put a new layer of sod down atop the torn up turf for the Monday night contest. The grass had been in place for less than 24 hours, and a brutal storm didn't help matters. 

    The teams combined for 375 total yards, three fumbles and 11 punts. 


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