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11/09/2007 02:08:00 PM
Five Stadiums That Need to Die
Giants Stadium is full of charm, huh?
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
Sometimes it's bad design, sometimes it's just plain age, but at some point, most stadiums must go. City officials in Miami this week asked for permission to demolish the Orange Bowl Stadium. The former home of five Super Bowls, with the University of Miami moving their home games to Dolphin Stadium, the Orange Bowl no longer has a full-time tenant. Besides, the Orange Bowl is now 70 years old, which in stadium years is like being 140 years old. As the Orange Bowl bites the dust, here are five more stadiums or arenas that need to be retired.
1. Giants Stadium: It's actually not that elderly, having been built in the mid-'70s, but it has a few things working against it. For one, it's in the middle of nowhere, and there's no subway stop anywhere nearby. It also juggles the Jets, Giants and New York Red Bulls, so the field is often marked up with random graphics.
2. Izod Center: Since we're in Jersey already, let's look across Route 3 to the Brendan Byrne Ar...er, the Continental Airlines Ar...er, the Izod Center! This place has changed names more than Diddy, but the interior remains the same drab home for the Nets. My friend Russ once compared being inside the Izod Center to being inside a refrigerator. No wonder the Nets are heading for Brooklyn.
3. The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: Yes, it's named after our former Vice President, but even they he had a term limit. The Metrodome's been around for 25 years now, and it's managed to remain outdated and completely unpleasing to the eye for the entire time. Also, too much plastic, from the ceiling to the right field wall.
4. The Alamodome: This indoor arena used to be the home of the San Antonio Spurs, who played home games with a huge curtain closing off the stands. But now the Alamodome has no regular tenants, other than the Alamo Bowl each winter. Admittedly, it's hard to advocate the demolition of an arena that once hosted the Royal Rumble.
5. The Maracana: It used to hold nearly 225,000 people, but this stadium in Brazil now tops out attendance around 95,000. It's the biggest stadium I've ever been in, and while recent renovations have reportedly spruced the place up, it's tough to erase the memory of structural problems caused by fan urine.
What stadium or arena would you like to see replaced? Let us know below...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
As a former USC football season ticket holder, I have to throw the L.A. Memorial Coliseum under the bus. Its ancient, the sight lines are bad and parking is a nightmare. Some spots go for $80 for a small car, just across the street for the stadium.
Candlestick Park, Oakland-Alameda Coliseum and Jack Murphy Stadium (I refuse to use their corporate names) are decrepit cement hulks. The NFL doesn't have a stadium problem in Los Angeles; it has ones in San Diego, San Francisco and Oakland. Those dumps need to be imploded.
Wrigley Field. It's a dump, cloaked in public opinion that it is some sort of shrine. The obstructed views, the insanely close fences, and the twenty-somethings in bucket hats who would rather treat a baseball game like a social event underscore the need to demo this useless heap of bricks and replace it with a strip mall. Of course, Wrigley befits the team that plays there...
I think, in Houston, we have a lot of people that keep hanging on the the Astrodome. They tried passing an ordinance to turn it into a giant Shopping center and hotel, but Houston voted it down so it can sit and collect dust like it always has.
Joe Louis Arena in Detroit needs to go. The Red Wings have been the best franchise in Detroit for the last 15 years, but play in the oldest stadium. I loved attending games at the Joe, but it's time for an upgrade.
Wrigley Field is a dump! Yeah, the field is beautiful, but you can only look at it from too-small, ancient, uncomfortable seats. The men's washrooms don't have urinals, they have long troughs that everyone uses at once. Plus, zero parking, so you have to pay some neighborhood thief $40 to park in their driveway. Need I say more?
everyone says shea is so horrible...i dont see it. it isn't exactly nice but don't see a dump. the neighborhood is lame, but the stadium seems ok. its lightyears behind the camden,minutemaid, and others...but dump is harsh. its an' old work horse and will be sad when its gone
Here are 5 places that should be on the receiving end of some TNT: 1. Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena = it´s a building that has been dying a slow, painful death for years & looks even worse with the ultra-modern Staples Center down the street. 2. San Diego Sports Arena = beautiful location, but this joint hasn´t had a major tenant since the Clippers left way back in the 80´s. 3. Soldier Field = get rid of the spaceship look and bring back the neo-classic columns where I used to watch #34 run defenders over. 4. Veterans Stadium = unimaginative & simply ugly inside and out, but hopefully Philadelphia got rid of it already. 5. Yankee Stadium = the wrecking ball is on its way for a place that is overrated and ugly in a 70´s kind of way (might as well knock down Shea if the same wrecking ball swings through Flushing, another ugly cement circle).
Hi, I think if you are playing football it should be on grass and outside. The dome stadiums need to open up and let the players earn their pay. The weather is part of the game. Please no more field turf. How many millions do people spend to re-create grass. Hire a crew and grow some grass, as well as grow a pair. I am sick of the announcers that start crying and complaining when the field or weather conditions aren't perfect. Oh, Boo-Hoo. The poor players are slipping or getting dirty. Football has become so much about money and so expensive it's hard for the average joe to see a live game. Plus those average Joe's are so dedicated that they will sit in what ever weather comes their way and support their team. I am a Brown's fan and have been every since Brian Sipe wore #17 in those sweet orange pants. If Cleveland ever builds a dome or puts that crappy fkae grass junk on the field instead of grass, I may give up watching football altogether. I think the players will agree real grass is the best and safest on their joints. So, tear domwn the domes and all the outdoor staiums with field turf stop dissin' the dream and come correct. The Arizona Cardinals are a little extreme but at least thei boys play on grass, to bad it's inside. The Vikings need to blow that roof off and let the elements help their home field advantage. I still wish the broowns were spray painting sand green on their fields. I could go on, but I won't. Thanks, Bill Go Browns!!!
I can only attest to ones I've been to personally so I might have left some obvious ones out but here's my top 3:
1. Texas Stadium - was a bad stadium even when it was new. TV cameras make it look way nicer than it really is.
2. Shea Stadium - Amazin'ly scary place to watch a game. It's like riding the ferris wheel. You start looking at bolts, wondering when they're going to snap and the whole place will cave in. At least it'll be easy to demolish.
3. Candlestick/3Com/Monster Stadium/Park - Even TV cameras can't make this place look nice. Given all the moveable seats and parts, it was apparently designed to host a gameshow. The poor Niners... If I had to play there for home games, I'd suck too. At least the Mets and Cowboys have plans in place to replace theirs soon.
Candlestick/Monster/3com Park in San Francisco. It's older than all of the American stadia you mentioned (Richard Nixon was Vice President when it opened). It's windy, cold, and has viewing angles designed for baseball even though the Giants have already left it.
Fenway Park is only "quaint" & "America's Most Beloved Ballpark" to people how don't actually sit in the miniscule grandstand seats 81 games a year. What about waiting on infinite lines to relieve yourself and winding up shoulder to shoulder to two blokes critiquing your urinating style!
#1 giants stadium is being replaced, #2 you look across route 20 NOT route 3 to get to the Izod Center which leads me to #3 the building will be with out tenants by 2009-2010. way to do your research, clown
#1 Giants Stadium is being replaced #2 You mlook across Route 20 NOT Route 3 to see the Izod Center which leads me to #3 thats the Izod Center will be with oiut tenants by 2010. way to do your research einstein, keep up the good work
The Pontiac Silverdome, the former home of the Detroit Lions and Pistons. This place was loud and intimidating at one time but has zero current tenants. Bad location, terrible access, and of course not enough luxury boxes. I would like to see Michigan and Michigan State play their annual game there before it's demolition.
Monster Park, or as it was formally known Candlestick Park. Even without the baseball infield, this is by far the worst facility in the NFL, surprisingly it is occupied by one of the leagues most storied franchises. It's time passed long, long ago. Tear it down and build a monument honoring Joe Montana.
I don't really understand why people continue to find "charm" and "intimacy" and "history" in the biggest dump in baseball; Fenway. I guess they can continue to hang extra seats from various rafters and overhangs and call it quaint, but the place is a dump and why Boston refuses to build them a stadium is beyond me. Of course, even though my assessment is correct-no one will agree. It's a Boston thing, I guess.
The Big House in AnnArbor. Yeah, it has 107,000 people on Saturdays, but its design makes what little noise the crowd generates completly useless. I honestly think you could study for a pysch exam while watching a football game there. Give me 80K and a two tier-right on top of the field stadium any day.
Apparently not many of you have been to Tropicana Field. Its in St. Pete not Tampa. Only comment on stadiums you've been to not what everyone else says should go. I don't like it that much either but to have ano open air stadium in Florida is tough. Have you seen how many rainouts and delays the Marlins have?
I know that people forget that they play major leage baseball in Tampa, but Tropicana Field is far and away the absolute worst venue for sports in the history of the world. No parking, no sightlines, catwalks in play, plastic grass, obstructed views, etc. This place should have been blown up while it was on the drawing board, how it ever got built is a tribute to political graft in Tampa.
The author shows a clear anti-Jersey bias. While the Meadowlands is outside of NYC, it's not in "the middle of nowhere". If it was, they'd have trouble selling out for 2 NFL teams every week. It isn't a great stadium tho, so I'm glad to see it go.
And I'll also disagree about the Alamo Dome. It's the best stadium in the US that does not have a regular tenant.
My list... Fenway - once you're in, it feels like a high school football game RFK - without the NFL, it's an awful MLB park The trop - never been, but on TV looks like baseball being played in a garage Superdome - was a great stadium in the 80s, but now is not good enough to hold Nat'l Champ games or Super Bowls (this is why the Cards moved out of Sun Devil Stadium) Monster Park - while still in SF, this park is in the middle of nowhere, away from downtown and in a poor undeveloped neighborhood
i don't see how you can say that giants stadium is "in the middle of nowhere." north jersey? do you know how many people live there? and there is nothing wrong with the stadium at all.the sight lines are first rate, its clean, it doesn't feel old at all.
For those of you who have ever been to the College World Series, it's time for ol' Johnny Rosenblatt stadium to come down. It amazes me that the NCAA has a marquee event like the CWS in such a rundown, delapidated stadium while there are so many other fine facilities in the country....
I go to Fenway for games and love it. With all the money the current owners have put into it, it's gonna be around for a long time. All-Star game will be there for the 100th anniversary. Mark my words.
The point of putting Maracana on this list is that it has to remain untouched. When a stadium has gotten to the point at which teams can no longer safely play in it, either it needs to go or some major work needs to be done.
Candlestick Park is hands down the worst stadium in the country. Bad access, parking, food, are the pluses to the worst place on earth. Right now its kinda approriate that the worst team in the NFL (49ers) plays there.
Once again Lang Whitaker shows his inability or unwillingness to do research.
Yes, The Alamodome (and it is one word) is no longer home to any teams, but it still has its regulars besides the Alamo Bowl; such as The Monster Truck Roundup, The Women of Faith Conference, numerous other conventions, concerts, and ice shows and some of the best high school football in the country.
The Dome also hosted the Big 12 Football Championship game in 1997, 1999, and 2007, as well as the Texas A&M-Army football game in September of 2006 and the Dome will host the Notre Dame-Washington State football game in 2009.
The Dome also hosts the Dallas Cowboys' preseason training camp and was home away from home for the New Orleans Saints in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. The Dome has also hosted many NFL preseason games featuring the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints (who also played three regular season games here in 2005) and Minnesota Vikings.
The Dome has also played host to major fights such as Pernell Whitaker vs Julio Cesar Chavez in 1993, Evander Holyfield vs Fres Oquendo in 2006, and Manny Pacquiao vs Jorge Solis in 2007.
There's also the occasional NCAA basketball tournament. The Dome was home to Men's Regionals in 1997, 2001, 2003, and 2007. It was home to the most attended Women's Final Four ever in 2002 and the third and ninth most attended Men's Final Fours in 2004 and 1998 respectively. I was at all of these except the 1998 Men's Final Four. The Women's Final Four returns to the Dome in 2010. Where will the Men's Final Four be held this year? You guessed it, The Alamodome.
It's also a great place for you and 60,000 or so of your closest friends to celebrate an NBA Championship after a few hours on The River Walk. I speak from experience as I was at three of the four celebrations, only missing 2003.
BTW, the curtain is used during basketball events because the Dome was built for football.
How do I know all of this?
Two simple reasons:
1. I live in San Antonio; and
2. Unlike Lang Whitaker, I don't mind doing a little research.
I think mellon arena in pittsburgh is one of the worst. i mean come on. it use to be a place for an orchestra. when the penguins moved in, it did not make any sense(well back then it did). former orchestra place, hockey arena, DOES NOT MAKE SENSE!!!!!