While new stadiums in the NFL seem to be popping up year after year, there’s still a couple duds. Today we run down the “Top Five Worst Stadiums in the NFL” and how they effect the teams that play there.
5. Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome - The home of the Minnesota Vikings is now 30 years old, and all you need to know about the Dome is the events of December 12th, when about 5:00 a.m. the roof had a catastrophic collapse as three panels tore open after a huge winter storm. The Vikings have been trying for some time to get out of the dome, and it finally appears that it will happen as the Minnesota Legislature approved funding for a new Vikings stadium on the site of the dome on May 10th. For now, it’s still one of the worst places to play in the NFL.
4. Qualcomm Stadium – This oldie and not so goodie is home to the Chargers, and has been since way back in 1967 when they were part of the AFL. It was known as San Diego Stadium till 1980, and then Jack Murphy Stadium till 1997. The park was also home for the Padres from their inception in 1969 until the end of 2003, when they got a new stadium. While San Diego has tried and tried to get a new park, it simply hasn’t happened, and now 45 years old, it’s time for the Bolts to get updated with a new home.
3. Candlestick Park – Even older than the home of the Chargers, the 49ers finally won their fight to get a new stadium, as they will open Santa Clara Stadium in 2014. For the next two seasons, Candlestick will remain as one of the dumps of the NFL, a place where people at times can’t see, and an outdated home for a team that is trying to make it back into power in the NFC. The park was originally built for baseball and the Giants, and the Niners is now the sole team that plays there as the Giants hightailed it outta there. The fans appear to be well away from the field, and it’s about time the Niners got a new home.
2. Ralph Wilson Stadium - Home for the Bills, this stadium in the middle of nowhere is badly in need of upgrading, and also being nearly 40 years old it’s time for some major upgrades in old Rich Stadium. It’s a difficult stadium for kickers, with swirling winds that change direction rapidly, which can be an advantage for the Bills, but also it stinks for fans that have to sit on metal bleachers in the dead of winter. No word has been spoken about a new home for the Bils, but with Toronto already getting two games a year, can chatter about a home be far behind?
1. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – Blah. In a bad part of town and more suited for baseball than football, this is the worst stadium in the NFL – by far. As of September 28, 2011, the Coliseum is the last multi-purpose stadium to serve as a full-time home to both an MLB team and an NFL team, and it shows with dirt still kicking up due to A’s games well into September. This 46-year eyesore in Oakland won’t be missed, and you have to wonder why Al Davis didn’t push harder for a new stadium before his death. So much of the stadium is outdated, it’s hard where to start. The fact it’s the only baseball/football stadium any more in the league makes it a shoe-in for the worst in the league.