Top Five Worst Stadiums in the NFL

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two seasons, Candlestick will remain as one of the dumps of the NFL, a place where people at times can’t see, and an outdated home for a team that is trying to make it back into power in the NFC.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.

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5 Responses to “Top Five Worst Stadiums in the NFL”

  1. michael passe says:

    By your definition, a non-football-only stadium is, de facto, a bad stadium. But Al Davis went crawling back to Oakland on his hands and knees to play in that bad stadium, because it was full of passionate fans, as opposed to the LA Mausoleum, where street gangs seemed to be the main inhabitants. Team owners always want to move into someplace where they can set up more luxury suites for their rich cronies. But history provides a cautionary note. People also said the Orange Bowl was a dump, as well as Minnesota’s old Met Stadium and Denver’s Mile High Stadium. All those teams moved into swanky joints with lots of luxury boxes and amenities for those lucky enough to be able to afford the jacked-up ticket prices. But they lost something else – home field advantage. Before the Dolphins, Broncos and Vikings left their old stadiums, they played in a combined 14 Super Bowls (off the top of my head, could be more). Since they left they’ve played in zero. Sure, you could say “those were just better teams.” Dan Marino might disagree, I don’t know, but that’s too big a difference to ignore. Eventually, as the blanding of the NFL continues, no team will have home field advantage. Most of the fans who can afford to get into the new pleasure palaces will be wealthy yuppies, there mostly to entertain clients and make business deals. “Just win baby” has been replaced by “show me the money,” and I’m in no big hurry to see the last few real home field advantages (Buffalo, Oakland, Green Bay) vanish.
    Oh, and just what’s wrong with San Diego’s place? You didn’t say, except that again it was multi-purpose. I’ve been there lots of times. It takes forever to get out and it’s in the middle of nothing, but once the game starts, I’m not sure what’s wrong with it.

  2. Anon says:

    “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.”

    Well somebody better go inform the Packers that their stadium should be on this list considering winter in Green Bay is just as bad as Buffalo.

    Please kindly remember that when you write articles your going to want to use a thing called effort.

  3. Julie says:

    Bravo to Michael Passe for crafting such a good response to this biased and ignorant article.

  4. KL says:

    @Anon… “Well somebody better go inform the Packers that their stadium should be on this list considering winter in Green Bay is just as bad as Buffalo.”

    Are you serious? Lambeau Field is just as bad as Ralph Wilson Stadium? dude Lambeau Field has been renovated a few times with another upcoming one. The Packers just installed a new high definition scoreboard along with a new sound system. If Lambeau Field was really that “bad” then why would it be ranked as the number one NFL stadium in game-day atmosphere and fan experience by a Sports Illustrated online poll?

    At least pretend like you know what you’re talking about.

  5. KL says:

    Sun Life Stadium is also bad stadium too, that place is half-dump. It needs to be renovated and also needs a roof to shield fans from the rain. No wonder why the Dolphins have a low attendance. Now the Marlins are gone, they need to get rid of the baseball configuration and bring the seats from the lower bowl closer to the field. When that happens, Sun Life Stadium will host another Super Bowl in the near future.