Professional sports leagues generate billions of dollars in revenue. They pay for the best scouts, trainers and personal money can buy. Yet, it’s somewhat surprising that some of the venues these teams play in are, shall we say, less than ideal. Some are old, some are in bad shape, and many need to be upgraded or replaced. Sports owners aren’t always willing to shell out the $500 million plus investment for a new building. Most seek to share this financial burden with the tax-payers. As a result some less-than-ideal buildings remain in use. Here are ten of the worst sports venues in professional sports still in use.
9 Tropicana Field - Tampa Bay, Florida
8 Qualcomm Stadium - Sand Diego, California
7 Candlestick Park - San Francisco, California
6 The Superdome - New Orleans, Louisiana
5 Rogers Center - Toronto, Ontario
4 Soldier Field - Chicago, Illinois
3 Edward Jones Dome - St. Louis, Missouri
2 Arthur Ashe Stadium - Flushing, Queens, New York
1 Oakland Coliseum - Oakland, California
Several times in the last couple years the plumbing has backed up and pumped raw sewage into the clubhouses at Oakland Coliseum. If that’s not enough to make this ancient stadium top this list then consider these other facts. When configured for baseball, the Coliseum is an extremely large concrete monolith with twice the foul room of most ballparks. When configured for Raiders games there’s way too much lost seating and oddly angled parts. Portions of the stadium are crumbling away. There are no modern amenities at football or baseball games. Everything is outdated. Parking is outrageously expensive and be prepared to walk up a lot of ramps to get to the higher levels. To top it all off, the addition of extra seating in 1996, nicknamed Mount Davis after late Raiders owner Al Davis, obstructs the once beautiful backdrop of the Oakland hills. These seats are obscenely steep and ruin the atmosphere at A's games as they are rarely even used.
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