Sports fans come from all walks of life, but they all share one thing in common: They all measure out the love of the game at the end of the day. That being said, the infamous line of "Well, you know, sports is just another form of entertainment" can be disheartening to fans, including Boston Globe correspondent Bob Ryan, who wrote back in 2012 that he'd lose it if someone said something like that in his face. Aside from the obvious that sports is spelled with a capital S and entertainment with a capital E, they do not belong in the same category. You hear me?
Anyways, the overall qualities of a particular sports stadium can certainly make or break your experience at a sporting event—whether it's your first ever game or your 100th game. Sure, you can always chug on adult beverages to drown out the distractions around you, but those pesky aspects are still going to linger around unless if the property management is going to do something about it to improve the fan experience as a whole.
The end purpose of any sports team is to win games, and the same should also rub off on the sports stadiums, who host sporting events to give home and away fans something to smile about. I would consider changes to be made (with a wide variety of selections) sooner than later.
Here are the 10 most incredible sports stadiums in America and 10 that should be demolished. As always, feel free to share your opinions in the comments section.
20 Most Incredible: Yankee Stadium
Let's take a look at a major New York team in a modern NYC-based stadium.
Even if you're not a Yankees fan, Yankee Stadium is on every baseball fan's bucket list just because of the rich history the Yankees carry with them.
Anyway, the new Yankee Stadium opened in April 2009, and serves as the home of not only the Yanks, but also the NYCFC of the MLS. It is littered with shrines to former Yankee greats and combines the old-timey feel of the old Yankee Stadium with a modern twist. Fortunately for tourists, games during the week can usually be seen on a bargain.
19 Should Be Demolished: Oakland Alameda Coliseum
The Oakland Alameda Coliseum is like that one-size-fits-all pair of denim jeans that is sitting somewhere in your closet. It technically fits, but it is an embarrassing look for the general public to see.
Yes, the Raiders are going to relocate to Las Vegas, but the A's are still going to play their home games at the Coliseum. It continues to serve as a multi-purpose stadium, but it is old and contains sewage problems. But you should not expect much more from a stadium that was built during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration and aged like Steven Tyler of Aerosmith over the years.
18 Most Incredible: Madison Square Garden
Oh, this article would not be complete without a shout out to Madison Square Garden.
MSG is one of the biggest landmarks of NYC. It is well-known for New York Knicks, New York Rangers and St. John's Red Storm home games as well as various concerts ranging from Bon Jovi to Girls Generation.
If you have a passion for both sports and pop culture, you cannot afford to miss out on events at MSG. After all, life is too short to work eight-plus hours per day and then ride the subway home to plop on a couch and watch television until you pass out.
17 Should Be Demolished: Tropicana Field
Florida is arguably a beautiful state for the annual spring break, but Tropicana Field is not so pretty.
Time Magazine made sure to include Tropicana Field in their 2012 list of the 10 Worst Sports Venues In The U.S.
Time wrote, "Catwalks? Check. Poor sight lines? Check. Rude service staff? Check. Mile walk from where your car is parked to the stadium? Check. The feeling you're trapped in a giant pinball machine populated by whizzing baseballs ready to plop into your $8 Bud Light? Check."
Also, Tropicana Field looks like a non-descriptive airplane hangar. Not an exciting look for a place the Tampa Bay Rays call home.
16 Most Incredible: Fenway Park
There are stadiums that are worth going to for pure aesthetics and there are stadiums worth going to just for the rich history it possesses. Fenway Park is the perfect combination of the two. The surrounding area around Fenway is paradise for any baseball fan and the inside has so much history, most of which has not been changed. The Red Sox made updates to their ballpark around 20 years ago, but they never compromised the old time look of the ballpark. Any baseball fan has to make a visit to Fenway at some point, whether they love the Red Sox or not.
15 Should Be Demolished: Guaranteed Rate Field
Despite its new name, Guaranteed Rate Field is still a basic ballpark for the Chicago White Sox in a basic neighborhood. Trust me, the South Side of Chicago is a rough neighborhood, and the White Sox are not going to change the ways of that neighborhood until the residents put their firearms down.
Anyway Guaranteed Rate Field is one of those ballparks that is so bad that even the Bears and Cubs have trolled the ballpark for its logo, whose bright red arrow is pointing down instead of up. It is funny when teams in the same city troll each other, but this is a wake up call for the White Sox, who remain as the lesser known baseball team in the Windy City.
14 Most Incredible: CenturyLink Field
CenturyLink Field is the home of the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders FC. It is also one of the loudest sports stadiums in America.
The Seahawks and Sounders have made many strides to make the fan experience the best in the NFL and MLS.
Especially the Seahawks, whose fan base is known as the "12th man" and provides a fan experience that is second to none.
If you are looking for a good time with a great view, stop by the Emerald City to attend a game and then check out the wonderful sights of the world-famous Space Needle.
13 Should Be Demolished: Sleep Train Arena
For a while, the Sacramento Kings were in trouble of being relocated from Sacramento and a big reason was this eyesore of an arena (as well as many built in problems) that is Sleep Train Arena. Aside from the weird name, the arena no longer houses any professional sports team and is basically sitting in Sacramento without a purpose. It seems like it's only a matter of time before the city demolishes it, as the last event to be hosted in the arena was the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus back in 2016. The Kings, have since relocated to the Golden 1 Center.
12 Most Incredible: PNC Park
Like most other baseball stadiums, PNC Park in Pittsburgh is a must-see ballpark, not only for its structure, but also its overall experience inside and outside of the park.
Even if you are not a Pittsburgh Pirates or a baseball fan in general, you are going to check out the spectacular view of downtown Pittsburgh along with the Alleghany River regardless.
You are also going to enjoy the local eats and brews the city has to offer.
Just keep in mind that car traffic is prohibited on game days, so you might want to take a walk or maybe even take the water limo service on the Alleghany River.
11 Should Be Demolished: Arthur Ashe Stadium
Yes, Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, N.Y. is the largest tennis venue in the world...and the home of the U.S. Open. But that does not mean that everyone filling one of its 23,771 seats is a happy camper.
On numerous occasions, Arthur Ashe Stadium has been plagued by complaints of weather delays, swirling winds and obstructive views from the expansive upper deck.
Also, whose so-called brilliant idea was it to put a roof over the stadium? It has caused noise-related issues for the fans and players alike. Tennis star Rafael Nadal has once commented on the excess noise under the roof, saying that it was too loud and adding that he was unable to hear the ball while he was hitting.
10 Most Incredible: Lucas Oil Stadium
The Indianapolis Colts may have been a disappointing team in recent years, but the state of Indiana does its best to make sure that Colts fans have a great experience at home games inside Lucas Oil Stadium, which replaced the RCA Dome in 2008.
Indiana likely isn't the first state that comes to mind when you hear the word "technology," but EscapeHere.com has reported that Lucas Oil Stadium combines the best modern technology and engineering techniques to create an amazing stadium.
Don't believe us? Some of the best features at Lucas Oil Stadium include two massive HD scoreboards, a retractable roof that can divide in two, and the second largest movable glass window-wall that allows for light when closed and provides a great view of downtown Indianapolis when open.
9 Should Be Demolished: SDCCU Stadium
The city of San Diego lost their football team, partly because the city of San Diego wouldn't pony up the money for the Chargers to build a new stadium. In many ways, the city should be commended for standing up for themselves against the NFL, a league that keeps strong-arming cities into building for new state-of-the-art stadiums. fans knew it as Qualcomm for many years, but the stadium now goes by SDCCU without a professional team to call it home. The stadium doesn't offer a great view, nor does it have any modern renovations. The only way the site itself could be useful would be if San Diego lands an MLS team.
8 Most Incredible: MetLife Stadium
NYC is undoubtedly a tourist hot spot for folks all over the world, but if you got some spare time, why not check out the MetLife Stadium in neighboring New Jersey?
You may not be a fan of East Rutherford, N.J., but it is worth the drive.
MetLife Stadium is home to two NFL teams, the New York Giants and New York Jets, and has fluctuating lights depending on what team is playing that day.
Not only that, MetLife Stadium boasts 20 massive LED Pylons at the North and East entrances, which play videos of the Giants or Jets. It is the first ever stadium without a dome, but it's all good, as fans apparently do not mind the cold temperatures.
7 Should Be Demolished: The Dome at America's Center
Much like the city of San Diego, the city of St. Louis lost the Rams primarily because the NFL no longer deemed the Edward Jones Dome (now renamed The Dome at America's Center) worthy of housing an NFL franchise. The city actually agreed to make renovations, but the NFL (and owner Stan Kroenke) decided to go to Los Angles anyway. The stadium is now part of the city's convention center, but it looks outdated and is an eyesore, especially from the outside. It likely won't be hosting any major sporting events anymore.
6 Most Incredible: EverBank Field
The Jacksonville Jaguars are not America's team, but the EverBank Field is something that you ought to check out (other than running back Leonard Fournette, who recently paid off an LSU student's tuition).
It was the right choice for the city of Jacksonville to spend $63 million on improvements to renovate the previous Alltell Stadium following poor attendance numbers.
Today, EverBank Field looks like a Las Vegas resort, and even has two wading pools in its lovable "party deck."
What football fan would not want to play in a pool and watch a live NFL game at the same time?
5 Should Be Demolished: FedEx Field
Now, we are not just throwing FedEx Field into the mix because the Washington Redskins are plagued by the apparent D.C. sports curse (maybe the Capitals broke it?), but to note that it needs to host tons of postseason games and Super Bowls in order to be remembered by the masses.
A study by The Roosevelts has shown that FedEx Field is one of the least popular venues in the NFL. First off, the stadium looks like it was constructed off a fifth grader's blueprint. Second, the seating has been described as wack, and some fans were allegedly blocked by a three-foot pillar that should not have obstructed their views of the game.
4 Most Incredible: AT&T Park
Since the Battle of the Bay between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics is just around the corner, let's take a look at the oh-so-great AT&T Park located in San Francisco, Calif.
As you may already know, San Francisco is a super-hot tourist city that boasts several landmarks ranging from the Golden Gate Bridge to Ghiradelli Square. But if you are a baseball fan, you ought to check out a Giants game at AT&T Park and munch on some Gilroy garlic fries. And, after the game, you should take a look around McCovey Cove to see some spectacular views of the water.
3 Should Be Demolished: Mapfre Stadium
Sure, the Columbus Crew Stadium was the first ever soccer-specific stadium built by the MLS in 1999. But its new name, Mapfre Stadium, has not been making things better for the residents of Columbus, Ohio.
It appears to have been hastily placed at the fairgrounds of the Ohio Exposition Center, which is far from a good idea, as it isolates the stadium into a rather sketchy neighborhood.
We understand that soccer is relatively new in the U.S., but come on now, Crew fans deserve better than this MLS-specific piece of crap. If you want to keep the Crew in Columbus, you gotta make things right.
2 Most Incredible: AT&T Stadium
There must something great about stadiums that are sponsored by AT&T because AT&T Stadium is a must-see stadium as it is the home of the Dallas Cowboys, who are widely known as "America's team," and can give you a reason to visit Arlington, Texas, even if you are not fond of the lesser known city in the Lone State.
AT&T Stadium features an enormous HD television screen, a Party Pass section, over 3,000 LCD TV screens and a retractable roof to protect fans from the ever changing weather statuses.
Once you step into AT&T Stadium, you will feel like it is a party of the future and not just a typical football game with average amenities.
1 Should Be Demolished: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Remember when Time Magazine wrote "It's not called the Nassau Mausoleum for nothing" in their 2012 list of the 10 Worst Sports Venues In The U.S.?
Well, the publication had a reason to say something like that. Seriously, you are probably not a fan of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum unless if you are a die-hard New York Islanders fan who attends all or most of the team's home games.
Look, the Islanders are going to head back to Long Island at Belmont Park, and the Barclays Center is not a hockey venue in any way, shape, or form; but at least it is modern and not dump-like.