Do you ever think about what happens to a sports stadium when the team who uses it moves into a brand-new state-of-the-art facility or leaves town?
Most people, unless they live in the actual location of the stadium, do not keep track of these older, abandoned stadiums and whether or not they are even still standing. Most of the time, they get demolished within months of the team leaving it. But there are also some that end up getting stuck in limbo while the city decides whether to destroy it or renovate it.
But for every abandoned stadium that is left to fall apart and rot away, there are plenty more sports stadiums still being used that have some of the most beautiful aerial views in the world. These stadiums can range from college football to professional baseball and they all share some of the best images you might ever see of them.
Let's go ahead and take a look of 10 Stadiums That Were Sadly Left Behind and the 10 with Stunning Aerial Views.
20 Abandoned: Rubber Bowl (Akron, Ohio)
For 68 years, the Rubber Bowl was the stadium used by the University of Akron Zips football team. But in 2008, they got a brand new stadium named InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field, and they left the Rubber Bowl to rot away for almost ten years before anything was done to demolish it.
The Rubber Bowl was actually condemned in 2017, forcing the demolition of the stadium in June of 2018. The original plans were to renovate it and use as a USFL stadium but that deal did not stick and it eventually fell apart.
19 Stunning: Soldier Field (Chicago, Illinois)
There are not many professional sports stadiums in the world that get completely renovated and transformed into something that is ready for the next century. But for the Chicago Bears, and the historic Soldier Field, there was just too much history to simply tear it down and build something brand spanking new.
Instead, the city and state decided, back in 2000, that they were going to do something that has never been done successfully, strip down the stadium and build it back up to turn it into a modern day marvel.
18 Abandoned: Washington Coliseum (Washington, D.C.)
The Washington Coliseum opened in 1941 and was used for hockey and basketball but will forever be known as the site of the first ever concert by The Beatles in America.
From about 1973 until 1994, the Washington Coliseum, also known as Uline Arena, was left alone and began to fall apart over time. Waste Management actually bought the arena to use as a trash transfer station from 1994 until 2003. It then made plans to demolish the property but ended up being denied after the D.C. Preservation League listed the building as one of its' "Most Endangered Places for 2003."
That move saved the building from extinction but it ended up never being used for sports again. It was turned into a REI retail store, with major plans for redeveloping the area around the building as well.
17 Stunning: US Bank Stadium (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
There is a lot more to building an indoor football stadium in Minnesota than in Florida. That's because the weather can get so bad that the building would have to be able to handle anything, mostly from the ice cold snow that rains down on the city every winter. That was a major reason for the new stadium was because the Vikings previous one, Hubert H. Humphrey Stadium, had some serious roofing issues.
So this new stadium was built to respond to the climate, not fight against it. The technology used throughout the entire facility combined with the beautiful exterior mirrors have made this into one of the best NFL stadiums today.
16 Abandoned: Busch Stadium (Indianapolis, Indiana)
For the better part of the 20th century, Busch Stadium was used by the Indianapolis Indians, the MLB double-A affliate of multiple different teams including the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Philadelphia Phillies.
By 1997, the stadium was converted into a dirt track but that venture failed within two years and left the entire property to sit around and slowly fall apart and turn into a parking lot, a literal parking lot. After a few years of being nothing more than a storage site for the Cash for Clunkers program, it was converted into apartments, where it remains today.
15 Stunning: PetCo Park (San Diego, California)
Any professional sports team in San Diego already has an advantage, and it's San Diego. If you have ever been there, you already know about it. The weather is perfect almost all the time and the views are amazing from just about anywhere in the city. So when they opened PetCo Park in 2004, it was already winning.
They designed PetCo Park so that the fans in the stands can watch the game while enjoying San Diego Bay. They also made sure that when they built it, they would not make it all encompassing. Instead, they built restaurants and administrative offices in nearby buildings to make it more of an open area surrounding the stadium, one of the only designs like it in baseball.
14 Abandoned: Candlestick Park (San Francisco, California)
In August of 2014, they officially closed Candlestick Park, making it one of the last iconic sports stadiums in America to finally be torn down. Throughout the history of sports, only a few stadiums are as legendary as the team's that play inside of it.
During the 1989 World Series, this was the stadium where the Loma Prieta earthquake struck the city just minutes before Game 3, which is still one of the most frightening moments in sports. It was the first time in World Series history that they had to delay the series for 10 days while the building was checked out.
13 Stunning: Minute Maid Park (Houston, Texas)
When the Houston Oilers decided to leave for Tennessee, it caused the Houston Astros to find themselves a brand new ballpark because the Astrodome would no longer be able to manage just baseball. So by 2000, Minute Maid Park opened up in downtown Houston and what a sight it was for fans.
From the street level, it looks nothing more than a classic old building standing on the corner of a busy intersection in downtown because of the exterior design built in honor of the old Union Station from the early 1900's. But the retractable roof is somehow the most amazing part of the entire stadium. Add in a train that runs along the railroad tracks built in the outfield and you got yourself a truly amazing ballpark.
12 Abandoned: Ft. Lauderdale Stadium (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
It does not take very much before an abandoned baseball stadium in Florida begins to rot away. The blistering hot sunshine beams ever so strongly all year long and without anyone ever using the stadium, it can get pretty ugly, pretty fast in Fort Lauderdale.
The stadium sat on a massive 64 acre property that makes up the cities airport but has not been used in six years due to the lack of baseball that happens to be down there. There just is no longer much love for the spring training days of the olden days so the stadium had no choice but to remain empty until the city can figure it out.
11 Stunning: CenturyLink Field (Seattle, Washington)
The Seattle Seahawks have one of the loudest crowds in all of sports which is amazing considering their stadium is not indoors. It is wide open, on both ends. Yet, somehow, the noise that their fans produce is still incredibly deafening. Even with that open roof, almost 70 percent of all seats are protected under it.
One of Seattle's most amazing features is its skyline. So when they designed the stadium, they made sure you could still see it from the North end of the stadium. But also do not forget about the "Hawks' Nest," which is a 3,000 seat bleacher area at the base of one of the end zones.
10 Abandoned: Herschel Greer Stadium (Nashville, Tennessee)
The former minor league baseball stadium turned into a complete mess after the Nashville Sounds moved into their new baseball field back in 2015. Once they moved all the offices out of the building, there was no one left to watch over the property and they basically just left it up to the city to figure out what they planned on doing with it.
It quickly became a problem for business owners nearby because of how vandals destroyed the entire stadium. All of the glasses from the press boxes and suites had been broken and the walls were covered in graffiti. Homeless people even started to call it home.
It remains standing today but there is a potential plan to have it demolished very soon, hopefully.
9 Stunning: Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
Even though the Alabama Crimson Tide continue to steamroll the SEC, and the rest of the country, in college football, the best play to play on a Saturday night is still down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The LSU Tigers have been playing in Tiger Stadium since 1924 when it opened to a crowd of 12,000. Almost 100 years later, the stadium still stands and now has a capacity of 102,321, which is usually filled every single weekend by some of the loudest fans in football.
8 Abandoned: Miami Marine Stadium (Miami, Florida)
In the wake of Hurricane Andrew, there are still many areas of Florida that remain abandoned. There are so many, in fact, that there is a website that is dedicated to the many areas and buildings that remain abandoned, and the site is very successful.
One of the most iconic sports stadiums to be left for dead is the Miami Marine Stadium that was once the home to the world's biggest powerboat racing tournaments. But when Hurricane Andrew struck in 1992, it left a ton of damage behind it including destroying Miami Marine Stadium to the point where it was no longer structurally sound.
7 Stunning: Coors Field (Denver, Colorado)
One of the things that everyone in Denver, Colorado knows about is selection. They are also known for their microbreweries. These microbreweries started popping up a few years back and really started to take off in the Denver area. The Blue Moon Brewery at The Sandlot sits just behind the right field stands and is hard to miss because it is located just by an entrance.
Not only is this a beautiful stadium from all viewpoints, it was designed so that you can see it from all directions. One of the streets that lead right into the stadium is 21st Street, which features a bunch of red brick buildings lined up the street, leading right into the main entrance to Coors Field.
6 Abandoned: Tiger Stadium (Detroit, Michigan)
It was not that long ago that Major League Baseball had several stadiums that were built in the early part of the 20th century. There were several iconic stadiums that all baseball fans had on their bucket lists that have since been turned into a parking lot including the Detroit Tigers old stadium.
The only two original stadiums left standing are Wrigley Field and Fenway Park, both of which will probably never be replaced, and deservedly so. For awhile, it looked as if the infamous Tiger Stadium would also join them but it was closed in 2001 and left to rot away.
5 Stunning: Ohio Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
When Ohio Stadium first opened, it was built with a seating capacity of 66,210, in 1922. That was a pretty big deal nearly 100 years ago and over the years, they kept increasing its seating capacity until it reached an amazing 104,944. But even with that capacity, it far surpassed it in 2016 when Michigan came to town and 110,045 people squeezed into "The Shoe."
If you are a fan of college football, than you have to watch a game at Ohio Stadium, it is truly one of the most amazing things any football fan can do. Throughout the sea of red is the legendary sounds coming from the OSU marching band.
4 Abandoned: Pontiac Silverdome (Pontiac, Michigan)
The Pontiac Silverdome cost $55.7 million to build in 1975 but things were a little different back in the day, which, they say, was a Tuesday. The naming rights for the stadium that replaced the Silverdome was $40 million alone. They have actually spent over $100 million in renovations on Ford Field since it opened back in 2002. The overall cost of the new building was closer to $700 million.
Since so many NFL teams have been spending a lot of time and energy getting new stadiums, by 2002, the Detroit Lions were ready for their own. The Silverdome was quickly abandoned and left to rot away until just under a year ago when they finally did tear it down.
3 Stunning: Maverick Stadium (Logan, Utah)
There is never a long line of people looking to purchase tickets for Utah State football games so there are a ton of people that have no clue what they are missing out on. The view alone is worth every single cent spent towards the purchase of a ticket. It is cheaper than going to Colorado and paying to stay at some overpriced resort in the mountains, and it is twice as beautiful.
Imagine cheering and rooting on your team while being able to look off into the distance at a beautiful mountain range as you sit high atop sea level in beautiful Logan, Utah. It is not the busiest of places but there really is not going to be many that provide the views you get from Maverik.
2 Abandoned: Astrodome (Houston, Texas)
Long before every single professional sports team got the funds to build themselves a mega-structure known as a sports complex, there was the Astrodome, in Houston, Texas. It was a thing of beauty thanks to it's circular design that made even the most symmetrical of humans happy.
On the inside, it was full of ground-breaking technological firsts like the scoreboard and the indoor climate control. It was such a massive structure that it was even called the "8th wonder of the world."
1 Stunning: Husky Stadium (Seattle, Washington)
When you are inside the stadium, it feels the same as any other Pac-12 football stadium. The beauty in this stadium is not from the perspective of the fans in the stands, it is from above, far above.
When you get high up in the sky and start looking down below, Husky Stadium quickly becomes the most amazingly beautiful sight to see in the entire country. The design of the stadium's upper decks give it an open look that allows you to see the beautiful Cascade Mountains just beyond the blue waters of Lake Washington. The stadium has been renovated but the structure itself has not changed since being built in 1920.