Bad sports stadiums are universal, even if we think the US has a monopoly on them. From rickety staircases to flooded fields, patchy turf, cracks, and leaks – it’s any wonder some of these grounds ever got the tick of approval in the first place. Did these people go to the George Castanza School of Architecture?
Ugly designs are the worst crime of the lot. The landlord and patrons can forgive some wear and tear on facilities, it’s part and parcel of following our team through a long season. But when passers by have to see weird arches and roofing that looks suitable for a prison, you have to wonder what on earth these people were thinking.
Massive corporate entities like the International Olympic Committee and FIFA are the two guiltiest parties when it comes to creating white elephants that stink the joint out.
Sure the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA have their moments, but a nation like Greece doesn’t go belly up with their economy if they invested in jobs and infrastructure rather than Athens 2004.
And don’t even get us started on what Qatar 2022 will end up looking like post 2023, it’s not even worth thinking about. While countries like the US, UK and Australia had to put the checks and balances in place to ensure all stadia came up to speed, FIFA opted for new air conditioned grounds to be built by slave labor in the middle of the desert.
So bring your hard hat and get the bulldozers ready to prepare the big ball and chain because these are 20 stadiums that should be demolished right now! Ca Boom!
20 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
19 Stade Louis II
18 FedEx Field
17 Qualcomm Stadium
16 Rogers Centre
15 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
14 Stadio Artemio Franchi
13 Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre
12 Sleep Train Arena
11 Spotless Stadium
10 Nou Sardenya
9 Dolen Omurzakov Stadium
8 Edward Jones Dome
7 Priestfield Stadium
6 Oakland Coliseum
5 The Den Millwall
4 WACA Ground Perth
3 Arthur Ashe Stadium
2 Athens Olympic Stadium
1 Tropicana Field
The dome is doomed. Even by Floridian standards, how anyone saw fit to create the Tropicana Field for the Tampa Bay Rays to play baseball is beyond all comprehension. From the disgusting interior that’s been compared to a warehouse environment to the obscure catwalks hanging aloft the ceiling for some reason, there is no argument to justify how this venue got up and running. There’s not even a barrier in place between the bullpen and the field of play, how does that even work? Clearly the worst of the worst and should be demolished immediately!
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