Ah, the good old sports that help part of the world go round. Chances are you're a sports fan to some degree since you stumbled upon this article. I'm going to give you a closer look at a topic that hasn't always been discussed in the sports world— stadiums! Sports fans often overlook the importance of the makeup stadiums, but they're just as important as the sporting event itself. After all, stadiums contribute towards the overall experience for any given fan regardless of their team allegiance.
If all sports stadiums were weird, then they'd pick up a win in the financial category as they were able to get a hold of your money towards tickets, concessions and gear. But they'd garner a loss in the repeat business category as you likely won't show up to another game in that quirky location unless if you absolutely had to do so. That being said, it's important to keep in mind that I'm not bashing these stadiums, but I'm pointing out their flaws that might drive fans away after their first outing at these particular venues. Constructive criticism has the ability to change the world around us, so don't be afraid to hold back if you're not feeling comfortable about anything or anyone as your words will probably aid in future changes.
Without further ado, here are 25 of the weirdest sports stadiums around the world we'd never want to visit. Let me know what you think in the comments section. Thanks for reading.
25 Oakland Coliseum (Oakland, CA, USA)
There's nothing that's really weird about the Coliseum in Oakland, but it's just a really outdated stadium and walking up to it just feels like you're going to jail, rather than to enjoy a sporting event. The stadium is used by both the Oakland Athletics and the Raiders, but both teams are planning their exit from the monstrosity, with the Raiders moving to Las Vegas and the A's closing in on a new deal for a stadium. There's really no need to go here unless you have a goal of crossing off all 30 MLB ballparks, (or all 31 NFL stadiums) off your bucket list.
24 Estadio Algarve (Faro, Portugal)
In 2004, the Estadio Algarve was the southernmost stadium created for the European Soccer Championships that year.
Now, the Estadio Algarve is the home of two Portuguese soccer clubs, Sporting Clube Farense and Louletano Desportos Clube.
But if you're looking for a more traditional stadium, you might want to skip the Estadio Algarve as it's architecturally strange due to its vernacular architecture, which means that the building's design was designed by the local culture, not the local architects and construction workers.
23 USS Midway Aircraft Carrier (San Diego, California)
Remember the college men's basketball game between the San Diego State Aztecs and Syracuse Orange back in 2012?
Well, that game, my friends, was actually played on the USS Midway Aircraft Career, which also features a Midway Museum. Moreover, that game was appropriately dubbed as the Battle of the Midway and its most prominent attendee was Barack Obama, who watched the Orange triumph over the Aztecs by a final score of 62-49.
However, if you're a victim of seasickness, you should avoid watching a basketball game on such a platform.
22 Beijing National Aquatics Center (Beijing, China)
The Beijing National Aquatics Center, also known as "The Water Cube," was the site where American swimming star Michael Phelps earned eight Olympic gold medals in 2008. It's also a site that was inspired by a cluster of bubbles, which was enforced to play off the roundness of the nearby Beijing Olympic Stadium.
The Beijing National Aquatics Center can be lit up at night to resemble the Bilbao Art Museum, but if you wanted to see extravagant lighting and what not, you'd probably go to a museum, not a sporting event.
21 Guangdong Stadium (Guangdong, China)
Guangdong Stadium can seat up to 80,000 people for soccer as well as track and field events. Moreover, Guangdong Stadium was the home of the 16th Asian Games in 2010.
For those who don't know, the Asian Games are a quadrennial event that's the Asian equivalent of the summer Olympics.
However, if you're going to judge the Guangdong Stadium on appearances alone, then this stadium won't be the right place for you. Its design element represents an image of a runner breaking the tape. Um okay?
20 Soccer City Stadium (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Well, look at we have here—the Soccer City Stadium! It was originally built in 1986, but underwent renovations for the sake of the 2010 World Cup. The 94,000 seat stadium hosted the World Cup's opening ceremony, first match and finale.
But the renovations at Soccer City Stadium may not be what you had hoped. Its facade is made of a highly compressed fibrous concrete with gaps that allow light to shine out at night. Some fans in attendance will be perplexed by all this.
19 Arthur Ashe Stadium (Queens, New York)
The Arthur Ashe Stadium boasts a retractable roof that has allowed play to continue, despite the weather. But you'll need earplugs as there's an echo chamber that sparks a louder experience.
Even tennis star Rafael Nadal has chimed in on this issue. Nadal told TennisNow.com: “I understand it's a show, at the end of the day, and I enjoy that. ... I feel part of this, of course, but under the roof, you know, we need to be a little bit more strict about the noise, in my opinion, no? Because all the noise stays inside, and this is difficult, no? With the roof open, feeling change a lot.”
18 The Float (Marina Bay, Singapore)
The Float is a relatively new stadium that opened in 2007. It was later converted to host the closing ceremonies for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010.
The Float, however, has a playing field that's by the water, so you won't see the players getting rowdy on the field as they'll be afraid to fall off it.
The same thing goes for the fans and you seriously won't see any fans with water-related fears as they won't be able to enjoy any sporting events at this specific stadium.
17 Honister Slate Mine (Keswick, United Kingdom)
Cricket is played 2,000 feet underground in a Cumbrian slate mine known as the Honister Slate Mine in the North of England. Yeah, it's possible to play in a mine, but it'll take forever to get the players and fans out of the matches.
The first ever underground match took place in 2013 when English village teams Caldbeck and Threlkeld battled each other for a victory. As you can see, these two teams had to use a mesh mat for the pitch.
16 Ericsson Globe (Stockholm, Sweden)
The Ericsson Globe may appear to be a colorful home for the Sweden national men's hockey team, but don't be fooled. It can seat up to 14,000 fans, but it's not just the largest spherical building in the world.
The Ericsson Globe serves as the sun in the world's largest scale model of the Milky Way.
The solar system is at a 1:20 million scale with the planets located throughout Stockholm and Sweden. So if you don't like sunlight, you shouldn't stop by for a visit.
15 Estadio Municipal De Braga (Braga, Portugal)
The Estadio Municipal de Braga was built for the 2004 UEFA European Championship and can seat up to 30,000 fans.
However, the Estadio Municipal de Braga's design features a bizarre combination of both natural and man-made elements. Also, its scoreboard is mounted on a granite cliff at the edge of the stadium and might topple over in the event of an earthquake or natural disaster. That definitely will be a bad thing for anyone in attendance during a day or night match.
14 Sprint Center (Kansas City, Missouri)
According to Popular Mechanics, the Sprint Center was built to be the centerpiece of the development of Kansas City, Mo., not to welcome home and away teams.
Yep, the Sprint Center has been the home of the Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament and the former home of the Kansas City Command of the AFL (Arena Football League), but it's a stadium that's more about sports architecture than sports performance. While there's nothing wrong with that—architecture can create gorgeous skylines—fans want to watch talented teams go head to head with each other too.
13 Ingalls Rink (New Haven, Connecticut)
The Ingalls Rink, also known as "The Yale Whale," remains as the home of Yale Bulldogs hockey.
So if you're a fan of college hockey, come on down...but you must realize that this particular rink wasn't built for sports in the first place.
Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, who's a Yale alum, designed the Ingalls Rink, which the Architectural Institute of America has selected as one of America's 150 favorite pieces of architecture.
Ingalls "was from a time when there were buildings that were highly figural and expressive," Niemuth told Popular Mechanic. "They were more than just sports buildings."
12 Lake St. Moritz (St. Moritz, Switzerland)
There's a lot of things to do in Switzerland, including playing polo and riding race horses on the frozen surface in Lake St. Moritz. In case some are unaware, horse races have been held in Lake St. Moritz since 1907. That has been 111 years so far! Aside from polo and horse racing, you can also follow horses on skis if you'd like.
You can play and watch various sports on a frozen surface, but it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.
11 Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg, Florida)
Tropicana Field opened for the Tampa Bay Rays of the MLB in 1998. Since its inception, there has been a lot of critics who have constantly pointed out its unusual features, including its retractable roof.
Yep, it's Florida and the weather will be bipolar, but there are tons of so-called traditional baseball fans who'd prefer everything to be outdoorsy.
That being said, a MLB team playing in what looks like a large warehouse, despite the warm, sunny temperatures...Well, that's an odd sight to see!
10 Ottmar Hitzfeld Stadium (Zermatt, Switzerland)
You're just steps away from a deadly drop off a cliff.
If that doesn't speak volumes on the Ottmar Hitzfeld Stadium, then I don't know what will. I mean, it has the highest football pitch in Europe at a whopping 2,000 meters above sea level. That's insane to say the least.
Don't get me wrong, the Ottamar Hitzfeld Stadium looks absolutely lovely, but anyone with a fear of heights or anxiety, then this stadium won't be the hangout for you.
9 Rock Stadium (Al Ain, Abu Dhabi)
The Rock Stadium is supposed to be a stadium, not a secret fortress for a villain.
According to the A'Design Award & Competition, the Rock Stadium's initial brief was to design a stand-alone football stadium for 40,000 fans in the Al Ain desert, but when the architects visited the Jebel Hafeet where the stadium was intended to be built, its slopes and overall orientation reminded them of the classic Greek amphitheater setting. That’s how the idea of carving into the mountain came to light.
Still, it looks like an obscure place to play or watch a game.
8 Kassam Stadium (Oxford, England)
The Kassam Stadium, also known as "Grenoble Road," has served as the home of the Oxford United Football Club since 2001.
The Kassam Stadium is an odd, three-sided stadium with horrible parking.
That's not a good combination and it has likely made you wonder why the construction crew never finished this particular stadium.
Of course, English soccer is fun to watch, but the Kassam Stadium is an average stadium at best. It's far from a high-end, homely accommodating type of sports-based venue.
7 Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos (Nunoa, Chile)
Yes, the Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos is the national stadium of Chile. It's also the largest stadium in Chile with an official capacity of 48,665 for sporting events and 60,000-plus for concerts.
But the history of the Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos is rather checkered as it was the site of a stadium tragedy where nine people succumbed as a result of an international stampede between Argentina and Chile. Also, it's located in a residential neighborhood with few entertainment options. Not cool if you're looking to plan a guys or girls' night out.
6 Palma Arena (Palma, Spain)
The Palma Arena is a multi-sport arena, but it drew a lot of attention following the "Battle of the Surfaces" when Spain's Rafael Nadal took on Switzerland's Roger Federer back in 2007. Half the court is grass and the other half is clay. This particular battle can make for some lopsided matches, and for the fans, a never-ending question of "Why can't it be all grass—whether it'd be real or fake?"
Nadal was on the clay, while Federer stood on the grass. In the end, Nadal won the "Battle of the Surfaces." Still, neither player fully enjoyed the experience.
5 Eidi Stadium (Faroe Islands)
The Eidi Stadium is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Of course, it boasts a gorgeous view, but it's not a safe place to watch a game—especially for the kids and teenagers.
Prior to this entry, you might not have heard of the Faroe Islands before...and that's perfectly fine. That's why we're here.
The Eidi Stadium is the home of the lesser-known Faroe Islands National Soccer Team.
Its beauty, however, has been unable to make up for the lack of talent...and safety, for that matter.
4 Igraliste Batarija (Trogir, Croatia)
Yep, the Igraliste Batarija is a special soccer stadium. After all, it's located between the two UNESCO World Heritage sites.
But if conduct some in-depth research not related to the soccer matches played at Igraliste Batarija, you'll find out that it's strange. Croatia's HNK Trogir went one step further by situating their ground between not one, but two 15th century fortresses. The tower of St. Marco is located behind one goal, while Kamerlengo Castle is behind the other. That's why some soccer players have called to arms to turn their stadium into a fortress.
3 Eco Stadium Janguito Malucelli (Curitiba, Brazil)
Brazil's very own Eco Stadium Janguito Malucelli is certainly one of a kind. First off, it's the first eco stadium in the South American country. Second, its grass-covered seats can seat up to 6,000 fans and media members.
Lastly, the designers who came up with such an idea used recycled wood for their construction project.
But, unless if you're an extreme nature lover, you're not going to be a big fan of the Eco Stadium because you must have everything modern.
2 Burj Al Arab Hotel Helipad (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Remember when Switzerland's Roger Federer and America's Andre Agassi enjoyed a match from 692 feet above? And, of course, diving for the ball wasn't recommended.
Tennis, however, wasn't the only sport that has been played on the Burj Al Arab Hotel Helipad. Golf has also been played on the sky-high stadium. Golfer Roy McIlroy practiced a short game in 2011.
If you suffer from vertigo, then look away now. Just close your eyes, scroll down and look for another stadium.
1 Uummannaq Ice Golf Course (Uummannaq, Greenland)
While this isn't a stadium, this is just too unique a sporting venue not to include. How about ice golf at Uummannaq Ice Golf Course?
As you can see, the Uummannaq Ice Golf Course has been stripped of the iconic greens of the Augusta National Club for ice-cold whites and ice cold's not an understatement. If you're going to play a round of ice golf, you must keep in mind to use colored balls instead of plain balls or else you're going to have a hard time finding the balls.
If you're not a fan of freezing temperatures, you should pass on attending the annual World Ice Golf Championship at Uummannaq Ice Golf Course.