The worst NFL stadiums are old, worn down, and in dire need of repair or overall renovation. Just like my article on the best stadiums, this list only includes stadiums that are 100 percent outdoors. Here are the top five worst stadiums the NFL has to offer:
5. O.Co Coliseum, Oakland, CA, Oakland Raiders
Originally just “The Coliseum,” this home to the Oakland Raiders was built in 1966 and also hosts the MLB’s Oakland Athletics. It is the last multi purpose stadium to host an NFL and MLB team. It has always been in competition with its neighbor to the west, San Francisco, and this is going to be a competition the Raiders win for now. In 1996, expansion took place at O.Co with the addition of over 10,000 seats in the upper deck bringing, football, capacity to 63,026. With talks of building a bay-area football only stadium that would host both the Raiders and the Niners, solutions could be coming soon for two of the oldest, active NFL stadiums.
4. FedEx Field, Landover, MD, Washington Redskins
The overall design and renovations to the stadium were to stuff the owner’s pockets more without giving fans a more enjoyable experience. Opening in 1997 and having a capacity of 82,000 the home of the Washington Redskins comes in at number four. Where to begin. First let us start with the “Partial View Seating.” A group of seats installed in 2004 in the 200 level of FedEx. Known to fans as “the cave” the view from these seats can be blocked by pillars, the overhang blocks views from punts and field goals, the lack of incline makes the view blocked by heads of fans in front, and the seats are narrower than others in the stadium. But not to worry, color televisions are installed in view of these seats so you do not miss any of the action. Owner Dan Snyder sells bottles of water for $5 a pop and probably makes a nice little profit seeing how there are six water fountains in the stadium. During a Paul McCartney concert in 2009, these fountains, and even the toilets, didn’t work because the water was shut off. Maybe Snyder should start being a little more sympathetic to the most passionate fans in the NFL rather than making more money for himself.
3. Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL, Miami Dolphins
Formally Joe Robbie Stadium, and formally home to the Florida Marlins, the 75,192 capacity Sun Life Stadium comes in at number three. Sun Life also hosts the Orange Bowl and the Miami Hurricanes. Having experienced this stadium first hand, it is pretty miserable. Sad thing is, before the Marlins moved in, this was a designed football stadium. It was converted in to a multi-sport stadium in 1990, it was decided the MLB’s newest expansion team would be moving to South Florida. But now with the Miami Marlins getting their own, baseball only stadium, renovations are taking place to convert Sun Life back in to a complete football stadium. How much doing and re-doing is going to take place until they just build a new home for the Dolphins. Everyone knows the city of Miami has the money somewhere.
2. Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, NY, Buffalo Bills
Built in 1973, and looking to be abandoned, Ralph Wilson Stadium is second on the Worst Stadium’s list. Originally Rich Stadium, this football only stadium currently seats 73,079 fans during a given Sunday. The stadium has never had a natural grass surface; Astroturf was installed when the stadium was being built. In Wilson’s defense he has done some great renovations to try to get the fans to come in. He installed an 88.8; by 32.5’ LED big screen in 2007. When the stadium seating capacity was reduced in 1998, it was refitted with larger seats and more luxury and club seating. But if the Bills don’t produce a winning team, they could be movie to Toronto before you know it.
1. Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco 49ers
This is a shame this historic stadium has to be number one. Built in 1960, this stadium should not host an NFL team anymore. Originally built for the San Francisco Giants of the MLB, the Niners moved to the Stick in 1971, and since, the Giants have moved to their own baseball only stadium. The seats have always been too far from the field; originally, the stadium was just unbearable cold due to inadequate heating systems. Even when it was a baseball stadium, visiting teams complained that their dugout was much colder than the home teams. On December 19th, 2011, in a game between the Niners and Steelers, the power went out not once but twice because of a blown transformer. But Candlestick does have historical value, so it cannot be demolished; The Beatles gave their final full concert here on August 29th, 1966.