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With the Vet in contention, the battle here is for second place.


We asked the citizens of SportsNation to tell us about their worst experience at a football stadium. They were not bashful. We received over 2,000 e-mails in a matter of hours, each shouting out the stadium with the worst traffic, seats, bathrooms, fans and parking lots.


Here is a sampling of the votes cast for the worst NFL stadium around.



The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

Minnesota fans used to enjoy the true elements of Metropolitan Stadium from 1961-1981. Back then, there were two frozen tundras. Minnesota coach Bud Grant did not allow heaters on the sidelines, saying they softened up the players, and made it tougher to adjust to the cold, when they stepped on the field. THAT was football.


Now, Minnesota fans walk into a carpeted tomb, where nobody takes off their shirt, and they scream only when the scoreboard tells them to. I blame these changes on the stadium much more than the fans. Going to the "Rollerdome," as Ditka calls it, is like watching a game in your living room, sitting next to your mother-in-law!
Dave La Fond
Albertville, Minn.

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OK., I'll give you that, the Vet is bad; I have seen a couple games there to know this, but a close second is the Metrodome in Minneapolis.


The stadium is an eyesore. It has horrible plastic blue seats and the facilities are also the kind that make you want to wait until you go home. Plus it looks like something out of Tron; its nickname is the big inflatable toilet for a reason.


But above all, there is one word for you that sets it below all other stadiums in quality: ASTROTURF. Now I'm not talking about the nice artificial surface that the Lions and others play on with ground-up tires underneath it. I'm talking about hard as rocks, grab your ACL and rip it out, might as well paint it gray like the concrete it is, Astroturf. I can't imagine the pain that players that have to leap to make grabs and fall to the ground feel. I think they give free skin grafts after games.


Hands down, the Metrodome stinks. I can't wait for the day I get to bring the popcorn and watch it implode.
T.J. Thiel
Minneapolis

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The parking isn't bad, because there is no parking. You have to find some side street to park on or a private lot that charges up to $35 for a parking space. The corridors are so small you HAVE to shove your way through. It takes forever to get out of the stadium because they close off half the doors so the roof doesn't deflate while everybody's leaving. Bathrooms have pee troughs. (But at least nobody is peeing in the corners like Packer Rubes.)


It's just one big cement bunker that nobody likes. And it's even worse for baseball. The only good thing was the loud music that used to screw up the opposing team, but the NFL made them turn that down.
Tony Wick
Rosemount, Minn.

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Although it was a toss up with Candlestick, or whatever they are calling it this week. I have always said if the Packers can play football in the winter in Green Bay and thrive -- why can't the Vikes do the same?!


The Vikings look so much better on grass. I mean, even the Bengals look good on grass.
Ronnie Star
Minnesota

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The Stadium at Candlestick Point (3Com)

The area of the nation known for its rich innovation, technology and stature has a stadium that is older than Joe Theismann. Joe can get the job done, but let's upgrade here (one more hit might retire it for good.)
Drew Reinig
Sacramento

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For a team with much storied history, 3Com stinks out loud. First off, it is piggyback to the worst neighborhood in all of S.F -- Hunter's Point. If you have been there, you know what I am talking about. Secondly, the layout of this stadium is vomitous. The walkways are as wide as a U-Haul, at best. I spent an entire third quarter buying a beer earlier this year. So about $15 of my ticket was spent waiting in line and missing one-fourth of the game. It takes almost two hours to get out of the parking lot -- if you dare drive. The TV's in the stadium make those Zenith's from the Motel 8 in 1982 look like plasma flatscreens. Blow it up and get me a stadium worthy of a five-time Super Bowl champ, please!
Kevin Sinclair
San Francisco

Once the Vet is imploded later this year, Candlestick will be the biggest dump in the NFL. Sorry Vikings, Colts and Saints. Your domes are palaces compared to the Stick. The upper deck has cracks and is rusting over. The parking lot floods every time it rains. Somehow, the Bengals and Lions have brand-new stadiums and those teams eternally stink. The 49ers have won five Super Bowls in five apppearances and they can't get a new stadium.


If built, the NFL has told them they would be in the Super Bowl rotation with Miami, New Orleans, San Diego and Tampa Bay. Millions of dollars for San Francisco Super Bowls are going to places like Jacksonville, Detroit and Houston. The stadium would have been built already if Eddie DeBartolo still owned the team. Look at what Pac Bell Park did for the Giants. John York needs to figure it out or sell the team to someone who cares. The 49ers and their fans deserve a first-class stadium and a Super Bowl every five years.
John Zile
Pleasanton, Ca.

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RCA Dome

The RCA Dome is as dynamic as a trash bag. When you fill a gargantuan concrete stadium with typical Colts fans -- in other words, grandmothers who knit between Manning interceptions -- the outcome is one of the more boring places to watch an NFL game. RCA must stand for "Retirement Community Atmosphere."
Nick Johnson
Seattle

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The stadium is almost 20 years old and seating is not worth the price of admission. It used to seat 62,000+, now it seats in the mid-50s. The cheapest seats are right next to the replay screen ... but the only way to see the game from up there is to watch the screen that you can't see. (Bring your neck brace). Then there's the parking!
Patrick
RCA Dome

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I love the Colts and I love Indianapolis, but the RCA Dome is the worst stadium in the NFL. It has absolutely no character. The concourse is gray and drab, as is the outside, with the exception of two player pictures. The field is injury-excessive turf. The scoreboard is smaller than that of most high schools and the jumbo screen is tough to see from many angles. The lower-level seats are uncomfortable and sans drink holders while upper level seats are cold, hard benches. The lines to get inside are totally unorganized. Warning: if you go to get food/drink during halftime, you will miss most of the third quarter.
Matt
Indianapolis

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[/B]Invesco Field at Mile High[/B]

New stadium, new cushion seats, new corporate suites, new club level, new bathrooms ... it sucks! This corporate shrine to Pat Bowlen does not deserve to have the name "Mile High" anywhere in it's title. It's white-collar corporate attendees have replaced the blue-collar, Mile High South Standers ... effectively removing the Broncos' home-field advantage (see 2002 home record). In the Monday night game against Indy, half the seats where empty by halftime of a game that went to OT! If these softies would have a few jugs of warm draft beer instead of a fruity martini once in a while, maybe the Donkeys make the playoffs. Death to the corporate flunkies! Long live the South Stands!!
Matt
Denver

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The stadium is deader than a fish in the desert. I used to be afraid of going deaf at Mile High games ... at Invseco, I can barely hear the crowd.
Nate
Denver

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Sun Devil Stadium

Fans cram into a COLLEGE stadium only to bake in constant 100+ degree weather, on the metal bleachers with an upper deck full of crickets, only to watch the sorriest franchise in pro sports -- the Cardinals.
Derek
Tempe

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OK, like it isn't bad enough that we have to share it with college kids, but the bathrooms are straight out of a bad '70s movie, and the parking is atrocious. The only good thing for a Cardinals' season-ticket holder (yes I am one of the nine) is we get in and out with ease because there is, pretty much, no traffic! The turf, one time considered one of the best in the NFL and college ranks looks terrible now.


And don't let anyone tell you "it's a dry heat," either!
Mark Tarabori
Phoenix

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A stadium lives or dies based on its "presence," which relies heavily on its fans. Cleveland fans put up with the "Mistake By the Lake" for years, but it was still loved because it had "presence." Bad bathrooms, traffic, seats, etc. can all be stomached if the stadium, when filled, has "presence." That said, Sun Devil Stadium is the worst. Period. No fans, no enthusiasm. The place doesn't even belong to the pro franchise that plays in it! Believe me, if the Cardinals had a quality team or an actual fan base, this franchise would have their own stadium by now, instead of having to squat with some college kids for over fifteen years.
J.D. Wyneken
Athens, Ohio

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Texas Stadium

Have you ever seen Texas Stadium? The first time I drove past it, I figured it was under construction -- later I found out that they wanted the concrete girders on the outside. (???)


Inside the stadium, there is a choice of hot dogs, stale pizza, or frito pie (fritos with chili over it). That's about it.


The place literally stinks -- it's mostly covered and stuffy. The stench is incredible by the fourth quarter, but by then, most CowGirl fans are too drunk to notice or are already on their way home from a big loss in the making.
Todd
Dallas

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With so many new stadiums out there, it's tough to find a (moderately) old one that is so bad ... but the vote goes to Texas Stadium for two reasons: 1. In the spirit of James Dean -- it's Turf without a cause. Come on', Philly could at least justify the Vet by saying that it got too cold in winter to maintain grass ... what's Dallas' excuse? 2. That stupid catwalk that puts shadows onto the playing field for every afternoon game ... great design, fellas.
Patrick Byrnett
Washington, DC

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Giants Stadium

Giants Stadium -- for the JETS!! How embarrassing must it be for the Jets to play at home in a stadium named after another NFL team. Not to mention the fact that its in the swamps of New JERSEY; talk about adding insult to injury.
Ben Thomas
Philly

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Ericcson Stadium

The place is not a real stadium, I'm convinced. It's actually just a big convention center for business meetings. I went to the Jets-Panthers game last year with my father and brother, and we're from N.J., and we were decked out in our green shirts and face paint. The Jets were doing particularly well on one drive and we were standing and yelling ... one woman actually turned around and asked us to quiet down because she was trying to talk to someone! I was, and still am, blown away by this place.
Brian
Raleigh

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Paul Brown Stadium

Originally from Philly, the Vet holds a special place in my heart. From the judge in the basement that turns the local jail into the 700 Club's Winter retreat, to the seats that seem to be colder than the temperature, the Vet has an atmosphere that the new stadiums can't come close to providing. The field has its problems, but none of us answering online queries like this one ever have to worry about that. But at least with the passing of the concrete giant, the sports world will turn its attention to what I believe is currently the worst place in the NFL, the Bengals' Paul Brown Stadium. The turf is a constant mess, and the grass comes up in clumps. To make it worse, the team stinks. Having to play eight games there is a disadvantage to any team's running game, which is the Bengals' only offensive weapon. Basically, Mikey Boy has made it so a young, mediocre team has to win on the road. Sorry Marvin, but maybe it'd be better to be a Spartan.
Big Mike
Los Angeles

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Network Associates Coliseum

The Black Hole is the worst stadium because of their fans!!! It's like going to a gang fight not knowing who's on your side. I went to a game in 2001 and watched two Raider fans fight each other, then fight other fans just because the Raiders had lost. What's that all about? Not only was there fighting but there was drug use in the stands. To sum up my experience in the Black Hole, it was like Halloween at Woodstock.
Coach D
San Diego

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FedEx Field

FedEx field is awful compared to old RFK. It's a poster-child for "bigger is not always better." FedEx has absolutely no character -- from the tailgaiting to the stadium itself. We have gone from a great downtown location, where tailgating was awesome, to a terrible blacktop in the middle of nowhere, equipped with one bathroom per 2000 people. Not to mention the "cheap" seat holders are slowly but surely being pushed further and further away from the stadium due to Jersey walls in the parking lot which designate the "Club" level parking. Have you seen the Club level in the games -- they are the empty ring of seats you see on TV each Sunday. The traffic, stadium, team and tailgating have become so unenjoyable, I now have to eat tickets -- I can't even give 'em away half the time! The last straw for me was when Danny Boy put in a few more hundred seats, effectively blocking the field from view from either of the bars.
Tim Riviello
Washington, DC

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Qualcomm Stadium

We're amazed that they hold Super Bowls at this place. Unaffectionately known to locals as "The Q," Qualcomm Stadium is easily the biggest pit in all of sports. Even with the redeming quality of being located in San Diego, the Q is still a nightmare in the world of stadiums. The food is bad, the views are bad, there are walls and worn-out cement slabs ... and the home team usually loses.


You want views of mountains, beaches or bays? Not here! Instead, the Q offers a peek at San Diego's finest Costco.
Eric Benson
San Diego

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Lincoln Park Field

I understand the Vet is outdated and its playing surface horrendous, but its replacement, Lincoln Financial Field, is the real problem. Where else but the Vet can "real" pigskin fans enjoy cheap tickets, cheap seats, and the company of fellow hardworking blue-collar workers cheering and booing their hometown team. Lincoln Financial Field represents everything that is greedy in modern sports. Not only are the Eagles moving away from the Vet, they are moving away from their "true" supporters and fanbase. Its best summed up this way...


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Veterans Stadium: 45 mil
Cheap Seats: 50 bucks
Public Indecency Citation: 200 bucks
Being able to boo, cheer, throw snowballs, fight, afford tickets, and peek in cheerleaders' locker rooms: Priceless!


Farewell Vet.
Christopher Scott
Waco,Texas


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