With the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in the news - the Minnesota House and Senate passed a $975 million plan for a new fixed-roof stadium Thursday, which now awaits Gov. Mark Dayton's signature - TIME magazine on Wednesday posted its list of the country's 10 worst venues in all of professional sports. The list is bound to rile fans (especially those in California, a state whose facilities hold down four of the 10 spots). No big surprise that the Metrodome tops the list.
Here is the magazine's ranking of stadiums, along with a writer's comment about each one:
10. Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles: "Fisticuffs may fly at any time."
9. U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago: "If you don't like the poor view from the cheap seats, don't think you can get a reprieve by taking a walk around the park between innings. U.S. Cellular is one of the only ballparks in the country that doesn't allow patrons to leave the section they've paid for, even just to take a look at other parts of the stadium."
8. Fenway Park, Boston: "It would be remiss to not acknowledge the terrible sight lines and crumbling structure that greets guests."
7. Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis: "The sands of time for renovation are quickly evaporating, along with support for the $124 million renovation plan."
6. Candlestick Park, San Francisco: "Candlestick, as a structure, is about as inspiring as a shoebox."
5. O.Co Coliseum, Oakland: "The attempt to add more seats by building a massive upper deck in baseball's outfield was widely derided."
4. Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego: "Built in the late 1960s, Qualcomm's architects opted for a Brutalist-style arena. … The access ramps have been plunked down like giant Slinkys."
3. Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay: "Catwalks? Check. Poor sight lines? Check. Rude service staff? Check. Mile walk from where your car is parked to the stadium? Check. The feeling you're trapped in a giant pinball machine populated by whizzing baseballs ready to plop into your $8 Bud Light? Check."
2. Nassau Coliseum, Long Island: "It's not called the Nassau Mausoleum for nothing."
1. Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis: Why don't we just let this video speak for itself?