10 worst stadiums +1 FBS, Dunedin

Thu, 4 Sep 2014 at 11:24 p.m.

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minnesota Vikings (AP Photo by Ann Heisenfelt)Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minnesota Vikings. [AP/Ann Heisenfelt]

### sportsbreak.com 1 month ago
10 Worst Sports Stadiums Ever Built
By Jack Choros
It’s funny that possibly the worst stadium ever built, especially among those built in the last 20 years, would be the Rogers Center in Toronto. It was supposed to be a state-of-the-art facility with a full-fledged hotel and a fitness centre attached to it that no other sports franchise could rival. It took about five years for the Rogers Center to become obsolete. The same old story tends to repeat itself for other stadiums. For proof, just look at this top 10 list:

10. Candlestick Park, San Francisco 49ers
9. Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis Rams
8. Joe Louis Arena
7. FedEx Field, Washington Redskins
6. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
5. Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento Kings
4. Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Rays
3. Oakland Coliseum
2. Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minnesota Vikings
1. Rogers Center, Toronto

View photo and commentary for each stadium at http://www.sportsbreak.com/sports/10-worst-sports-stadiums-ever-built/?PageSpeed=noscript


Forsyth Barr Stadium - exterior [stuff.co.nz]Fubar stadium, Dunedin [stuff.co.nz]

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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10 responses to “10 worst stadiums +1 FBS, Dunedin

  1. Elizabeth

    Link fixed to sportsbreak.com at post.

  2. It was the Rogers Centre in Toronto that Paul held up as the shining example for the Forsyth Barr Stadium. Seems they both are ‘duds’. As a matter of interest, the frauds never stop. Have a look at the latest proposal of Queens Park in the UK. You would almost think they had ‘cut and pasted Malcolm’s pitch.’

  3. Peter

    Amusing to see the graphics for the newly proposed stadium at Queens Park. All space age and lit up to startle.It reminded me of that bullshit video clip for the 27 storey hotel that Sing Song was going to put up. The people, who put these fantasies together, wank.
    How does a stadium create a new housing estate for people? Malcolm must have wished he had pushed that line, but opted for the ‘plethora’ of cafes and restaurants that were going to open at the stadium.

  4. So blinded and willing to blind others were Malcolm and others that they just did not take account of other stadium failures throughout the world or of the extremely low population here or of the fact so many now have movie theatres in their lounges and watch games with their mates on SKY.

  5. Mike

    To be fair their “the worst stadiums ever built” is missing the qualifier “in North America”

    • Elizabeth

      Doesn’t really matter, few stadiums “work” internationally and those that do I think it was Phil who once supplied the arguments about including easy commuting distance for the (at scale) target audience. We’ve trafficked all this previously at What if? – the cons. This post at top of thread is just a feint reminder on the glibness with which DCC entered into this farce.

      Sam Richardson at Massey University is another commentator who applies himself well to the critical discourse and has published on it.

      All this and more was available to DCC before they made the stadium decision and which took Farry and Co of CST (on the day the DCC made their decision to build the stadium) to Alibi Bar where they drank Screaming Orgasm cocktails, and charged the whole evening to the Dunedin ratepayers – the invoice exists, ask DCC.

      On Sam Richardson, a recent mention in Stuff and Sunday Star-Times (previously posted at What if?):

      What about the state of New Zealand stadiums?
      Last updated 05:00 14/06/2014

  6. Elizabeth

    On Fubar and the University Oval….
    Johnstone away with fairies – comments received have a better grip.

    ### stuff.co.nz Last updated 15:56, February 16 2015
    Johnstone: Cricket World Cup highlights New Zealand’s embarrassing stadiums
    By Duncan Johnstone
    OPINION: The opening phase of the Cricket World Cup has emphasised the embarrassing state of New Zealand’s sporting stadiums. Just as the country was glowing over the Black Caps’ impressive opening effort against Sir Lanka at the hastily built Hagley Oval, some perspective was put on proceedings when the coverage switched across the Tasman. Australia’s opening match was mind-blowing in comparison – 84,336 crammed into a revamped Melbourne Cricket Ground.
    […] Dunedin did the country proud with the state-of-the-art indoor stadium delivered in time for the Rugby World Cup. It looks a prototype that could serve other areas of New Zealand well, particularly with the country’s notoriously poor winter weather. But the Dunedin effort would need to be upscaled in terms of size if it was to compete for major rugby internationals like Bledisloe Cup matches. As for Dunedin’s blossoming cricket ground at the University Oval which hosts New Zealand clash with Scotland tomorrow, it will also fall into the “quaint” category when it is compared to what is in store from across the Tasman.
    Read more + Comments

  7. I would describe this person (Johnstone) with a word that rhymes with banker for writing such a pathetic story. Must have been desperate for an idea.

  8. Calvin Oaten

    Why is it that ‘wankers’ like Johnstone and ‘sports jocks’ generally, have absolutely no concept of value? It’s like money has no place in the society in which they see themselves. Except for shoveling as much as they can into their own pockets, the notion of where these stadium’s financing comes from never seems to enter their feathery little brains. It’s all just oohs! and aahs! at the idea of magnificence. It’s just about a bat hitting a ball, or worse, a head hitting a ball, boot, body, ground, whatever. That probably explains it.
    Brains? Checked in at the gate, not to be displayed anywhere near the venue.

  9. Randall

    The SkyDome is certainly not deserving of “The #1 worst stadium ever built”! It is not oversized as the article suggests – it has the fourth highest attendance in 2016 in MLB. Also the roof takes 20 minutes to close, not 30-40 minutes, which is plenty of time to prevent games from being rained (or snowed) out, which is the purpose. Where is Olympic Stadium on this list? It is literally falling apart!

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