Worst NFL Stadiums

The NFL has become America’s favorite pastime. Many of its teams have been working to improve the fan experience, especially with rising ticket prices in football. Some cities have great stadiums and give the fan a complete experience.  You’ll see these teams with more of a home field advantage than some of the others.

Other markets are just trying to make sure the team doesn’t leave to go elsewhere. For a variety of reasons here are the worst stadiums in the NFL.  You won’t see them hosting a Super Bowl any time soon.

Oakland Alameda Coliseum – Oakland Raiders

It’s amazing that one of the most historic franchises in NFL history still can’t get their own stadium. The Oakland Alameda Coliseum is the only multi-sport facility still in use for both MLB baseball and NFL football. If this wasn’t enough, the old stadium has curves in the seating arrangement that puts fans in awkward in relation to the field. The cherry on top may be the fact that the building has plumbing issues that have included sewage backups that have been enormous.

Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego Chargers

Despite an ideal location, Qualcomm Stadium is more than fifty years old. The concrete structure shows cracks and signs of aging. Furthermore the stadium does not have many of the modern features that most stadiums have. The press box and locker rooms also leave a lot to be desired.

Ralph Wilson Stadium – Buffalo Bills

More than forty years old, Ralph Wilson Stadium should be a thing of the past. The stadium walls do little to keep the fans and play on the field from the strong Lake Erie winds. A domed stadium seems much more appropriate for a team that plays in the conditions that this team does. Ownership seems slow to think about a new stadium, so fans may be stuck for some time.

FedEx Field – Washington Redskins

Fed Ex Field does have it’s advantages, such as the large seating capacity of 90,000. The fan experience however doesn’t seem to be very good. A number of the seats have been removed to add party zones and make it to sell out games. It is challenging to get to the stadium if you are using public transportation. The grass surface has been a constant criticism by many throughout the league.

Sun Life Stadium – Miami Dolphins

Sun Life Stadium was once seen as great but just doesn’t meet current NFL standards. The stadium offers very little comfort for fans. Fans in the north stands are subjected to the Florida heat and almost all fans have no protection from the Florida rain. Simply put the stadium is getting old and no longer offers the excitement of new stadiums.

Best NFL Stadiums to See a Game

All NFL stadiums are not created equal. Here is a list of the top stadiums in the league.

AT&T Stadium

Known to many as “Jerry’s World” this amazing stadium sits in the heart of Dallas and is home to the Cowboys. The stadium has a retractable roof and an amazing video board that measures 72’ high by 160’ wide equaling 11,520 square feet per side. The stadium itself cost a whoping 1.3 billion dollars just to build. It has already hosted major events like the 2010 NBA All Star Game and Super Bowl XLV.

Lambeau Field

Perhaps the best experience for a fan in the NFL, Lambeau Field is home to the Green Bay Packers. The nearly sixty year old stadium recently underwent great renovations. This publicly owned stadium has had more than $500 million in recent upgrades. The stadium has almost a college feel to it and the tailgating is second to none. The stadium is known for the famous ‘Lambeau Leap’ where players jump into the stadium after scoring a touchdown. Lambeau also holds a number of concerts, ice hockey games and snowmobile racing.

CenturyLink Field

Perhaps the loudest stadium in the NFL, CenturyLink Field is home to the Seattle Seahawks. Built in 2001 this stadium has a retractable roof that opens to a beautiful Seattle skyline. CenturyLink Field is known for it’s great atmosphere and notoriously loud arena. The stadium is so loud it was once in the Guinness World Record books for being the loudest stadium in the world. Although this is not one of the bigger NFL stadiums, it more than makes up for it in sound and atmosphere.

Arrowhead Stadium

Another loud and exciting stadium, Arrowhead is home to the Kansas City Chiefs. One of the NFL’s oldest stadiums it underwent recent upgrades in the neighborhood of $400 million. The iconic seating bowl is a staple of the area. Arrowhead is known for it’s amazing tailgating area. Great barbecue is what you usually get when you go there.

Heinz Field

Home to the famous black and gold, Heinz Field is a historic place for football. The plaza in the south end provides great views of the Ohio River. The museum on the main floor allows Steelers fans to go on a trip down football’s memory lane. The area is known for great restaurants and bars across the bridge downtown. Although primarily it serves as the Steelers home, Heinz Field did host the Hockey Winter Classic in 2011.

We have also put together a list of the worst stadiums in the league.

How Super Bowl Cities Are Chosen

Ever wonder how they choose where to hold the Super Bowl? You would think that it would only be in a party town, but this is not so. The NFL (National Football League) tells us that they take certain things into consideration when choosing the stadium. These things are:

1. The city wants to either build a new stadium or improve the one that is already there.  You won’t find any of the worst stadiums hosting.
2. The city or arena has a good franchise.
3. The city plays well with others.
4. The city may even have to beg a little.

For instance, when the Super Bowl was played in Indianapolis the city was able to build a new state of the art stadium. The Colts franchise was able to put up one hundred million dollars, and the procedes from the Super Bowl paid the rest. Cities bid for the holding the Super Bowl as it brings in not only money but it gives the city prestige. Why would the city not want the Super Bowl? It can bring in as much as two million dollars during the game week.

The bidding process is kept as secretive as possible. It can take more than one round of bidding to pick the city that will hold the game. When the 2014 Super Bowl was chosen, it took four rounds of secret ballots in order to pick New Jersey.

The 2009 Super Bowl chose Tampa because Tampa offered all the owners a golf outing with Arnold Palmer, along with one hundred fifty tickets to Busch Garden theme park. The Cowboys Stadium was chosen in 2011 because the stadium paid the league one million dollars to cover the cost of game day.  It didn’t hurt that it is one of the best NFL stadiums.

The city for Super Bowl 51 was chosen at the owners’ spring meeting in May 2013. It is going to be held at Reliant Stadium which was renamed NRG Stadium in 2014. It will be played on February 5, 2017, in Houston, Texas. Houston must offer great incentives since this the third time that the Super Bowl has been held in Houston. The first one was in 1974 and the second was in 2004.

The selection for Super Bowl LI had Houston competing against Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. Florida’s bid depended on renovating the stadium. When Florida legislature would not approve funding they lost their chance. Their loss gave Houston the edge, and they were chosen.

There is a little controversy concerning Houston’s hosting the game. The voters rejected an ordinance which prohibited discrimination by gender identity in housing, and in city contracting. The NFL stated that since Houston was already chosen they would just leave it that way. While Houston will still host Super Bowl 51 even tho, there are still concerns that there will be a backlash against the Super Bowl-centered around sponsorship and entertainment.

You can check out the NFL’s Super Bowl history page to see where the event has been held in the past.