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Top 5 Most Dangerous Professional Sports Venues in the United States

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Top 5 Most Dangerous Professional Sports Venues

Gary A. Vasquez-USA Today Sports

You may remember the fight that occurred outside of Dodger Stadium back in 2011 that left a San Francisco Giants' fan severely injured.

That fan was Bryan Stow and the incident that occurred at Dodger Stadium changed his life forever. Stow has had to go through extensive medical procedures and his memory has never fully recovered from the fight.

“We had to hire caregivers in order to help Bryan to get up and shower in the morning, and get dressed and in bed in the evening.”

The Stow family has been forced to foot a bill that has become increasingly expensive and in fact, the insurance company is no longer covering it. Wouldn't it be great if the Los Angeles Dodgers stepped up and helped the Stow family out?

While incidents like the one involving Stow are heartbreaking, it jogs the argument of which professional sporting venues in the United States are the most dangerous?

Let's take a look at the five most dangerous stadiums in professional sports:

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Honorable Mention - Dodger Stadium

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First off, Dodger Stadium needs to be mentioned. While the Stow incident isn't connected to what happened earlier in this week, the brawl that occurred between Los Angeles and Arizona is ironic. Sure, fights in sports are part of the game and they warrant suspensions, but still -- the players are fighting, so too should the fans, right? Wrong -- it was another bad example for the fans in L.A. to see.

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Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

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You probably remember seeing the video of the roof collapsing from the snowstorm last season at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. It caused the Minnesota Vikings to relocate near the end of the year, but could you imagine if this had happened during a game? Yea, let's not go that far, but still.

Minnesota does have plans for a new stadium, however.

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Yankee Stadium

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The New York Yankees have an unruly fan base and the Bronx isn't the greatest place in the world, let's be serious. It's probably not any better outside of Yankee Stadium if New York is fresh off a late season loss to their hated rivals from Boston, either.

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The Oakland Raiders are known for having a wild fan base. Mix in the fact that they have become a struggling franchise recently and well, the Coliseum can get dangerous to say the least. Especially if the San Francisco 49ers are in town.

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Candlestick Park

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Speaking of those San Francisco 49ers, their home venue is Candlestick Park and it has never exactly been the safest place to attend a football game. Fights have been reported throughout the years, stabbings have been reported and even gunshots. Yikes.

San Francisco is opening a new venue however, in 2014.

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The Palace of Auburn Hills

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Remember these two? Yes, that is Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest) and Stephen Jackson in a recent photo, but we're not talking about the Los Angeles Lakers or San Antonio Spurs.

Those two took part in a brawl with the fans at The Palace of Auburn Hills back in 2004. Detroit Pistons' fans are not the only ones who know what went down that night.