By Tyler on August 10, 2014
There has been a boon of new stadiums being built for NBA, MLB, NHL, NBA and other sports teams around the world, with each new venue costing many millions of dollars and being stocked with top of the line amenities. This has left stadiums that were built as recently as 20 years ago in dire need of renovation or demolition, with these 20 venues deserving the latter fate.
The Oakland Athletics are expected to be the only team playing in the Oakland County Coliseum, and one has to wonder why. The Coliseum has had issues with pipes bursting in recent years, its field structure is clearly not suitable for a baseball team, and every team in sight is running away from the venue. Demolition should begin sooner rather than later.
Tampa Bay Rays fans have never really shown up at Tropicana Field, and it isn't hard to see why. The venue is absolutely atrocious on the eye, isn't located in an ideal locale, and is a completely indoor venue. Suffice to say, it is time for "The Trop" to go.
D.C. United is the only team left playing at RFK Stadium, which has severely outdated amenities and has consistently been ditched by professional sports teams for the last 50 years. With D.C. United next up on this list, it is clear that RFK Stadium is not worth money to taxpayers anymore, and demolition should be on the cards.
Panathenaic Stadium has been hosting events since the BCE period, but all good things must come to an end, and this stadium's livelihood is no different. Since playing host to the archery competition in the 2004 Summer Olympics, this stadium has sat dormant, becoming an eyesore for the public and practically begging to be torn down.
The NBA is forcing the Milwaukee Bucks to leave Harris Bradley Center because of its lack of up-to-date amenities and seating, which should spur the city and organization to knock the building down and build a venue suited for the 21st Century.
Arthur Ashe Stadium is the biggest tennis specific venue in the world at 22,547 capacity seating, which is one of the biggest problems with the stadium. After all, the venue is never filled besides when the US Open is played, and many of the seats on site are blocked or obstructed in some way. Keeping this in mind, it is time to tear this place down and build one that is suited for year round use.
In an age when MLS teams are consistently building 20-30,000 capacity soccer-specific venues, the San Jose Earthquakes are stuck in Buck Shaw Stadium, which seats only 11,500. This severely limits revenue streams for the organization, although the builders were likely not thinking of revenues back in 1961. If the Earthquakes are serious about winning, it is time to tear down Buck Shaw Stadium.
The Buffalo Bills are consistently talked about as a team that could relocate, and one of the main reasons is that Ralph Wilson Stadium is in need of demolition. Despite seating 80,020 people, "The Ralph" is out of date, and no renovations will fix systemic issues with the venue.
Izod Center has not housed a professional sports team since the Brooklyn Nets bolted New Jersey in 2010, and there is little reason to believe that any team will be coming back anytime soon. Considering the fact that the taxpayers of New Jersey are likely losing money on this dormant stadium, it is time for the demolition trucks to move in.
Nassau Coliseum will be without a regular tenant after the New York Islanders move to Brooklyn in 2015, and it appears that all proposals for renovation have hit a standstill. With no professional teams looking likely to come to Long Island in the foreseeable future, it would make sense to cut losses and demolish the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is considered a U.S. National Historic Landmark, but it is obvious that this building needs to be torn down. The USC Trojans are the only tenant in the building right now and even they find it difficult to fill up, likely because it has amenities from the stone age and isn't as great on the eye as it once was.
Strahov Stadium once had a world record 250,000 maximum capacity, but the days of this many people filling into the venue are long gone. Now, the stadium is only used for occasional concerts and as a training site for AC Sparta Prague, but it is time to tear the venue down and build something useful for the city of Prague, Czech Republic.
The Georgia Dome was once a state of the art facility, but not any longer, as the wear and tear of time has come down precipitously and the owners are interested in building a new venue. Whatever they decide, the Georgia Dome will be demolished within the next decade, and rightfully so.
One of the main reasons the Montreal Expos left town in 2004 was because Olympic Stadium is old and dated, and it is no surprise that no sports team has become a full time tenant since. The maximum capacity of 65,255 is simply too big, the amenities are too outdated, and the people of Montreal are not interested in renovating the site. This combination makes demolition inevitable.
The Detroit Lions and Tigers have received new venues in recent years, and it is time that the Red Wings get a new stadium themselves. Joe Louis Arena may be a historic site, but the walkways are cramped, the amenities are scarce and the attractiveness of the venue is limited. Simply put, it is time for "The Joe" to go.
Arena Amazonia was built solely for the 2014 World Cup, leaving it with essentially no use now. Surely the people who live around the venue would like to see the building torn down and have something useful placed there.
Qualcomm Stadium combines poor internal structure with being surrounded by miles of concrete, making it a double whammy of negatives. With this in mind, it should be no surprise that the San Diego Charges continuously have trouble selling out games.
Oracle Arena is located next to Oakland County Coliseum, another venue that needs to be demolished. Oracle was built in 1966, and the Golden State Warriors have seemingly been trying to leave ever since.
Rogers Centre is in a great location in Toronto, Canada, but the sightlines within the stadium are absolutely terrible for fans. The Toronto Blue Jays would be wise to tear this place down and build a new venue.
Mosaic Stadium was opened in 1936, and the venue is certainly outdated. The fact that the home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders is not great for fans and the turf is even worse for players' body, it is clear that it is time for Mosaic Stadium to go.
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