Of the small handful of reasons a sports stadium needs to be turned into a rubble, disgusting, old bathrooms may top the list. Or is it a single-purpose arena turned into something totally wrong for its configuration? Perhaps it’s the fact that the location is so awful no one wants to make the pilgrimage to an old park sheltered from the elements for no particular reason. Whatever the cause, here are three formerly great athletic cathedrals that have more than outlived their usefulness.
1. O.co Coliseum
It’s a challenge to think of any redeeming feature of this ballpark/football stadium that just celebrated its 50th birthday. When considering the basic amenities that make a game-day experience memorable, O.co Coliseum is far from OK. If ever the naming rights suited the sporting facility, O.co is the overstock of modern stadiums. Attending the game, however, is no bargain. Having seen the Oakland A’s at home numerous times — I am not brave enough to attend a Raiders game — firsthand experience puts me on the petition to turn the park into a pile of bricks.
Thanks to Al Davis, the park is semi-enclosed with a giant set of bleachers in center field, making the place dark and dreary. The bathrooms are prehistoric, a large number of the seats are in disrepair, and the seat-numbering convention defies logic. In the case of reserved boxes, the numbers do not correspond to tickets. Take my word for it.