Many of today’s NFL stadiums are architectural masterpieces. On top of their outstanding design, these stadiums feature the type of amenities and technology that should come with their billion dollar price tags. NFL fans should try their hardest to visit these venues for a game.
On the other end, fans should absolutely avoid some NFL stadiums at all costs. These venues are comparatively run down; they offer poor views in certain areas; their technology is outdated; and most of them just have an overall lackluster gameday atmosphere. Here is our take on the seven worst stadiums in the NFL today (in no particular order).
1. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – Oakland Raiders
Simply put: The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas for a reason. They are still forced to share this facility with the Oakland Athletics for the first couple months of every season. And at the end of the day, the Oakland Coliseum’s configuration is a better fit for baseball.
On top of the whole shared stadium issue, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is just flat-out run-down and outdated. Some seats offer poor views; the luxury boxes and club levels are among the worst in the league; and to top it all off, it’s located in a less-than-desirable part of the Bay Area.
This stadium is, in our eyes, the worst venue in the NFL today.
2. Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans Saints
To us, the only thing the Mercedes-Benz Superdome has going for it is the fact that it’s located in the heart of one of the greatest cities in the country: New Orleans. The stadium itself desperately needs a massive overhaul and upgrades throughout the entire facility, and some seats still come with restricted views.
It does bear pointing, however, that the Saints’ fanbase provides one of the best home-field advantages in the league. And thanks to the Superdome’s proximity to Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, NFL fans can experience a game-day atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the country.
3. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Los Angeles Rams
At one point in time, fans viewed the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as one of the premier multi-use stadiums in the United States. Unfortunately for the Rams and their fanbase, that time was well over a decade ago.
The Coliseum is massive (its full capacity is 93,000), but the Rams already have issues filling its seats. That fact, combined with the Rams’ minimal following, results in the Coliseum having one of the most lackluster game-day atmospheres in the league. All said, it should come as no surprise that this may be the most boring venue in the NFL for fans to see a game.
4. StubHub Center – Los Angeles Chargers
Bottom line: In today’s world, NFL games should not take place in 30,000-seat stadiums. The Chargers must do just that, though, at the StubHub Center until the 2020 season.
The StubHub Center isn’t a terrible venue by any means. But when it comes down to it, the 30,000-seat venue was designed for soccer and just isn’t equipped to handle an NFL game. On the bright side, the Chargers, who have one of the smallest fanbases in the league, may actually have a chance at selling out this stadium on a regular basis.
5. EverBank Field – Jacksonville Jaguars
There’s just something lacking at EverBank Field. The Jaguars and the city of Jacksonville have made several legitimate attempts at improving the facility, but it just doesn’t work. The video scoreboard updates and the planned improvements to their premium seating areas are both steps in the right direction. But the party deck and the pools they added a couple years ago are gimmicky and reek of desperation.
It might help if the Jaguars had a better on-field product. However, as it stands, this venue will leave NFL fans feeling disappointed.
6. Soldier Field – Chicago Bears
It’s hard for us to include Soldier Field on this list, given the stadium’s rich history and tradition. Nonetheless, this stadium — widely considered to be an architectural masterpiece prior to its head-scratching renovation — is one of the worst venues in the NFL.
Soldier Field is outdated. It’s not equipped to handle big crowds entering and exiting at the same time, and it’s an eyesore well–deserving of the nickname “Mistake by the Lake.” We are compelled to point out that the Bears’ massive and loyal fanbase have nothing to do with Soldier Field landing on this list.
7. FedExField – Washington Redskins
FedExField is an excellent example of what can happen when a franchise mixes up their priorities as they design and build a new stadium. The Washington Redskins went from having arguably the best home–field advantage at the old RFK Stadium to having one of the worst NFL stadiums in the league at their gaudy new venue. To make matters worse, their fans in the downtown Washington D.C. area must drive over an hour to attend a game.
Information courtesy of ESPN.