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During the 90's and the 00's, many new stadiums and arenas have been built in many leagues across the world. Which stadiums do you think are poorly built.

For Me, Tropicana Field in Baseball, Built in 98. tropic01.jpg

And in the NFL

Invesco Field....theres absolutely nothing special about this stadium.

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During the 90's and the 00's, many new stadiums and arenas have been built in many leagues across the world. Which stadiums do you think are poorly built.

For Me, Tropicana Field in Baseball, Built in 98. tropic01.jpg

And in the NFL

Invesco Field....theres absolutely nothing special about this stadium.

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Actually the Trop was built in the Late 80's early 90's I believe. It was built to try to get the White Sox and some other teams to move there. After that failed the Lightning played the first few years there until the St. Pete Times Forum was built.

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Where is Invesco field? I've honestly never heard of it. The only newer stadiums/arenas I've been in are Citizen's Bank Park, Wachovia Center, Heinz Field, and PNC Park. All of which are pretty nice.

The offical name is Invesco Field @ Mile High... Now can you guess where it is? ;)

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Where is Invesco field? I've honestly never heard of it. The only newer stadiums/arenas I've been in are Citizen's Bank Park, Wachovia Center, Heinz Field, and PNC Park. All of which are pretty nice.

And youd think the giant Horse Head logo on the seats would give it away. :P

I think that while the stadium is amazingly beautiful at SBC Park in San Fran, that place has some of the WORST seats of any pro ballpark

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I think that while the stadium is amazingly beautiful at SBC Park in San Fran, that place has some of the WORST seats of any pro ballpark

Then apparently you've never been to the Trop (Tropicana Field). I go there only for the games, not the aesthetic value of the ballpark.

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Invesco Field....theres absolutely nothing special about this stadium.

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What makes Invesco Field great, in my mind, is they managed to make a brand new stadium without falling victim to new trends like retractable roofs and stuff. Leave both the fans and players out in the elements.

It was built to look state of the art, yet keep some of the things that gave the Broncos such an advantage at Mile High. Close seats and steal treads and risers to amplify sound. Plus, the design, I believe, is Mile High influenced. It's a beautiful stadium from the outside, particularly at night, and is among the top stadiums for seating capacity -- that sounds like a great stadium, to me.

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We were in Denver two years ago, and looking at Invesco Field at Mile High from the outside is actually pretty neat. It doesn't look like a prototypical stadium -- actually, it almost looks like something space aliens would have built. But that's OK. Look west from downtown Denver and it really stands out, and in a neat sort of way. I guess it's just one of those things you have to see for yourself.

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I am one of those who can honestly say that Tropicana Field gets a bad rap. It is easily better then Skydome when the roof is closed, and is also easily better then almost every other "static roof" stadium.

And there is a GOOD REASON they have a roof. It's called.... RAIN! The Tampa Bay area has a thunderstorm or two every day...

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I was a bit disappointed by the RBC Center. It's nice, but I was used to the HSBC Arena, which despite being 3 years older, is far better.

The biggest problem with RBC is that it's not downtown, and no effort has been made to build around it.

You mean NCSU football and the State Fair aren't enough for you? What more could you ask for?

Incidentally, Raleigh could've put the arena downtown years ago. They had the room and could have gotten it done. But they opted for open land. Big mistake.

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During the 90's and the 00's, many new stadiums and arenas have been built in many leagues across the world.  Which stadiums do you think are poorly built.

For Me, Tropicana Field in Baseball, Built in 98. tropic01.jpg

Tropicana Field was formerly known as the Sun Coast Dome (or something like that) and has been around since about 1983 if I remember correctly. St. Petersburg was trying to get existing franchises to move there, especially The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians, as far back as the early to mid 80's. That said, it is still by far and away the worst place I have ever seen a baseball game and that includes my old haunt Cleveland Municpal Stadium. I have been to Skydome and it's much better than Tropicana Field...much much better. :D

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During the 90's and the 00's, many new stadiums and arenas have been built in many leagues across the world. Which stadiums do you think are poorly built.

For Me, Tropicana Field in Baseball, Built in 98.

And in the NFL

The Trop was built in 1990 and opened as the Florida Suncoast Dome.

The original Florida Suncoast Dome was opened to the public on March 3, 1990.

It became the ThunderDome in 1993 with the arrival of the area's National Hockey League expansion franchise, the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was renamed Tropicana Field on Oct. 4, 1996, in accordance with a naming rights agreement between the Devil Rays and Tropicana Dole Beverages North America, located in Bradenton, Florida.

Have you been to The Trop?

If not, Google...Look into it before you shoot your mouth off.

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Actually the Trop was built in the Late 80's early 90's I believe. It was built to try to get the White Sox and some other teams to move there. After that failed the Lightning played the first few years there until the St. Pete Times Forum was built.

The Lightning played at the Florida Fairgrounds for, I think, 2 years, before they moved to The ThunderDome in St. Petersburg.

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I went to Tropicana Field in 98 and it ranks as the worst stadium I've ever been to. This is coming from someone who has also been to Veterans Stadium, Candlestick Park and Shea Stadium. Sat on the third base line and had the Right Field lights shining in my eyes for the entire game, thought the sound system's volume was too loud, felt that the dome was better geared for a minor league as opposed to a major league team. I got the feeling that the building was thrown up quickly to secure the White Sox and it would havebeen better if maybe there was a longer design period.

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What makes Invesco Field great, in my mind, is they managed to make a brand new stadium without falling victim to new trends like retractable roofs and stuff.  Leave both the fans and players out in the elements.

Not to mention, it has probably the best playing surface in the history of football, which is REALLY all that matters in a football stadium.

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Comerica Park in Detroit was built way too big. It is a pitcher's park and hardly any home runs are hit there. Sure the park looks nice, but remember: "it's the game that counts". While I enjoy a good pitcher's duel, most fans rely on home runs for excitement, and that's why this park is a problem.

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