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Islanders arena is No. 2…on a list of the nation’s worst stadiums

May 11, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

Nassau Coliseum

Our congratulations to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – the home of the New York Islanders has been named the second worst pro sports stadium in the United States by TIME.

It’s not called the Nassau Mausoleum for nothing. The home of the New York Islanders, first opened in 1972, hasn’t seen much on-ice success since the Isles won four straight Stanley Cups from 1980 through 1983. The Islanders just finished their fifth straight losing season, and the team has made the playoffs four times in the last 17 years. The building hasn’t seen  much improvement either. “There is probably no worse major-league facility right now in North America than the Nassau Coliseum,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in 2009. The Coliseum is a tiny, outdated eyesore in a charmless suburban spot: to make things worse, the government launched an asbestos investigation at the arena this spring.

The worst stadium, according to TIME, is the home of the Minnesota Vikings, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. But unlike the Islanders, it sounds like the Vikings will be getting a new facility soon.

Nassau Coliseum was the only NHL building to make the list.

If you’re curious, here’s the rest:

3. Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Rays
4. Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego Chargers
5. O.Co Coliseum, Oakland Raiders
6. Candlestick Park, San Francisco 49ers
7. Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis Rams
8. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox
9. U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago White Sox
10. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Dodgers

Having been to No. 5 and No. 6, I fully support their spots on the list. Total dumps. The only other one I’ve been to is No. 8, which was awesome (even though the Red Sox won and my seat down the third base line actually pointed to center field.)

Related: Nassau Coliseum being investigated for asbestos

  1. chiadam - May 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Please. As if anything could ever top the Trop. Light the Metrodome on fire and re-collapse the roof and it’s still better than the Trop. They ground up tires to scatter around the outfield. The warning track is carpet. Light bulbs routinely shatter and fall onto fans / players / everywhere. And there’s a catwalk that gets in the way of everything.

    • tgeth27 - May 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      The only good thing about the Trop is the AC. 95 degrees outside 72 degrees inside.

  2. bcisleman - May 11, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Don’t know the other places, just NVMC and Fenway. I wonder whether the people who made this list actually attended games at NVMC and Fenway. If you haven’t attended a baseball game at Fenway and Chicago’s Wrigley Field, you only THINK you know what the MLBaseball is really like. They are probably the two BEST places in the world to experience a baseball game.

    NVMC really isn’t all that bad from a fan’s perspective. I’ve attended MANY games there over the 30+ years, inlcuding about a half dozen this past season. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, the sightlines are great and I have enjoyed the experience (less so, of course, when the Isles lose, but that’s another story!). From Bettman’s standpoint, the place doesn’t have luxury boxes that will make more money for the NHL. The facilities for the players may not be good. And no one outside of the mayor of Asbestos, Quebec likes asbestos.

    Sadly it looks to be a moot point as to NVMC. Neither the County, the Town or the voters seem disposed to give the Islanders a reason to stay. So after 2015, the place where the last team in any sport to win 4 straight championships and the only team in any sport to win 19 straight playoff series did those deeds will become history. Somewhere I hear Doris Day…ah there it is…

    • cmdaw - May 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      As a Red Sox fan it pains me to say this, but…

      From a straight up facility stand point Fenway Park is an awful facility. The list isn’t talking about history or how beloved the stadiums/arenas/ball parks are. And while Fenway would be incredibly high on a best of list if that was what was being ranked, that isn’t how they’re being ranked.

    • brian32556 - May 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      bcisleman – in other words, you like dumps. Or perhaps ignorance is bliss as you just don’t know any better. And who cares what happened in the ’80’s – ancient history!

  3. quizguy66 - May 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Went to the NVMC for the first time this year – it felt like I was in a time machine! I actually liked it more than I thought I would as there is a retro feel to the place (like the old-school 80s-like score board). I get why they need a new place, though. Walking the concourse and looking at food options was kinda like being in a Flintstones episode – seeing the same thing over and over again – no real variety. The concourse itself is quite small as well. Definitely past it’s time but charming in its own odd way.


  4. bagjr387 - May 11, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    ralph wilson stadium didnt make it?

  5. sidneydeane35 - May 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Has the person who did this list actually been to these places. Been to SF, Oakland and Minnesota’s stadiums, and Caddlestick is definitely the worst one. So how does it end up at only #6?

  6. lordfletcher - May 12, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    as a Minnesotan, the dome is terrible and I mean TERRIBLE but can’t be in the top 3.

  7. acieu - May 12, 2012 at 5:52 AM

    I enjoy Wrigley Where for $75 you can get a seat from which you can’t see the scoreboard totally or watch a pop up after it goes up in the air. Also fly balls to the outfield are invisible. Had that experience…..once.

  8. dannythebisforbeast - May 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Probably has the feel of the Spectrum. Maybe when they build a new one the new corporate clientele will also change your let’s go flyers chant to mimic the rangers like happened in Philly.

  9. highlander24 - May 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    How is Dodger Stadium #10?

  10. johnnyru131 - May 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Really? US Cellular Field is on this list, REALLY? What a joke. That stadium is great after they renovated it. The way it is now is the way it should’ve been built in the first place. Whoever made this list needs to really do their research. Idiot!

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