The college experience is all about studying, making new friends and heading to the stadium on fall Saturdays to cheer on the football team.
Some college teams play in iconic shrines. Think Michigan Stadium, the Ohio State "Horseshoe" and Notre Dame Stadium. But others have home fields that probably remind fans of high school, or worse.
We're focusing on those. We count down to our pick for the very worst stadium at college football's top level — the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, or FBS — based on attendance, online comments and more.
25. University of New Mexico: Dreamstyle Stadium
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Home of the Lobos, Dreamstyle Stadium (AKA "The Pit") has not seen many wins. The New Mexico program hasn't won a conference title in over four decades, which doesn't make for a great game-day atmosphere.
The stadium's amenities are just OK, and the last major update was back in 2001, but the views from the top rows during a New Mexico sunset are well worth the price of admission.
"It has bench seats, so you might want to bring a cushion. The team you watch there isn't the best either. But it is good for Saturday entertainment," writes one reviewer on Google.
24. Washington State University: Martin Stadium
The Cougars have had winning seasons the last few years, but their home hasn't been much for fans to cheer about. The smallest stadium in the Pac 12 conference (with a capacity under 33,000) has been looking sadly dated, even after recent construction.
As one reviewer writes on TripAdvisor, "The seating bowl is completely antiquated. Most of the seats are metal. Metal, in cold-weather stadiums? Sounds like a terrible idea."
However, with more renovations planned, a nationally ranked team (as high as no. 7 by the Associated Press) and ESPN's College GameDay finally making the trip to Pullman, Martin Stadium could find itself off this list in no time.
23. Duke University: Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium
Durham, North Carolina
Named after the Blue Devils' coach Wallace Wade in the 60s, the play surface was named "Brooks Field" after an alumnus donated $13 million to the athletics department.
Though recent renovations to the Blue Devils' nearly 90-year-old stadium added five stories of luxury suites and a mammoth LED videoboard, Brooks Field is just average in many ways.
As one Yelp user remarks, "It looks and feels like an oversized high school stadium. I mean, it seemed nice and all, but it didn't feel like college football."
The more than 40,000-seat stadium is normally only about half full, the amenities are nothing special, and the team that plays on it is typically running a .500 year.
22. University at Buffalo: UB Stadium
Buffalo, New York
UB Stadium can hold more than 30,000 fans, but the Bulls drew only 11,500 for the 2017 home opener against Colgate. The team's 25-year-old field may have something to do with their lackluster attendance.
The last major renovation
"People rave about how wonderful this stadium is, and honestly it's a load of Bulls," cracks one Yelper, who calls the venue "uncomfortable" and "pretty average."
Another Yelper adds that "If they didn't have the track this place would be much better. The track pushes the stands back pretty far and with all the people the teams bring along to stand on the sidelines you can't see much."
The Bulls say in their marketing that their goal is to provide a more family-friendly football experience at UB Stadium.
21. Northwestern University: Ryan Field
Northwestern brings some of the best teams in the nation to historic Ryan Field (previously known as Dyche Stadium), and yet the stands are often half-empty.
Home to the decorated Northwestern Wildcats, Ryan Field is capable of holding more than 40,000 people but hasn't been renovated since 1996.
The stadium has some of the best sightlines in the Big Ten, but some fans say Ryan — which opened in 1926 — is old, outdated (definitely needs a new jumbotron) and needs better amenities.
“Concessions? Oh, they have anything you want to eat — as long as it’s a hot dog," writes one TripAdvisor reviewer.
20. University of Kansas: David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
Kansas Memorial is one of the oldest stadiums in college football — it was built in 1920 and dedicated to students who were killed in World War I. It has history and gorgeous architecture, but the place needs some attention, fans say.
Writes one, in a Google review: "Very old stadium that badly needs an upgrade. The bathrooms were not even air-conditioned. Uncomfortable bench seating."
Others say the game day atmosphere is lacking and that the concession stands are inconvenient to get to. It doesn't help that the Jayhawks have gone from a powerful annual bowl team to a powderpuff squad in the tough Big 12.
19. University of Nevada Las Vegas: Sam Boyd Stadium
The home of the UNLV Rebels has been discussed as a possible temporary home for the NFL's Raiders, who are leaving Oakland for Las Vegas. But this stadium, built in 1971, is short on parking, food vendors, and other amenities.
"The lines [for] food were 20-40 minutes, and for a cold $6 hot dog," complains one TripAdvisor reviewer. "I would never attend another event at this stadium unless I could arrive by helicopter and eat before I arrived."
The seats are uncomfortable metal benches, other reviewers noted.
And, given UNLV's losing record year over year, game days at Sam Boyd Stadium can feel a little deflated.
18. University of Northern Illinois: Huskie Stadium
The Huskies are a solid team in the MAC, but they have a lackluster stadium to play in. Even fans who have nice things to say about their game experience say the venue needs a refresh.
"Has that old stadium feel. Concessions don't take card and the ATM was out of money," says one Google reviewer, who adds: "Overall had a good time."
Other reviewers remarked that the concession stands were quick to run out of stock, and the limited restroom facilities had long wait times.
Huskie Stadium is due for some upgrades. It was built in 1965 and has a capacity south of 25,000.
17. Tulsa University: Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium
Admiring fans describe this stadium with phrases such as "great little football field" — which is telling.
One Google reviewer even remarks that "The stadium isn't too big so all the seats have good views of the game."
Skelly Field at H. A. Chapman Stadium has seating for 30,000, dates back to 1930 and lacks modern amenities. And while visitors agree size doesn't matter, the main thing they complain about is the unfortunate parking situation.
Plus, game day spirit has been strained by a couple of bad seasons.
"Nice stadium. Would be a 5 star experience if they could win," writes another Google reviewer.
16. University of Massachusetts: Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium
McGuirk Alumni Stadium, built back in 1964, is relatively puny and holds only 17,000 fans. You wouldn't be able to tell that the Minutemen are a Division I team since the place is often a little empty. UMass struggles on and off the field.
It's an OK place to watch a game, but it can be downright miserable in any weather, particularly on cold autumn nights in central Massachusetts.
To make matters worse, the limited bathroom situation has folks out in cold portapotties.
The more than 50-year-old stadium received a decent renovation in 2014 but is still showing its age. One Google user's review is just one word: "Yuck."
15. University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Jerry Richardson Stadium
Charlotte, North Carolina
Although the 49ers pack this stadium for their Conference USA games, there are high schools with bigger homes. The stadium — built in 2011 — is well-liked by fans, but size definitely makes things feel a little squished.
With a capacity of only around 15,000, this small stadium is below NCAA standards (probably great for parking though).
But expansion plans under consideration would add luxury boxes and seating for nearly 25,000 more spectators, making the stadium hold a roaring 40,000 seated fans.
Here's how one fan sees the size issue, in a Google review: "Beautiful stadium, not very big but that makes the experience that much better."
14. Ball State: Scheumann Stadium
Scheumann Stadium would never make a Top 10 list from Ball State alum David Letterman.
The nearly 50-year-old venue — which opened its gridiron in 1967 and seats 22,000 people — underwent a major renovation in 2007, so the building itself isn't bad (it even has heated bathrooms) even if the parking is a little far.
Most people agree that Scheumann Stadium doesn't have a bad seat in the house.
But the game day atmosphere can be abysmal because the Cardinals have struggled for years with attendance and with attracting top-name players and opponents.
"Parking is far and walking necessary," writes one Google reviewer. "Could improve fan participating and hype."
13. University of Akron: InfoCision Stadium
The Akron Zips have been trying to rebuild their attendance numbers that sank following some terrible seasons, including three straight — from 2010 through 2012 — that ended with only one win and 11 losses.
Fans and team spirit can still be lacking at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field which was built brand new in 2009. Many Google reviewers write about how the lack of fan support can completely ruin the experience.
"I would honestly love going there if they actually had a fan base," says one. "Almost every time I went there it was me and the marching band being the only people in the stands."
12. University of Louisiana-Lafayette: Cajun Field
Home to the Ragin’ Cajuns, Cajun Field, which seats over 40,000 people, has been known for its lack of a student section, which contributes to a ho-hum game day experience.
The muted enthusiasm levels might help explain the Cajuns' relatively poor attendance numbers in a football-loving state.
While the stadium does get five stars on Yelp, there are only two reviews. "Only thing it could have used was some shade, so hot!" writes one fan.
Others on Google reviews grumble about $10 parking, with one reviewer saying "The stadium and the football game itself was nice but $21 to get in, $10 to park."
11. University of Idaho: Kibbie Dome
The Kibbie Dome is one of the most unusual venues in the NCAA (if the name didn't give that away already.) The 43-year-old stadium seats fewer than 16,000 and has a domed roof made of wood.
Yes, you read that right, the stadium is completely indoors. And, the structure itself impresses locals with its size.
"It's a giant indoor football field. Very interesting both because of size, and the fact that they felt that our local college team needed this so they could practice," says one Google reviewer.
An opposing coach once famously said the barrel-arched building looked like "a Campbell's Soup can cut in half."
The Vandals find it hard to attract great talent to field a competitive football program in Moscow, in northern Idaho. And the attendance figures tend to be well below FBS minimums.
10. Miami University (Ohio): Yager Stadium
Miami of Ohio may have an active student body, and a vibrant fraternity and sorority scene. But none of that translates to a lot of excitement for football home games.
The Yager Stadium, built in 1983 and last renovated in 2005, seats just over 24,000 people.
The Redhawks haven't had a winning season since 2010, which may be one reason for the team's poor attendance. Their field may be another.
One Google reviewer calls the stadium one of "the blandest" in the Midwest. Another says, and not meaning it in a good way: "The atmosphere reminds you of a high school football game."
9. Central Michigan University: Kelly/Shorts Stadium
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
With Michigan and Michigan State both just a few hours away, Kelly/Shorts Stadium finds it tough to attract a great crowd.
Attendance is regularly below the FBS minimum even though it seats 45,000. The Chippewas have been having a terrible season, which doesn't help matters. And, some fans say the 46-year-old stadium needs work, citing steep stairs as unfriendly to seniors.
"Could be a great place but the steps are steep with no handrails and they have like five trash cans for the entire stadium," grumbles one Google reviewer.
Five trash cans is no good, especially since they actually have a decent selection of concessions.
8. Rice University: Rice Stadium
The Rice Owls play in a 47,000 seat stadium — which is often half empty. That makes for a game day experience that isn't great.
The stadium dates back to 1950, and its upper bowl, in particular, has been poorly maintained. Fans say upgrading is long overdue.
Says one, reviewing on Google: "A good place to watch a football game, but definitely lacking the amenities we've all come to expect in modern stadiums." Another calls Rice Stadium a "throwback to the '60s."
On top of that, there are too few concession stands to actually serve the number of fans that do turn out (nevermind a packed stadium).
7. University of Memphis: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
The home of the Memphis Tigers looks futuristic — for the 1960s. Liberty Bowl Memorial was built in 1965 and the bowl-like structure has not been aging well.
Seeing the place half empty only accentuates all the evidence that the place is super outdated. For a typical game, Memphis pulls in less than half of the stadium's capacity, and that is being generous.
Multiple fans reviewing on Google complain that Liberty Bowl Memorial has no emergency plan for lightning. "This is a dangerous, understaffed facility, recklessly close to a very active major train line," says one fan.
Another says, "fans were not allowed to go to their seats due to lightning and were forced to compact themselves in the concession areas. Emergency personnel were not able to freely move through the dense crowds of people."
6. University of Louisiana at Monroe: JPS Field at Malone Stadium
Situated deep in the boonies of Louisiana, Louisiana-Monroe has a good football program. But the Warhawks have the unfortunate combination of a small fan base and a stadium that's badly in need of a facelift.
One reviewer recently voiced concerns over the wrong changes being made on-site, saying, "I'm not sure how anyone would think that cutting down ALL of the beautiful shade trees down and killing off the awesome Grove tailgating area would be a great move."
The 40-year-old JPS Field at Malone Stadium is in rough shape, even after recent renovations to the scoreboard, playing field and exterior buildings.
"Run-down and nasty... smelled like a sewer... no excuse for this... put some money back in to your football program," writes another Google reviewer.
5. San Jose State University: CEFCU Stadium
San Jose, California
Since their neighbors include some of the top companies in Silicon Valley, you might assume that the San Jose State Spartans play in a palace.
Instead, their stadium is tired (to say the least) seating over 30,000, and receiving not an ounce of TLC since the 80s.
Plus, the team has an Astroturf field and the seats are inaccessible to those with physical disabilities, and seniors. In 2018. Need we say more?
CEFCU Stadium has a couple dozen reviews on Yelp and earns only three stars. "OK. I get that it's old. I get that it's small. But come on, let's put a little money into the concessions," writes one Yelper.
4. Eastern Michigan University: Rynearson Stadium
This nearly 50-year-old stadium has a running track around the football field, giving the place a high-school-esque feel.
Running tracks in general put space between the seating and the game, taking that feeling of immersion out of it.
One Google reviewer recommends checking out Rynearson if you have an opportunity. "This is probably the worst stadium in Division 1 (FBS) football," he writes. "For that alone, it was worth a visit."
Rynearson used to be packed for Eagles games, holding up to 30,000, but those days are long gone. Now, Eastern Michigan is lucky to get its stadium two-thirds full, even for big rivalry games.
3. University of Texas at San Antonio: Alamodome
The 25-year-old Alamodome is massive. It has a capacity for up to 64,000 football fans — which doesn't do the UTSA Roadrunners any favors.
This year's home opener drew more than 42,000 fans, though that still meant that about a third of the stadium was empty. No matter how large the turnout, that many empty seats around the stadium leaves much of the game day atmosphere at the door.
The Alamodome gets just two and a half stars on Yelp. "The grading and angles of the stands create too many blind spots," says one negative reviewer. "I probably would have been better off watching the game from home."
2. University of Hawaii: Aloha Stadium
Aloha Stadium used to be something of a crown jewel in Honolulu, but now the 43-year-old venue is looking faded.
In 2016, the venue underwent $1.2 million in renovations, but fans say they don't see much improvement. "The stadium is in desperate need of repairs," one Yelper wrote just recently.
Fans might be more forgiving if they had a better team to cheer for. The Rainbow Warriors have had trouble finishing their seasons with winning records.
Thankfully, officials are planning a complete rebuild of the tired stadium releasing plans for three separate options. Among the proposed changes? Downsizing from a 50,000 capacity to 35,000.
1. Vanderbilt University: Vanderbilt Stadium
For a private university once called one of the most expensive colleges in America, it's somewhat surprising that Vanderbilt doesn't have a better stadium to host their Commodores.
Instead, one of the nation's most beautiful campuses has an ugly stadium built in 1922 that often draws only half-capacity crowds for football. It's our choice for the worst field in the FBS.
"Sad excuse for a stadium," is how one Google reviewer sums the place up. Says another: "It's old and small. Nicer high school stadiums put it to shame."
Since we've run through college football, we might as well head to the big leagues. Continue on as we count down the worst gridirons to ever disgrace the National Footbal League.
15. Ford Field, Detroit Lions
Ford Field is a covered stadium that opened in 2002, hosted the 2006 Super Bowl and inspired other domed fields.
The stadium has its problems, including a tight concourse and infamously long lines for food and beer.
While Ford Field scores an overall four stars on Yelp, there are a fair number of one-star reviews. Says one: "Looks dated already, doesn't have a retractable roof, (and) is an embarrassment compared to newer stadiums built after 2006."
14. M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore Ravens
Ravin' Ravens fans make M&T Bank Stadium a tough place for opponents to notch a win. The Ravens' "nest" is more like a cathedral, with five levels that are buzzing on game days.
The stadium was finished in 1998 and is still a great place to watch a football game, though some areas are in need of new layers of paint.
M&T Bank Stadium rates four stars from Yelpers, though a few reviewers complain that the parking is expensive and far, far away.
13. New Era Field, Buffalo Bills
Maybe it's saying something that one of the best things about the field in Buffalo is the parking lot. The tailgating at Bills games is the best in the league, no matter if it's a warm preseason game or a chilly Sunday in December.
The 45-year-old stadium itself lacks many modern amenities that you would find at newer fields. Still, New Era offers cheap beer and great sightlines.
"For a stadium that's been here quite a while, it looks really good," says one fan on Yelp, where New Era Field has four stars. "The seats are in good shape and it was clean."
12. Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Dolphins
Located in suburban Miami Gardens, Hard Rock Stadium is one of the latest older stadiums to receive a face-lift. A $350 million renovation begun in 2015 has changed both the exterior and the interior.
The remodeling reduced the stadium's capacity while adding luxury boxes and a canopy to keep the Florida sun off spectators. But fans still face challenges, including expensive food and parking.
Yelpers give Hard Rock Stadium just three stars. Says one: "Despite the upgrades the stadium has had in the past several years, it is still subpar for such an amazing city like Miami."
11. Soldier Field, Chicago Bears
Soldier Field has long been a mecca for NFL fans — it opened in 1924. Along with being one of the oldest stadiums in the league, it's one of the smallest, with 61,500 seats.
The home of Da Bears is known for its great sightlines and neo-classical design. However, the concessions leave a lot to be desired, and the corridors are about what you'd expect in a 1920s stadium.
"As much as the outside looks like a spaceship, the inside doesn't look quite as bad," says one reviewer on Yelp, where Soldier Field has three and a half stars.
10. Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Raymond James is yet another stadium that's a couple of decades old and has recently had some renovation work done. But there's room for more improvement.
Though the field has an iconic pirate ship in the end zone, Buccaneers fans have to settle for rather mediocre restrooms and concessions, and expensive parking.
Yelp gives the place three and a half stars. A common complaint is that the stadium lacks cover. "It is all open air so be prepared to sweat your butt off, and if it rains you better hope you have an umbrella," says one Yelper.
9. Bank of America Stadium, Carolina Panthers
The 22-year-old Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, has seen a few upgrades over its time. The latest was in 2017.
So, the concessions are fresh and new, and the Panthers have worked hard to bring some character to what had been a somewhat ugly concrete structure.
The stadium has earned four stars on Yelp, though not everyone is satisfied. "Not the cleanest stadium," a Yelper says. "The drink holders are really old and (don't) support all drink types."
8. Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati Bengals
Paul Brown Stadium is a cookie-cutter stadium on the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. It has rather typical concessions — nothing to really separate it from the rest of the pack.
The Bengals are known for their great fans, so it's a shame the team plays in such a generic home.
The stadium gets three and a half stars from the Yelp community. "Overall this is a lousy place to see a football game, and a worse representation of the proud city of Cincinnati," says one reviewer.
7. Nissan Stadium, Tennessee Titans
Home of the Tennessee Titans, Nissan Stadium is situated right across the river from downtown Nashville. The location couldn't be better — but lots of other things could stand some improvement.
The high prices at the concession stands guarantee that fans save their money for the bars and restaurants outside, after the game. Plus, there are limited restroom facilities for women.
"Pathetic!! Twice as many men's restrooms as women!!" complains one patron on Yelp, where the stadium gets an overall three and a half stars.
6. FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland Browns
Sorry Cleveland, but the Dawg Pound is not a great stadium. Just average, with mediocre concessions.
"I have been in many many football stadiums, and this one isn't much better or worse than any of them," says a Yelper who gives FirstEnergy Stadium three stars — the average Yelp rating for the place.
Fans in the know say you need to dress warmly even on mild days, because the winds off Lake Erie can be chilly.
5. EverBank Field, Jacksonville Jaguars
EverBank Field has been home to the Jags since 1995. The stadium is a bit of a relic and has struggled to attract fans for years.
It lacks the electric atmosphere and up-to-date amenities of other NFL stadiums. Plus, there's not much shade, so it can feel like a swamp in there.
Yelp reviewers are fairly generous and give the stadium four stars. "Honestly the stadium is more impressive than I thought," says one. "A relatively small stadium where any seat is a decent seat to watch the game."
4. StubHub Center, Los Angeles Chargers
As the Chargers wait for their new stadium to be finished, they have bunked up at the StubHub Center with the L.A. Galaxy of Major League Soccer. This stadium is a great little spot, but with an emphasis on little.
The capacity is just 27,000 making it the smallest stadium in the league. The amenities and food are good, but the sourness of the team's departure from San Diego has left the Chargers struggling to attract fans.
The stadium gets three stars on Yelp, where several reviewers say they enjoyed the novelty of seeing an NFL game in such intimate surroundings.
3. L.A. Coliseum, Los Angeles Rams
The Rams' temporary field is not an NFL-caliber stadium, but it was never designed to be.
The stadium, which has been home to the USC Trojans since it opened in 1923, lacks the food options of most NFL stadiums. Parking is obscenely expensive, and the bathrooms are dated.
Yelpers give it three stars. "It definitely feels more like a college stadium with the way the seats are set up, and there is zero shade, so come prepared for midday games" says one.
2. FedEx Field, Washington Redskins
FedEx Field opened in 1997 and is a rather tired stadium that's inconveniently located in Landover, Maryland.
The nearest Metro subway stations are about a mile away, and the drive from downtown D.C. takes at least 45 minutes. The stadium's amenities and sightlines aren't great either.
On Yelp, FedEx Field gets just two and a half stars. One review is only three words: "Awful, just awful."
1. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland Raiders
This shabby stadium that opened in 1966 is currently home to two pro sports franchises (the NFL's Raiders and baseball's Oakland A's), and it doesn't seem to be going out of its way to keep them.
No wonder the Raiders are leaving for Las Vegas. "This is a decrepit relic that needs to be replaced," says a reviewer on Yelp, where the coliseum gets an overall three stars.
Now that we've covered the worst fields in the NFL, read on as we count down the worst ballparks of Major League Baseball, all the way to the absolute worst place to catch a game. Is your park on this list?
Foul! The Worst Ballparks in Major League Baseball
It costs a family of four an average of just under $235 to go to a major league baseball game in 2019, including refreshments, parking and souvenirs, according to Team Marketing Report. That can put a serious dent in the family checking account.
At those prices, you want good value and a good experience. Some ballparks give it, others do not.
Forbes has ranked all 30 MLB stadiums, taking into account design, amenities and the views. Here are the ballparks with the most strikes against them — the ones in the lower half of the ranking, counting down to the worst of all. Yeeeeer out!
16. Comerica Park, Detroit
The Motor City lost its baseball identity when the Tigers decided to move on from iconic Tiger Stadium after the 1999 season. Comerica Park has tried to model itself on the great cathedrals of baseball but lacks their character and well-thought-out design.
The seats are smallish, and over 90% of them are exposed to the elements. Overall, Comerica is very average when it comes to MLB ballparks.
"What kind of took me by surprise is that I found the ballpark to be very simple," writes one fan, on Yelp. "It was 'plain vanilla' to me and nothing really stood out."
15. Target Field, Minneapolis
The Minnesota Twins' 9-year-old ballpark is a huge improvement over the old Metrodome, but it's still rather average compared to others around the league.
Fans complain about bad acoustics and seats that seem too far from the field. Some also say that the concessions are lacking.
"The stadium seems older than it is. It is in need of a facelift," writes one Yelp reviewer.
14. Miller Park, Milwaukee
The home of the Brewers is unique in the MLB, but that doesn't necessarily mean good. When the roof is closed, it feels like the game is happening in a giant cave.
"From outside, the building is as impressive as any ballpark, but inside all I could think was that this was a great big bowl that had its own cover for inclement weather. It's lacking character," says a Yelper.
Here's a tip: Choose seats down the first base line, as third base seats have an obstructed view of the scoreboard. And here's another: Find a great savings account and save up for your next baseball adventure.
13. SunTrust Park, Atlanta
The Braves play in the newest stadium in the majors — it opened just before the 2017 season. The ballpark looks gorgeous, with bars and restaurants lining the entry, and there are some great sightlines.
However, designers seemed to forget that the place is in Atlanta. There's little shade for fans, so in August you need to bring some sunscreen and a hat, preferably one with a big brim.
Fans on Yelp gripe about traffic, parking and the difficulty in getting to SunTrust Park by public transit.
12. Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
The 15-year-old ballpark where the Phillies play has a solid retro-modern design, but doesn't have all the modern amenities — particularly if you're trying to watch a game on a chilly April night.
The lack of cover is not ideal during spring and fall in a northern climate.
Fans on Yelp are mostly positive, though one writes: "There were too few vendors walking the aisles so (I) had to keep getting up for beer, peanuts etc..."
11. Progressive Field, Cleveland
Retro-modern Progressive Field has been the Indians' home since 1994 and has great views and some of the best lower-bowl seats in the league.
But for all its charms, the park leaves some unimpressed.
"It helped usher in the era of sterile modern ballparks. Nothing terribly special here," says one guy on Yelp. Another writes: "It doesn't stand out with any redeeming qualities or modern features compared to all the new ballparks out there today."
10. Minute Maid Park, Houston
Home to the Houston Astros, 19-year-old Minute Maid Park mixes retro aesthetics with a modern retractable roof. Most home games are under the roof, so if you head to the "Juice Box," be prepared for some indoor baseball.
Some diehard fans still lament the loss of the legendary Astrodome.
"As a native Houstonian, Minute Maid is a major league embarrassment," says one Yelper. "The whole place looks like it had not been painted since 1962. Come on Astros. All the money this city has given you, I would expect a little better treatment of the fans. A disgrace."
9. Rogers Centre, Toronto
As an avid Blue Jays fan, I refuse to call this stadium Rogers Centre. It's the Skydome and always will be! The park also needs an uplift.
The food is due for a revamp, the bathrooms could use some renovation and the seats need replacing.
More than one Yelper complains about the tight quarters. "The seats are a little small and there are no cup holders," writes one.
8. Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
The Cincinnati Reds' riverfront ballpark is yet another retro-modern park built in the mid-2000s. It's fairly average, though it can be a fun place to watch a game when the stadium is full — which has not been the case for a while.
"The general overpriced nature of the ballpark will always be a thing — but Cincinnati, if you look at price per income capita compared to other larger metropolitan cities, is actually wayyyyyy overpriced," a fan complains on Yelp.
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7. Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
The Nationals got a new home in 2008, but the rather sterile stadium — meant to resemble a national monument — lacks character. When the park opened, you could see the U.S. Capitol from most seats, but new development has blocked those views.
The food can seem average, and fans should brace for long lines at security and the concessions.
On Yelp, some reviewers complain about bored, disinterested fans on business outings who chatter away during the games and ruin the experience for others.
6. Angel Stadium, Anaheim, California
Angel Stadium is one of the oldest parks in the league: It opened in the mid-1960s, and it seems to struggle to get out of that decade.
The food options are equal to what you'd find in a mall food court, and the lines rival those at nearby Disneyland.
Fans of the Los Angeles Angels (the team's official name) say watch out for partial-view seats. As one Yelper puts it: "There is such a thing as a bad seat here."
5. Marlins Park, Miami
The Miami Marlins really missed the mark with this modern, retractable-roof stadium that opened in 2012.
The experience is "more tacky than grand," says Forbes — though some changes have been made for the 2019 season to class the place up. The notorious $2 million home run sculpture is gone!
"The worst part was the horrible traffic trying to park and leaving the area," says one Yelp reviewer. "Took us an hour to find parking."
4. Chase Field, Phoenix
The modern and ginormous home of the Arizona Diamondbacks "feels more like an airplane hangar inside," according to Forbes.
Watching a game here, it can seem like you are a million miles away from home plate.
The retractable roof keeps out the often stifling heat, and Yelpers rave about the AC. But some say the food is only so-so — and overpriced. You may want to pack your own.
3. Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago
Home of the Chicago White Sox, Guaranteed Rate Field is something of a trendsetter — but that's not a great thing. Though it was the first of the retro-modern stadiums when it opened in 1991, it "never had any charm," Forbes says.
It's hard to compete with the Chicago Cubs' historic Wrigley Field.
"The ballpark just seems to lack personality, says one Yelp reviewer. "The ballpark feels eerily empty by comparison to many others I've visited."
2. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California
The Oakland Athletics play in a park with an "aging, cookie-cutter design" that lacks views of the surrounding Oakland Hills, Forbes says.
If the 53-year-old stadium doesn't seem totally baseball-friendly, that's because it's also home to the NFL's Oakland Raiders.
"The Oakland Coliseum probably should have been demolished and replaced over 20 years ago," writes one fan, on Yelp.
1. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
In the cellar on this list is the Tampa Bay Rays' ballpark, the majors' only remaining stadium with a dome that doesn't retract. That "makes the ballpark experience call to mind being inside a fluted cow pie," Forbes says.
Another negative is that "crowd" sizes can be about the same as what minor league clubs draw.
"Ugh! Thats how I feel anytime I go into this stadium," writes one Yelper.
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