Stadiums past their prime
Power Balance Pavilion (Sacramento Kings)
Known as Arco Arena since its 1988 conception until February, 2010, the Kings changed the arena's name mid-season to Power Balance. While the facility looks more like the offices of an IT company than an NBA arena, it enjoyed a reputation for raucous crowds during the Kings' glory days in the early 2000s. The smallest arena in the league with a capacity of only 17,317, the bankrupt Maloof twins threatened to move the Kings to Anaheim in April of 2011 but agreed to leave the team in NorCal for at least the following season. Sacramento mayor (and former three-time NBA all-star) Kevin Johnson has publicly advocated for public funding of a new arena, but the city has been reluctant to approve it.
Candlestick Park (San Francisco 49ers)
Constructed for the San Francisco Giants in 1960, the 49ers played their first game there in 1971. Originally called Candlestick, the stadium also has been called 3Com Park and Monster Park, but it reverted back to its original name in 2008. Best known for its strong windy conditions, many Giants fans have claimed that Willie McCovey lost countless home runs in the swirling gusts that fell just short of the wall, and the team vacated the ballpark at the end of the 1999 season. Now it's just the 49ers who can blame the wind for miscues. Hope is on the horizon, however. A new stadium for the 2015 season in Santa Clara is already in the works.
Joe Louis Arena (Detroit Red Wings)
Opened in 1979, the Joe is one of three remaining NHL arenas without a corporate sponsorship name. Best known for the Octopi that rain down from the stands during Red Wings playoff games, the arena has long been in need of upgrades in the concourse and seating areas. A proposal has been in place to construct a new arena in downtown Detroit that would host the Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons (who currently play in the equally outdated "Palace"), but no serious developments have been made since the initial proposal two years ago.
Metrodome (Minnesota Vikings)
If the Cowboys have a hole in the roof so God can watch his favorite team, then it would have been more fitting if the Metrodome floor had collapsed last December. The tortured franchise has watched the older brother Twins move out of the Metrodome and into a shiny new tax-funded stadium across the city last year, but the Vikes still play in the outdated Metrodome. The site has seen little progress in public transportation access, and many of the parking lots previously used for tailgating have disappeared due to new development. Many fear that without a new stadium, the team may relocate to Los Angeles or San Antonio when their lease on the Dome expires at the end of this season.
Bradley Center (Milwaukee Bucks)
Looking more like the mall down the street than the site where Ray Allen and Michael Redd once shot the lights out of the arena, the Bradley Center is one of the oldest venues in the league. Opened in 1988 with the Palace at Auburn Hills and ARCO Arena, the Center lacks numerous amenities that are standard at most arenas, including club seating and luxury boxes. While building a new arena has been proposed, so far only renovations to the current facility have been made, including a new 3.5 million pixel LED unit to replace a jumbotron that looked more at home in Archie Bunker's living room than an NBA arena. Unfortunately for Bucks owner and U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, this hasn't helped the Deer rise above their position as having the lowest team value of any NBA franchise.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (New York Islanders)
The Coliseum very easily could be the worst stadium on this list. Located in Uniondale, NY, 19 miles east of Manhattan (with a public transportation commute of over two hours each way), the Islanders have finished dead last in attendance four of the last six NHL seasons (and a stellar second-worst and third-worst the other two.) It has hosted far more minor sports league games than NHL ones (National Lacrosse League, pro roller hockey or Major Indoor Soccer League anyone?), and owners have been pushing for a new arena since the Clinton Administration. Formerly known as "Fort Neverlose" during the Islanders' run of four straight Stanley Cup championships in the 80s, those days are long gone. A new "Lighthouse Project" involving a 60-story lighthouse tower has been in development hell for years, now, and county residents turned out a referendum on taxpayer funding for a new arena on August 1, 2011.
Built in 1966, the facility has undergone more name changes than Diddy and Prince combined, transitioning from its original name of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum to the Oakland Coliseum, then to the Network Associates Coliseum, the McAfee Coliseum and finally to its current name of Overstock.com Coliseum. Raiders owner Al Davis has been pushing for renovations since 1981, forcing the team to move to Los Angeles, and then returning only after the construction of a massive 10,000 seat expansion in centerfield, which fans have called "Mount Davis" and "The AL-ps." While relief appears on the forefront for the A's with talks of a new stadium in San Jose, the Raiders have briefly discussed a dual stadium with the 49ers, but the ever-present rumor of Los Angeles has also been hanging over their heads.
Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego Chargers)
Qualcomm is the fifth-oldest stadium in the NFL (behind the nostalgic Lanbeau, the heavily renovated Solder Field and the Bay Area stadiums). Another former cathedral of baseball, this football stadium only cost $27 million to build, but the team has struggled to find taxpayer money to build a new stadium after the Padres moved out in 2003. While the Q has hosted three Super Bowls, the NFL has said that if San Diego wants to host another one it would have to be in a new stadium. The Chargers are yet another team rumored to be on their way up north Interstate-405 to LA someday.
Rexall Place (Edmenton Oilers)
While Rexall is one of the oldest venues in the NHL, the Oilers have upgraded the 37-year-old facility constantly through the years to keep it up to modern standards. New suites were added in 1994 and 2001, and a $3.5 million locker room upgrade occurred three years ago. However, this hasn't prevented the arena from racking up an impressive 24 health code violations since 2009. A new arena has been proposed by the Katz ownership group for downtown Edmonton, but no serious discussion has been made.
Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary Flames)
Opened in 1983, the Saddledome is best known for its bizarre, oblong roof shaped much like a skateboard half-pipe. While the Saddledome, one of the oldest arenas in the NHL, has undergone many improvements since its construction, the last major overhaul was in 1994. During the summer, the facility is virtually unused, spare the occasional concert and the annual World Stock Dog Championship. In 2008, Flames president Ken King said that plans for a new arena were "five to eight years away," which has lead many to believe that after the team's lease expires in 2014, a new arena will be in the works.
Sun Life Stadium (Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins)
While only 24 years old, Sun Life still seems utterly out of date. The home of the Florida Marlins and Miami Dolphins tops even O.Co Coliseum's number of name changes, going by Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Land Shark Stadium and currently Sun Life Stadium. Entire sections are often left empty during Marlins home games, and the abandoned stands have become so embarrassing that the team has announced the entire upper deck will be tarped off for the rest of the 2011 season. Sun Life has hosted five Super Bowls, but the NFL is threatening not to award another one unless serious renovations are made, possibly even a roof to prevent a repeat of the rain-soaked Super Bowl XLI. The Marlins will move into a new stadium in West Miami next season, but the Dolphins will be left to fend for themselves 30 minutes north of South Beach.
Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays)
On many occasions, the Tampa Bay stadium is so silent during games that fans can yell catcalls and obscenities that can clearly be heard through the majority of the park. The Trop has been almost constantly criticized since its inception in 1990. It remains the only domed stadium in the MLB without a retractable roof, and the catwalks along the roof have caused hundreds of incidents of balls striking them. (The ruling on whether balls would be in play, dead, outs or ground-rule doubles has changed many times throughout the years.) The park has also hosted Arena Football, college bowl games, the NHL and the Final Four. The Rays announced plans for a new park in 2007, but those plans were abandoned two years later.