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Fri May 11, 2012
Time Magazine: Trop 3rd Worst Sports Stadium
According to a Time magazine blog, Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg is the third worst sports stadium in the United States.
On a list that includes such fabled facilities as L.A.'s Dodgers Stadium (10th worst) and Boston's Fenway Park (8th), the home of the Tampa Bay Rays finished behind only Long Island's Nassau Colliseum (nickname: Nassau Mausoleum and site of a government asbestos investigation) and the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis (site of a snow-induced roof collapse in 2010).
Blogger Jason Seher, a self-admitted fan of the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia's sports teams, doesn't mince words when it comes to the Trop:
It’s amazing that a warm-weather destination would choose to lock its baseball team in a giant warehouse. Tropicana Field, not-so-affectionately called “The Trop,” should be hosting millions of Fed-Ex packages, not some of the best baseball in all the land. Behold a brief inventory of the Tampa Bay Rays’ stadium’s odd quirks that make it one of the most inhospitable stadiums in all of sports: Catwalks? Check. Poor sight lines? Check. Rude service staff? Check. Mile walk from where your car is parked to the stadium? Check. The feeling you’re trapped in a giant pinball machine populated by whizzing baseballs ready to plop into your $8 Bud Light? Check.
Tropicana Field, which opened its doors in 1990, is the second 'youngest' arena on the list, trailing only the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis (7th worst), which hosted its first event in 1995.