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Photo of Old Comiskey in Chicago, Illinois during a night game.

Baseball is a game we are first introduced to as children, whether through playing in little league or our parents taking us to the ballpark. Due to the recent pursuit of newer ballparks with all of the latest bells and whistles, many historic baseball shrines have been abandoned. As much as many fans would have loved to have seen ballparks like the old Yankee Stadium preserved as well as Wrigley Field in Chicago or Fenway Park in Boston, it's just not possible. Here are three Major League ballparks baseball fans miss the most.

Photo of the ice at Gila River Arena, home of the Arizona Coyotes.

We'll admit, we're not that picky when it comes to where we watch our sports and have seen our share of hockey arenas around the United States. Seeing the game from different venues is a good thing because it's a perfect excuse to travel and see other cities as well. Regardless, we have done our research and here are the three worst arenas in the National Hockey League according to NHL fans. See if your favorite team's venue was unfortunate enough to make our list.

 Photo of the court at Sleep Train Arena, home of the Sacramento Kings.

When it comes to scenery and atmosphere, NBA arenas don't quite possess the variety that Major League ballparks or NFL stadiums do. Some arenas have seen better days. Some arenas just need a winning product on the court to create buzz and popularity. Here are the three worst arenas in the NBA according to our staff here at From This Seat.

 Photo of the ice at the BB&T Center, home of the Florida Panthers.

The National Hockey League is a sport that is rapidly growing in popularity in the United States. Our staff decided to compile a list of the ten largest arenas in the National Hockey League. Our list begins with the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Photo of the field at Oakland Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athletics. 

Attending a Major League Baseball game is one of the most wonderful experiences that living in the United States provides us. Every Major League ballpark is different in it's own way when it comes to dimensions, sight lines, history, weather, food and drink, etc. Some would say that what really makes the baseball experience special is the slow pace of the game which encourages conversations with strangers in the stands. Unfortunately, not all MLB ballparks were created equally. Our staff has compiled a list of Major League Baseball's three worst stadiums. 

Photo of the playing field at Everbank Field. Home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Is there such thing as a bad NFL stadium? It's not always the fan base that makes an NFL stadium experience a poor one; many times stadiums can be outdated and run down. Overpriced tickets doesn't help the appeal of a venue either. According to our staff at From This Seat, here are three NFL stadiums in need a major face-lift or need to be put out of their misery.

Photo of the playing field at Levi's Stadium. Home of the San Francisco 49ers. 

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There are no NFL stadiums that seat less than 60,000 people in terms of capacity. However, there are none that seat more than 90,000 people. In college football, 15 venues boast a larger capacity than Metlife Stadium, the NFL's largest stadium (home of the New York Jets and New York Giants). Why such a difference in size? 

Photo of Progressive Field before a World Series game versus the Chicago Cubs. Home of the Cleveland Indians.

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If there is one thing we universally know as Major League Baseball fans, it's that every MLB stadium is different than the other. They're different in terms of sight lines, features dimensions and quality. Bigger doesn't always mean better and the behavior of the fan base can greatly contribute to a ballpark's atmosphere. Here are the ten largest stadiums in Major League Baseball and all ten are worth checking out this summer.

Photo of Cedric Benson and other Cincinnati Bengals players before a home game at Paul Brown Stadium.

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It was a much better year for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals than what many of their fans had anticipated. With a severe lack of experienced veteran players, the Bengals still made it to the NFL playoffs for only the third time in two decades.

Photo of New Era Field. Home of the Buffalo Bills. 

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NFL stadiums can be hostile in two different ways; hostile against the opposing team's fans and hostile against the opposing team via crowd volume. The two often go hand in hand. We have compiled a list of five NFL Stadiums that will make you wish you were back in your home stadium.  

Photo of McCovey Cove outside of Oracle Park. Home of the San Francisco Giants. 

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I don't recall where I read this quote but I went something like "What makes a ballpark isn't it's features or how many seats it holds but how much history has taken place there". If that were the case, Fenway Park and Wrigley Field are the most prized MLB ballparks out there. Many baseball fans will agree that this is indeed the case. However, disregarding history, there are 5 other MLB ballparks that trump the other 25 when it comes to scenery. 

Photo of Ryan Braun stepping up to the plate during a Milwaukee Brewers game.  

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I really thought the steroid era in Major League Baseball was over. Manny Ramirez had retired. Big Papi got caught. Alex Roriguez confessed. There was no way this new class of superstars would be dumb enough to drug their system in order to give their statistics a boost. I've been wrong before.

Photo of a Boston Red Sox tickets sign.

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If you are a Boston Red Sox fan and think you deserve some reward for enduring the 2011 turmoil, think again. Bargains on Red Sox tickets are hard to come by during any given year. The organization has announced that the price of tickets for the 2012 MLB season will remain the same as last year.

For those of you not up to date with the lingo, a "man cave" or "fan cave" is just another word for a man's basement. A lair where the male goes to relax, drink beer, watch sports and get away from the wife (kidding).

Photo of a pair of Super Bowl tickets.

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Even for fans that only follow the National Football League casually, attending the Super Bowl in person is on the bucket list of many NFL fans. Getting tickets to this mega event is not as hard as once before thanks to websites like the NFL Ticket Exchange, Stubhub and Ebay.

Photo of Washington Nationals tickets laying on a table.

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As expected, the surprise team of the 2011 Major League Baseball season will hike their ticket prices by an average of 9% next season. More than 3 Million fans flocked to the beautiful Miller Park in Milwaukee this season to see Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and company.

Photo of Mark Stuart of the Winnipeg Jets skating on the ice.

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The Winnipeg Jets organization has recently suspended several season ticket holders for violating the resale clause they signed when purchasing season tickets. Not many franchises would ever take this measure. Especially the NFL who has implemented a blackout rule for stadiums that do not sell enough tickets. With online ticket brokers like Stubhub and Ticketmaster at the fingertips of virtually every hockey fan; selling, buying and upgrading tickets to events is now easier than ever. Although such websites exist, ticket scalping is still a common practice outside of stadiums and arenas in North America. 

Photo of Carson Palmer of the Cincinnati Bengals during a game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Carson Palmer

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Carson Palmer thought his days as an NFL quarterback were over. Disgruntled and unhappy with the Cincinnati Bengals organization and it's stubborn owner Mike Brown, Palmer vowed to never play a game in a Cincinnati Bengals uniform again. The only thing that stood in Carson's way of properly exiting was the big fat contract he had signed with the Bengals a few years earlier.

Photo of a game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Image Credit: Amy Meridith (CC BY-ND 2.0)

After spending millions of dollars this past off season to acquire Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox fans should be disgusted with their team's performance. And they are. Although the team won 90 games this season which would make them a lock for the MLB playoffs in any other division; they posted a losing record during their final 20 games.

Movie set for the movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.

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Our staff has written numerous articles on the correlation between small market teams, ticket sales and team revenue. As you can probably imagine, we were excited to finally see a movie documenting the sometimes uneven playing field in Major League BaseballBaseball is a money sport and it became that when people like you and I began spending $150 on a single ticket or $100 on a player's jersey.

Photo of Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts.

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Anyone that regularly follows NFL headlines is aware that Peyton Manning recently underwent neck surgery; his second surgery in  four months. Because Peyton is expected to miss a great portion of the 2011 season, many Indianapolis Colts fans are deciding not to attend Indianapolis Colts games at Lucas Oil Stadium.