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 Photo of Richfield Coliseum from the parking lot.

Before Lebron James and Quicken Loans Arena, the Cleveland Cavaliers called the old Richfield Coliseum home. Richfield Coliseum had a lot of history for an arena located 40 minutes from downtown Cleveland and nicknamed "The Palace on the Prairie". Perhaps the most notable event to take place there was the boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner; a fight that brought the "Rocky" Series to life.

Photo of the court at American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat.

American Airlines Arena is located in sunny Miami, Florida which actually seems to hinder the arena's attendance. Though our staff has never attended a game at American Airlines Arena, we often hear statements about why the venue seems to be half-full or lifeless compared to other NBA arenasIt can't be the team; Lebron James and Dwayne Wade are in the Heat lineup and comprise one of the most exciting teams in the NBA. The lack of attendance could actually be the result of a number of factors.

 Photo of the court at KeyArena, home of the Seattle Supersonics.

If you're an NBA fan that has been attending games since the 1980's, you've probably noticed the difference in the atmosphere these days. Not only is the quality of play not what it used to be but the fan experience isn't what it used to be either. Ticket sales are down. Players don't play hard until the playoffs heat up. The Commissioner of the NBA blocks trades. Players only want to stay a year or two in college and are never fully developed. If you're an NBA fan that got to see a game in one of the following three arenas during the league's glory days; consider yourself lucky. 

Photo of the ice at Joe Louis Arena, former home of the Detroit Red Wings.

There are really no modern NHL arenas that can compare to former venues such as Civic Arena (Pittsburgh Penguins), Maple Leaf Gardens (Toronto Maple Leafs) and the Montreal Forum (Montreal Canadiens). All three arenas which are now defunct, exuded character, history and fanfare. Newer NHL arenas such as Bridgestone Arena (Nashville Predators) and Gila River Arena (Arizona Coyotes) are shiny but very corporate. Gone are the days when history meant something; club seating, private suites and bells and whistles seem to be the driving force behind the construction of new NHL arenas. Here are three now defunct NHL arenas that hockey fans truly miss.

Exterior photo of the Astrodome, former home of the Houston Oilers.

Before mega NFL stadiums like AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys) and Metlife Stadium (New York Giants and Jets) were constructed and labeled with tacky corporate names, there were the classic cookie-cutter NFL stadiums. Today, fans know that the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos are franchises with a ton of history. But they know very little about where that history was established. The following three NFL stadiums may be gone but they will never be forgotten. 

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 field at Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins.

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 field at Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers.

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 the field at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.

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 the playing field at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals.

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 Green Bay Packers fans at Lambeau Field.

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.  

 Exterior photo of Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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 of the Milwaukee Brewers giving an interview.  

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 the field at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

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 sheet of Super Bowl tickets.

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.

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

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.