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 It's not always the fan base that makes an NFL stadium experience a poor one; many times stadiums can be outdated and run down.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.

3. Fedex Field, Washington Redskins

Photo of the field at Fedex Field. Home of the Washington Redskins. 

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Fedex Field is one of the largest stadiums in the National Football League. However, it has it's share of downsides. For starters, no NFL stadium has more seats with obstructed views of the field than Fedex Field (see video below). Football fans should avoid purchasing all tickets in the "200's" just to be safe. 

Fedex Field is also located 30 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. There is a Metro system that drops fans off in Landover, Maryland if you're staying in Washington, D.C. However, Fedex Field is nearly one mile from the Metro station. Fedex Field is an excellent stadium for tailgating, however, parking spots will often run you $40 or more per vehicle. The sound system on the upper levels of Fedex Field also tends to have issues and at times cannot be heard. The Washington Redskins organization knows all of this, of course. The organization is currently searching for a site to build their new stadium.

 

 

2. New Era Field, Buffalo Bills

Photo of the playing field at New Era Field. Home of the Buffalo Bills. 

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New Era Field, formerly Ralph Wilson Stadium, is probably the only NFL stadium that most closely resembles a college football stadium. The stadium opened in 1973 and is the oldest stadium in the National Football League. The majority of the seats at New Era Field are metal bleachers with no cup holders; similar to what you'll find at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. This creates an uncomfortable experience for football fans considering most NFL stadiums have individual seats.

New Era Field also sits 15 miles from downtown Buffalo in the suburb of Orchard Park, New York. While the suburban location does create an excellent tailgating scene, most fans will have to make arrangements to travel to Orchard Park. There is no light rail system in Buffalo that drops fans off at Orchard Park. If you're staying in one of the nicer hotels in downtown Buffalo and flew into the city, you'll need to take an Uber or cab to Orchard Park which can easily run $30 each way.  

 

 

1. Oakland Coliseum, Oakland Raiders

Photo of the playing field at Oakland Coliseum. Home of the Oakland Raiders.

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If you saw the movie 'Moneyball' you saw how far below par the Oakland Coliseum appeared to be compared to other stadiums in professional sports. The truth is, the Coliseum used to have it's share of outside scenery before Al Davis had "Mt. Davis" built; the upper level portion between the two scoreboards above. Yes, the Raiders have to share the playing field with Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics for a decent portion of the football season. The Oakland Athletics, however, are pursuing a move to nearby San Jose, California. The Golden State Warriors will abandon Oracle Arena after 2018 when they move to nearby San Francisco. And finally, the city of Los Angeles is strongly pursuing the Raiders to join the Rams and become the city's second tenant. Needless to say, the entire Coliseum site could be extinct in coming years. Oakland Coliseum will turn 35 years old in 2012 and is definitely showing it's age. In addition to the poor quality of play on the field, there are 29 other venues you should probably check out first.

  

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