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Top 12 Stadiums Which are 12 Years Old

By Daniel Armstrong -- December 12, 2012 8:10 AM EST


These days, a stadium or arena that is 12 years old is no longer shiny in new. However, this list is filled with some of the great venues in sports today, and each venue is 12 years old.

  1. Xcel Energy Center - Home of the Minnesota Wild

    The Xcel Energy Center has been the home of the Minnesota Wild since the team brought the NHL back to the Twin Cities in 2000. The arena was named as the #2 venue in the NHL by Stadium Journey Magazine for 2011, and the 7th best stadium on the overall Top 100. Besides being the home of the Wild, you can also see the NLL Minnesota Swarm play here from January through May (if they are in the playoffs). Overall, it is a fantastic facility and still is one of the best, more than a decade after opening.

  2. AT&T Park - Home of the San Francisco Giants

    The Giants moved from blistering Candlestick Park five miles north to their new penthouse at 3rd and King Streets in downtown San Francisco for the start of the 2000 season. AT&T Park immediately became an icon in the baseball park landscape and paved the way for the renaissance of new parks in the early 2000's.

    The brick exterior makes for an old-timey, aesthetically pleasing monument to San Francisco baseball fifty years in the making. One of the few items to make the trip up to King Street is the old foghorn played loudly and proudly after every Giants homerun, a perfect Ode to San Francisco.

  3. Fifth Third Field - Home of the Dayton Dragons

    Since its opening in April 2000, Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons, has attracted crowds that have filled the park. In fact, they have led Single-A minor league attendance each year since the stadium opened, and surpassed the consecutive sellout streak in North American sports in July 2011 (the record belonged previously to the Portland Trail Blazers at 814 consecutive home sellouts).

    Visiting fans would be well advised to get their tickets in advance when they travel to Fifth Third Field. You are sure to find filled seats, and while the ballpark itself is not spectacular, it is a very cozy stadium with no noticeable flaws.

  4. Raley Field - Home of the Sacramento River Cats

    It would not be a stretch to say that the Triple-A affiliate for the Oakland Athletics has a much better ballpark than the boys in Oakland. Afterall, it's hard to say O.co Coliseum is a "ballpark" at all. Raley Field however has been charming fans since it hosted the first ever Sacramento River Cats game in 2000.

    Since it opened, Raley Field has turned into the buzzworthy destination for inland Northern California. Along with hosting the Pacific Coast League River Cats, they showcase summer concerts in a truly beautiful setting. Its convenience to downtown and state of the art facilities have allowed the field to supplant Sleep Train Arena as the concert destination of choice. Sleep Train Arena is aging and miles outside of any substantial neighborhood.

  5. Comerica Park - Home of the Detroit Tigers

    The opening of Comerica Park in 2000 was met with a great deal of resistance by Tigers fans who had developed a strong bond with Tiger Stadium at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull. In many ways, Comerica Park was the antithesis of the old home of the Tigers. It was criticized for being too much of a carnival atmosphere, lacking the classic charm of the old navy-colored ball yard.

    The criticism of Comerica Park has been unjust. It is a completely fair sentiment to miss Tiger Stadium (especially now that it’s been demolished), or to believe that the Tigers should have never moved, but Comerica Park is of itself, a really wonderful stadium. Sentimentality aside, a trip to see the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park should be on the list for any fan of America’s Pastime.

  6. Minute Maid Park - Home of the Houston Astros

    The Astros have been calling Houston home since 1962. Originally known as the Colt .45s in 1962, then after the .45s moved to the world's first multi-purpose dome (Astrodome) they became the Astros. In 2000, the Astros made another move to their current home of Minute Maid Park, located in downtown Houston. Minute Maid Park, like its predecessor, was one of the first of its kind being one of the first retractable-roofed stadiums. This was definitely a great idea as fans are protected from Houston's notoriously humid weather, but also allows fans to enjoy outdoor baseball during favorable weather. Minute Maid Park has the capacity to seat just under 41,000 people.

    Minute Maid Park is a one of a kind venue. The largest entrance to the park is inside what was once Houston's Union Station, and the left field side of the stadium features a train as homage to the site's history.

  7. Louisville Slugger Field - Home of the Louisville Bats

    Louisville Slugger Field, home of the Louisville Bats, is a great baseball stadium located in downtown Louisville along the banks of the Ohio River. There's plenty to do before the game, there's plenty to do during the game, and there's plenty to do after the game, all at a fair price

  8. Bethpage Ballpark - Home of the Long Island Ducks

    While New York baseball is focused on the Mets and Yankees, there's a team that plays a little further out on Long Island that's worth a visit for any baseball fan. The Long Island Ducks finished their 12th season of existence in 2011, and since day one, the team has stressed competitive baseball in an affordable, fan-friendly atmosphere. At Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, the Ducks accomplish both of these goals every summer.

  9. AutoZone Park - Home of the Memphis Redbirds

    Opened in 2000 and ushering in both a new century and a new era of professional sports in Memphis, TN, AutoZone Park is, simply put, one of the finest minor league baseball stadiums in America. From its neo-traditional design (based on iconic Camden Yards) to the Bluff out in left field, everything about AutoZone Park is designed to provide a unique, thoroughly enjoyable baseball experience.

    Ground broke on January 16, 1998, and the stadium was opened on April 1, 2000, one year later than original plans. But it was a smashing success for its Memphis-based designers, Looney Ricks Kiss Architects, with the assist to consultants from Kansas City's Populous (or HOK Sport, as it was known at the time, who designed Oriole Park at Camden Yards in 1992). By any measure, AutoZone Park is a favorite, unanimously praised for beauty, comfort and functionality. The pinnacle of the praise came in 2009 when the track was named by esteemed Baseball America as the top stadium in the minors, with one minor league official calling it "the Taj Mahal of minor league baseball."

  10. Paul Brown Stadium - Home of the Cincinnati Bengals

    Following the decline of one of sport's most innovative convertible stadiums for its time in Cinergy Field, more commonly known as Riverfront Stadium, Paul Brown Stadium has become the wonderful new image of the Cincinnati Bengals. Not only were the Bengals a proud recipient of the tax passed by Hamilton County to fund their new home, but the MLB franchise Cincinnati Reds scored the beautiful Great American Ball Park as well. Although Riverfront Stadium was home to many great memories (with friends and family more so than results on the field), most Cincinnatians would agree that it was time for an upgrade. According to Harris Interactive Survey, Paul Brown Stadium recently has been named to the list of "America's Favorite 150 Buildings and Structures," being the only football stadium to make this list. The only other two sports venues to make the list were Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium.

  11. Smokies Stadium - Home of the Tennessee Smokies

    Ballparks do not get much cozier than Smokies Park, home of the Tennessee Smokies. It’s nestled just a short drive away from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the stadium is very impressive for a minor league team at the AA level.

    Smokies Park first opened in 2000 and has always drawn a great group of fans. The official capacity of Smokies Park is over 6,000, but there have been a few occasions when the attendance eclipsed 7,000 fans.

    It’s only fitting that the team that plays in one of the better ballparks in the Southern League is affiliated with the Chicago Cubs, which of course calls historic Wrigley Field home.

  12. Nationwide Arena - Home of the Columbus Blue Jackets

    It’s all here. The beautiful arena that’s easy to get to and a great place to watch a game. The neighborhood that went from ghost town to a welcoming place to gather before and after the game. A city with a loyal base of sports fans ready and willing to support their entry into the NHL. Just one thing has been missing to really set this market off, and unfortunately, the team on the ice is kind of an important component. To their credit, the fans are still there, still cheering, still waiting.


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