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What’s the worst sports venue you have been to in your life?

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I saw this tweet last week and it got me thinking that I have been to some pretty bad sports venues...especially baseball stadiums.

With that in mind, the first one that comes to mind for me is the Oakland Coliseum, which until recently was home to the Oakland Athletics and Oakland Raiders. To say it was terrible is an understatement. The sightlines were terrible. The bathrooms haven’t been updated in years. The stadium and surrounding area itself are a complete eyesore. It’s no wonder the Raiders moved to Vegas. I’m also happy that the Athletics will be getting a nicer ballpark in the near future.

On that note...what’s the worst sport venue you have ever visited? I’m excited to read your stories below. Anyways onto Flakes...

Frosted Flakes

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Travel

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The Rest

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