I understand what you are saying, but there are only 4 fixed dome stadiums in the NFL (Minnesota mostly fixed, with glass roof, and doors that open to the side), and 4 retractables, that's it. The retractables in Dallas and Arizona have glass/plex roofs, and Arizona plays on grass. There are a few stadiums I do despise though. Atlanta's Georgia Dome most of all. What on earth are they doing playing in a dome? And a dim and dark one at that. I could say the same for New Orleans, but the city and state simply don't have the money to do anything now.Nomad said:This whole thing is plain egregious; 55 years of tradition in SD, and all is lost because these Billionaire owners can't figure out how to finance a stadium without having to prey on the taxpayers for financial support of these ridiculous mega-stadiums...Greedy owners, spoiled management, wimpy fans...not the same product anymore
If you flip this around, look at Green Bay. I can't ever, ever, ever see a domed stadium going in there. The same really for Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, New England, a few more teams and cities. They accept and embrace the weather, players and fans. Seattle can be very wet, but I distinctly recall when their new stadium went in fans insisting they wanted it open air.
As to San Diego, I agree about the Spanos family, they didn't even wait until the extended NFL deadline to announce they were gone. Alex Spanos is worth $2.4b, and didn't seem to want to budge. Mark Davis has about $500m, and has offered to sell a minority stake in the team to keep them in Oakland. Davis also is known to be fairly modest. He uses an old cell phone, and drives a 1997 Dodge Caravan to work, which he bought off the lot. He apparently goes to the same barber he has for 30 years.
Now that San Diego is moving, the Raiders will be playing in the worst stadium in the NFL. I personally think they should move to Levi Stadium, at least to try it out, but egos seem to get in the way of that. Not just owners, but fans, city officials, it's just stupid. I can't see the NFL wanting a team in Las Vegas, and people in the other 98% of the large state will be fuming if they have to pay taxes for a stadium, but stranger things have happened.