Seldom am I inclined to start a post with “don’t shoot the messenger,” but don’t shoot the messenger.
Sports Illustrated is out with its stadium rankings and the Minnesota Vikings do not do well, ranking 30th overall out of 32 venues.
The “atmosphere” at the Metrodome ranks 24 out of 32, partially because of its rating on “fan IQ,” and SI highlighted this nugget as an example of the worst behavior at the Metrodome:
“At the end of a game, the throwing of plastic bottles and half-full beer cups at a Chicago Bears fan with Down’s Syndrome who wasn’t moving as quickly as others toward the exit doors. It was the most disgusting behavior I have ever personally witnessed at a football game.”
The Dome also gets low marks for parking and finishes dead last in tailgating (there’s no place to tailgate these days).
But perhaps the biggest insult was the best ratings the Vikings and their fans got was the quality of the team’s play.