5 Ghostly Abandoned Olympic Venues from the Past

5 Ghostly Abandoned Olympic Venues from the Past

With the 2016 Rio Edition around the corner, the world is starting to question if hosting the Olympics is worth it. This follows research (or plain common sense) which suggests spending billions on a two-week event is not a wise investment.

You will be shocked at what some of these former event spaces look like now.



After the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was demolished in 1997 and turned into 4,000 parking spaces.





A field that was once the baseball stadium at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.



The Olympic village from 2004 Athens was to be converted into public housing. Even though hundreds of families applied, plans fell through.





The Olympic podium from Sarajevo (1984) is now devastated by the war that followed a year later.



At Sochi, Russia venue of the 2014 Winter Olympics many projects were not even completed.



Stadiums and buildings of the past have been abandoned, torn down, and bombed out—though a few survive in a deplorable stage. In the worst-case scenario, host nations are left with white elephants - total wastes of space and money. Olympic venues go unused after the games and fall into disrepair and ruin - an inevitable and sad fallout of a majestic event.
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