When the stands are empty: 8 abandoned Olympic facilities
Hundreds of thousands of guests flock to the city, where they pass. Hundreds of millions of dollars are invested in preparation. Sixteen days of glory end, the guests leave, the fire goes out, and the city remains with unnecessary grand buildings built specifically for the Olympics. In this article we will talk about abandoned Olympic facilities around the world.
Having fulfilled their function, these ultra-modern, state-of-the-art buildings most often remain abandoned and join the Olympic complexes, which people first frantically built and then immediately forgot. Only a few continued to use as intended — to conduct sports events at the stadiums and live in the homes of the Olympic village. Many complexes were rebuilt, some were demolished, and some were left completely overgrown with grass and turn into ruins in the middle of the cities that they were so proud of at the beginning.
Thanks to the Olympics in 1924, the prestige of France rose, and the country was able to recover from the First World War. When the games ended, almost all the erected objects were redeveloped or dismantled. Today there is only one building left from the Olympiad — the State DE Paris, but it will soon resemble those post-war ruins. After the Olympics, this football stadium was still used for rugby matches for many years, and only after it suffered from the hurricane of 1999, it was closed and forgotten.
The notorious “Nazi Olympics” started three years before the start of the Second World War. Adolf Hitler personally opened them, and all games were used to demonstrate the superiority of the German nation. But sports victories were forgotten, and the monstrous philosophy of that Olympiad was remembered for a long time.
Although some buildings were used for several decades, most of them: sleeping complexes, indoor training pool and many others left to rot after the war. In recent years, it was a question of giving the remaining buildings (25 of 140 built) the status of historical monuments.
The Soviet Union, China and Israel first performed at the 1952 Olympic Games in Finland. The Olympics in Helsinki was scheduled for the summer of 1940, but when its time came, Europe was in flames of war and had no time for games.
Almost all the objects of the peaceful Olympics were destroyed, rebuilt and abandoned. Now they are left only the main stadium and swimming pool, but he turned into ruins.
Another infamous Olympiad in Germany took place in 1972 and became known as the “Munich Massacre”. Eleven members of the Israeli team were abducted from the Olympic Village and killed by Palestinian terrorists.
Almost all the facilities of the sports park remained in use, the Olympic Village became a residential complex, and only the railway station, built to receive a large flow of spectators, became useless.
The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. A total of nine objects were erected, which immediately after the closure of the games were abandoned, and a few years later destroyed during the Civil War.
Some of them, for example, bobsleigh tracks, were used for military purposes. And only the Olympic Hall “Zetra”, which held the closing ceremony, remained in good condition.
It was not at all typical for America to throw expensive objects unattended, but in the Atlanta Olympic complex, which was forgotten today, there was initially something sinister: a bomb exploded in the park took one life and injured 111 people and blocked the memories of sports victories.
This Atlanta Olympics was commercially viable, which is unusual for modern games. Almost all objects were actively used at first, but gradually declined. The last in 2007, the Stone Mountain tennis court was abandoned, and since then the Olympic Park has been slowly destroyed.
The special Olympiad held in the historic homeland of the games attracted the attention of the whole world and was distinguished by an almost ancient scale. Ten years later, all the Olympic facilities lay in ruins, comparable to the ancient Greek, and became a symbol of immoderation and unjustified costs, because many Greeks blame the Olympics for their economic crisis.
Most of the park: volleyball courts, weightlifting halls, tennis courts and much more are left in oblivion. Those objects that are still in use have never been repaired and stand covered with graffiti and rust stains. The Olympic Village, in which $11 billion was invested, was settled only for the duration of the games and immediately abandoned after they ended. In general, only the difference of thousands of years distinguishes these ruins from the Parthenon.
The luxury and extravagance of the Olympiad in China surpassed the expectations of the whole world in 2008. About five million people filled a huge park to see a delightful spectacular sight. Fireworks at half the sky, millions of LED screens, thousands of drummers, dancers and singers — it seemed that the entire billion-strong population of the Middle Kingdom supported that significant event for the country.
But then what? Officials acknowledged that the organizers did not take into account the possibility of long-term use of facilities, because these were the first Olympic Games for China, and they tried to make them as effective as possible, without thinking about tomorrow. The famous Bird’s Nest stadium is so rarely used today that it will take about 30 years to recoup the $480 million invested in its construction. Another object — the “Water Cube” is held only by state support. All other buildings, grounds and stadiums are abandoned and forgotten.