Now that the 2016 Olympics are over, the crowds and athletes have gone home (some in sorrow and some with pride and medals in their luggage) we thought it fitting to take a look back at past Olympic cities, and see what happens after all of the hoopla is over.
A host city’s worst-case scenario is that the venues will go unused after the games, and become a detriment and an eyesore to the region. You can see this all around the world at old Olympic sites.
An economic surge happens surrounding the Olympics, but even that costs money. After that surge subsides, then what?
The causes for this ghost town effect are specific to each country; war, economic distress, and natural disasters.
55. Rio de Janeiro
Here is Rio de Janeiro’s “uninhabitable’ Olympic village.
This is what it looks like with less than a week before the opening ceremony.
It was the 1984 Winter Olympics that Sarajevo hosted.
They were the first Winter Olympics held in a communist state.
53. Civil War
Civil war broke out a decade after Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics.
52. Zetra Hall
Zetra Hall was the skating facility in the Winter Olympics. Here we see what is left of it.
During the civil war, Olympic venues were repurposed. The venues were used as military facilities.
50. Olympic Rings
Here is what used to be the figure skating arena. The Olympic rings still hang on the tower.
During the war, facilities were transformed. Here is what used to be the bobsled facility. It was used as an artillery stronghold during the war.
48. BMX Course
Today they hold BMX races on the old abandoned graphitized bobsled course.
47. Ski Jump
In this photo, we see the ski jump through a nearby broken window.
46. The Track
As you can see, the track is covered in debris.
45. Different Angle
Here’s a different angle of the abandoned ski jump full of debris.
44. Kosevo Stadium
The Kosevo Stadium is where the opening ceremonies were held for the 1984 Winter Olympics. Here we see a dog walk past the run down stadium.
43. The Walls of Kosevo
As you can see, weeds grow all over the walls of what use to be the Kosevo Stadium.
Grass and weeds have completely overrun the old Winter Olympic’s seating.
41. Mount Ignan
Here is the abandoned ski jump at Mount Igman.
In 2008, the Summer Olympics were hosted by Beijing. Beijing is up again to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
39. The Facilities
The waters near the Beijing Summer Olympic facilities are now polluted.
38. Baseball Stadium
Here we see the 2008 baseball sign in the area where the stadium once stood.
37. Inside The Stadium
What once was a baseball stadium to the Olympics is now just a field and the home of a stray dog.
36. The Stands
This boat is sailing past the rowing facility’s stands and observation tower.
Many stadiums were shut out from the public after the Olympics in Beijing. Much like this beach volleyball facility.
35. Volleyball Facility
The Volleyball Facility is now beginning to collapse. The panels outside the facility are falling off.
Promotional banners still stand in stadiums like these.
32. Green Area
What once was an Olympic “green area” is now brown and deserted. A makeshift broom now lies on top of trash littered all over the “green area.”
Tourists now come to take photos next to the rings in the former “green area” from the Olympics.
Here is the abandoned BMX facility of the Beijing Olympics.
29. Parking Lot
This is former parking lot for the cycling stadium. Today it is used for driving tests.
28. Country Flags
The poles that once flew the flags of medal-winning Olympians are now empty.
27. Kayaking Facility
This is a photo of the sign to the Kayaking facility. As you can see, it’s now rusting and faded
26. Kayaking Venue
Here we see a security guard at the kayaking venue with a flat bicycle tire.
Athens held the 2005 Summer Olympics. To prepare the facilities, they went $15 billion over their budget.
24. The Podium
This is what their old podium looks like today.
23. The Facilities
Many of the facilities used in the Summer Olympics have now fallen into disuse after Greece shouldered all of the cost overruns.
22. Field Hockey
Here is the abandoned field hockey facility.
21. The Olympic Village
This is the Olympic Village. It is now abandoned and a dead bird lies on the ground.
20. Public Housing
The city of Athens wanted to turn the Olympic Village into public housing.
19. What Happened?
Unfortunately, the project fell through even after thousands of families applied to live there.
Although the tracks are in terrible shape, they are still used by some.
17. Seating Areas
Grass has taken over most of the seating areas.
Frogs have made some of the abandoned water facilities their home.
Stairs are now covered in rust.
Facilities are filled with pollution.
13. First Salt Water Kayak Facility
Athens was the first to fill a canoe and kayak facility with saltwater in Olympic History. All canoe and kayak facilities before Athens were filled with freshwater.
12. What’s Left?
Unfortunately, this is what’s left of the abandoned facility.
11. The Facility
The first saltwater canoe and kayak facility is now dry in patches. What once was a historical mark in Olympic history now lies in ruins.
10. The Pool
As you can see, the Olympic pool is quite filthy.
Graffiti has been sprayed everywhere.
8. Diving Center
The diving center to the Summer Olympics is now drained.
7. Volleyball Courts
What were once practice courts for beach volleyball are now growing wild with weeds.
6. The Volleyball Venue
Here we see the beach volleyball venue from a distance with graffiti painted on the walls.
Inside of the beach volleyball venue looks like an absolute nightmare.
The volleyball venue is now useless.
Weeds are growing everywhere throughout all of the outdoor Olympic facilities.
In 1996, the Summer Olympics were hosted by Atlanta. In 1997, the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was demolished. The baseball stadium was turned into 4,000 parking spaces.
1. The Cauldron
After Atlanta’s centennial Olympic Stadium was renamed Turner Field and repurposed for the Braves, the cauldron was moved from the stadium. It idly sits now overlooking a highway. They also plan to demolish Turner field in 2017.