This month the world is celebrating Rio Olympics. This is the 31st summer Olympics. Everyone amazed to see the infrastructures in the Olympic venues. Billions of dollars were spent to build the infrastructures. But due to the lack of plan many venues remain unused, unmaintained and abandoned.
What happened to the venues after the Olympic flame is extinguished?
1936 Berlin Olympics was XI Olympiad which was known as notorious ‘Nazi Olympics’. In 1931, Berlin was selected to host 1936 Olympic. In that time Adolf Hitler was rising in the power. As soon as Berlin got the right, banners with Swastika hung beside the Olympic flag.
Today the 1936 Games village is totally abandoned and it has turned into ruins. The game village was located in Elstal (today part of Wustermark) and was designed by Werner and Walter March.
Mexico City, 1968
The XII version of Olympiad held Mexico City. Some venues of that place are totally deserted after the Olympic.
München Olympiastadion is the station which was built in the 1970 and opened on 26th May, 1972 for the 1972 Munich Olympics. The station is now no use and a deserted place. After the Olympic, the station was disconnected to the regular service network and the tracks were removed which leading to the station.
The XXII Olympiad in Moscow was the first Olympic which was held in Easter Europe. But after the Games the old Soviet venue was deserted.
Atlanta Olympics’ tennis court was at the Stone Mountain Tennis Centre. After the Olympic the permanent tennis facility built in a corner of Stone Mountain Park. But soon it was losing money and weeds growing in the outer courts.
The XXVIII Olympiad was held in Athens and the estimated cost was €9bn. A decade after the event many Olympic venues lay abandoned. The game became the source of anger amongst many Greeks as the country was facing six years recession, unemployment, poverty, homelessness and with many questions how the country has benefited from the multimillion dollar Games?
Beijing hosted 2008 Olympics. Since then many venues like beach volleyball, kayaking and some others have remained abandoned.
After the Olympic torch will go out from Rio let’s see what happened with the venues.