Hunting Images of Stadiums Left To Rot
Great sporting events around the world are often tagged with stadiums where they are held. The condition of a stadium can either make or mar a sporting event, the reason why the best arenas are maintained to keep the fun. However, there are legendary stadiums that once represented the peak of sporting activities in their domain, but have now turned into a neglected facility. Some are left and forgotten with a saddening creepy sight. See the list of some famous arenas in the word; how they have undergone stunning transformations from relevance and fame to obscurity and dilapidation.
The Soviet Union and West Germany held their last games in Seoul, South Korea as the 1998 Olympics. Wanting to make history as the empire was dissolved, the Soviets highly dominated the games by a wide margin in the medal count. Also, the games marked the last time the USA basketball team was represented by amateurs exclusively. The sports complex in Seoul included a multipurpose stadium, a baseball park, among other important facilities.
The main construction of the athletics field and the baseball pitch started in May 1925, and it was opened for use on October 15, 1925. The sports facility held many of the 1988 games in Seoul South Korea. Many of the venues used for the games are still around and have been modernized. However, it is unfortunate that Dongdaemun Stadium is not one of them as it degenerated into a flea market and parking lot. The stadium was finally demolished in 2008 after many years of staying unused.
Rio de Janeiro was the first to hold the Olympics in the whole of South America. The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro was also the only time such a competition was held in the winter season of the host country. Digest that yet? It was also amazing to know that the Olympic games of Rio de Janeiro, were the second to be held in a developing country after that of Mexico City in 1968.
Building up to the tournament, a lot of people developed concern over the Zika virus epidemic and pollution found in Guanabara Bay. It was the place where many events held for the games in the country. Fortunately, there was nothing recorded of the virus during the event as major games enjoyed a smooth ride at the bay. Following the conclusion of the event, Brazil had seven gold medals, but the majority of the venues used were abandoned. The once famous Rio Olympics is suffering from such abandonment today.
The majority of Olympics stadiums of the 70s and 90s either suffered demolition or abandonment. For the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, the games were the most televised in the history of the Olympics. It also won the most decadent Olympics to date. Behind the beautiful facilities and glamorous venues, was the evil of blatant racism and anti-Semitism that raged the games.
Jesse Owens, an African-American led the games with four gold medals despite the display of racism in the games. The pre-World War II games saw Germany lead the event in the overall medal count while the United States came second on the list. Berlin Olympics marked the last games of the tournament until 1948 after World War II. The Berlin Olympics venue is yet to enjoy any popularity, ever since it held the politically motivated Olympics.
Tiger Stadium was constructed in the early 1920s, and it serves as the home to Detroit Tigers from 1912 to 1999. Between 1938 and 1974, the Lions called the stadium their home. The Detroit Tigers have been in search for the World Series victory since 1984. The facility suffered demolition in 2009, and their fans have been searching for the people responsible for the demotion.
The home to the Detroit Tigers was declared a State of Michigan Historic Site in 1975 and consequently added to the list of National Registers of Historic Places in 1989. One would have presumed this stadium will stand for years to come considering its protective designation. However, the hallowed ground was unable to avoid demolition in 2009. Before then, the tigers had moved to their current home- Comerica Park in 2000.
Athens Olympics Beach Volleyball
The Olympic of 2004 was a homecoming for Greece in a way, considering the whole Olympic idea spawned in the history of ancient Greece. The European elite competition, which was meant to be a joyous activity suddenly, became a recurring nightmare that the Greeks are yet to recover from. By and large, the 2004 Olympics were considered a success without the record of any negative event. However, major stadiums suffered abandonment after the event.
Greece was found in the 15th position in the overall medal count; it was a disappointing result for the host nation. Following the successful completion of the 2004 Olympics, the economy of Greece tanked, as a result, major venues that were built specifically for the games were abandoned. The Olympics Beach Volleyball site is an example of a venue that has been left in shamble after the major sporting event in Greece.
The 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China were the most expensive summer games of all time. It is also the second most expensive of all the Olympic games at that time. China enjoyed a great time as a result of the Olympics, which was considered a great success. A remarkable thing about the event is the quality of the venues and the facilities in them. The venues were specifically worked upon before the commencement of the games.
It seems the water and not air should have been the priority in the design of the venues. Like other Olympic host cities, it seems China followed the trend as major venues for the 2008 Summer Olympics was turned into unused concrete monuments. Some of these stadiums are now eyesores and a defunct castle in the city they belong to. The Shunyi canoeing and kayaking parks were left to decay after the county’s major sporting event.
Houston needed a hero; they got one in the monument of a dome stadium. The dome stadium was opened in 1965 and it attracted loads of fanfare. It was a hero to Houston as Astrodome earned them history as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”; a place it would rare occupy today. Artificial Turf gained early use in Astrodome, which was later tagged AstroTurf.
Just like Tiger Stadium, Astrodome found a spot in the records of National Register of Historic Places of the country in 2014. The wonder Dome Stadium of Houston today, largely remains unused and is found in a dilapidated state. When Hurricane Katrina raged the country, thousands of displaced persons from the South-east found shelter in the dome. Asides this event, the stadium has only remained a deserted place monument in Houston.
The place that once served as the track for the 1984 Winter Olympics is now a place where teens have a meet up for several illicit acts. The graffiti-covered walls of the 1984 games center, were once pristine slabs coated with a thin sheet of ice. Sarajevo, which was capital to the dissolved state of Yugoslavia, saw an Olympic that celebrated so many fireworks in a grand style.
ImageThe venue for the Sarajevo Olympics can be remembered for nothing besides the exciting games that once held there. The stadium has since been abandoned with walls covered with graffiti and overgrown vegetation. One would hardly agree if the stadium once held an important sporting event in the world. Asides the overgrown vegetation, what has become of the Sarajevo Olympics venue are bullet holes from the war that engulfed that once engulfed the region.
What would you say of this dome? Is it a military base in Siberia or a harbor in the outskirt of Seattle? Well, if your guess was the first option, you are a thousand miles far from getting it right. This dome is an exterior view of the famous Seattle’s kingdom, from the 1970s all through to 1999; it served as the home of the Seahawks and Mariners. Loved by many, the dome which was favorite to many wasn’t without its fair share of troubles that befall popular event place in the world.
A portion of the ceiling of Kingdome collapsed in 1994 during the pre-game warm-ups. Although there were no casualties, the incident was a pointer for the authority to approve funds to build new stadiums in the city. Kingdome has a special story, it wasn’t just abandoned, it suffered demotion on the 26th March 2000. The collapse of Kingdome ended the history of the once fancied venue that housed the Mariners.
The Lion’s had the Silverdome as the home to their events. Maybe their problems started from the horrendous Silverdome stadium and not from the field. One would hardly believe that the much-celebrated stadium, which opened with a grand celebration and fanfare in 1975, would finally be demolished. An architectural feat like Teflon-coated dome were the hallmarks of Silverdome as the largest stadium in NFL, at the time it was constructed.
Until 2001, the Lions were still using the venue for their sporting activities until part of it was demolished. It remained a desolate place whenever the Lion’s were off the pitch as its facilities continued to suffer degradation. After the Lion’s left the venue, the building was left unused for several years before the final crippling blows destroyed the remains of the standing dome.
Nansen Ski Jump
Milan, though scarcely populated with about a thousand people was the talk of New Hampshire State at the time Nansen Ski Jump was built. Thanks to the Nansen Ski Jump facility that attracted attention and Olympians from the cost to come train there. At the time of opening, the sports facility was the largest in the eastern part of the United States. Today, there is much a different story to the attraction the place once attracted.
Opened in 1936, the glory days of Nansen Ski Jump vanished as quickly as they appeared and by 1988, the facility degraded to a despicable state that no one used it again. Of recent, there were renovation and conservation projects to bring back the jump to a working state with some level of success. Currently, the place is operational but lacked the popularity it once had in the eastern part of the country.
The useful period of the Shea Stadium was between 1964 and 2008. The quirky stadium was home to the New York Mets, and it serves an iconic structure in MLB. It was one of its kinds in the region having orange foul poles and neon signage that were located throughout the concourses. The stadium was iconic and tagged with the rising apple event after the Mets home runs.
Although the iconic stadium is loved by fans, several factors including ownership and the need to align with modern trends and design of stadiums, led to the decision of leaving the stadium for a new one. After the relocation of the Mets to Citi Field in 2009, Shea was left dead and forgotten. Soon enough, the stadium was demolished, and this was a bitter pill for Mets die-hard fan of the stadium.
The glory of the Canes and Orange Bowl stadium is only a long-forgotten story today. What used to be the coveted Miami Hurricane program has suddenly fizzled out with no trace of the Canes again. Along the line, the Canes suffered a huge decline in popularity before finally going to obscurity. Many people had wished they got recruited for the program before it wined to a halt.
The Dolphins used the iconic venue until the end of the 1986 season while it housed the Hurricanes until the end of 2017 season. Today, the glory stadium that housed the Canes is no longer standing. Several parts of the structure were destroyed before the final demolition in May 2008. Miami orange bowl is one of the stadiums that once famed with a very despicable end.
Boothferry Park, the home to Hull City A.F.C from 1964 – 2002 is an example of a dumpsite. At the peak period of this stadium, it had a capacity of 16,000 people being the light towers in the Hull City of England. The old stadium lacked modern design, color, and luxury amenities remained unused for several years after Hull City A.F.C relocated to the Kingston Communications stadium.
After the relocation of Hull city, they allowed some commercial activities on the site due to financial constraints. The building was later abandoned and forgotten while vandals ransacked and graphitized the place to suit themselves. Part of the structure was demolished in 2008 more than five years after the last game held there. The grand opening of this stadium with about 20,000 people in attendance ended with an awful demolition.
What is more to say about the 2004 Olympics? Major venues were abandoned after the sporting event. The picture below is the Helliinikon Olympic Softball Stadium; it is located in the Hellinikon Olympic Complex in Athens. Here, the Softball competition held for the 2004 Summer Olympics. The stadium has seen some of the world’s greatest softball players who achieved the unimaginable feat in the game of softball.
Hellinikon Olympic Complex was completed in February 2004 and was officially launched in March 2004 for the Olympic Games. With 3, 400 seats and two warm-up fields, there has been no softball game played in the stadium since the completion of the 2004 summer Olympic Games. An attendant of the place once said, "The softball stadium is in perfect working order but not abandoned. It's just that nobody ever plays softball". Currently, it has fallen out of use, and it remained a desolate place.
Montreal Olympic Park
The home to a majority of the venues for the 1976 summer Olympics was majorly built for the sporting competition. Considered as a lackluster in the state, the 1976 Olympics held in Montreal saw the city burdened with debt after the major event. The games were characterized by less competition when compared to what it often enjoys due to the absence of many nations that boycotted the event.
Also, the Olympic Stadium in the neighborhood of the Montreal Olympic Park is an incredibly expensive multi-purpose stadium, yet highly dysfunctional. The picture of this stadium is visible in the background below adjacent that of the Montreal Olympic Park. Constructed in the 1970s, the over-budget facility meant to have a retractable roof is now a giant headache as the roof is turned out now. The largest stadium in Canada by sitting capacity is now underutilized though it was home to the Montreal’s professional baseball and football teams after the Olympics.
The eerie picture below shows the devastating effect of the Bosnian War of the mid -the 90s. This pitch that is currently field with gravestones in their hundred was once a filed used for the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics. The other image in the background is another interesting venue that will amaze you. Looking like it absorbed dozens of missiles, the venues was also one of the places that congregated the best athletes in the world.
There is nothing left of both venues that has a connection with the great Olympic games again. All we see of these facilities are the remains of the violence and death that engulfed the region a decade after the games were ended. The Soviet Union led all countries in the overall medal count with a frequency of 25 medals while Germany was on top for the gold medals.
Estadi de Sarrià
It may shock you to know that two teams in Barcelona played in the La Liga. Asides the popular F.C Barcelona where some of the greatest footballers have played, there is another team in Barcelona named RCD Espanyol. Well, this team may not be known because it has enjoyed no attention from Barcelona outside the support of its faithful diehard fans.
Currently, RCD Espanyol now plays their home games in RCDE stadium which opened in 2009. The picture above shows the pitch where they held their home games before their relocation. Between 1923 and 1997, Estadi de Sarrià was home to the RCD Espanyol, a team that has now vacated the facility due to a few reasons. The stadium was host to a few games; about five football games and the 1992 Summer Olympics. Today, much of the glory of the stadium is long gone as it stays abandoned.
Stone Mountain Tennis Center
Stone Mountain Tennis Center was a tennis facility at Stone Mountain Park in Georgia USA. The 12,000 capacity facility cost around $22 million. It was built to host the tennis events for the 1996 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. The problem this facility had was probably not capacity nor the quality of construction, its problem rooted in the fact that it was constructed in the heart of a baseball and basketball country.
The 1986 summer games ended successfully as the host country (USA) topped the medal count list for the first time since 1984. For the tennis center, several reconstruction projects were carried out to make the facility serve people better. The reconstruction gave the tennis additional 15 courts though at though with a much smaller capacity of 7,200 instead of 12,000. About 11 years after its debut in the Olympics, the tennis court has now fallen into a state of disrepair as its demotion took place in 2018.
The Giant stadium was opened in 1976, and it operated through to 2010. It served as the venue to major sporting events and concerts with a capacity of 80,242 people. Also, the facility was the home of both the New York Giants and New York Jet. Considered as a major success for the Giants, much cannot be said of the stadium for the Jets.
Several reconstruction projects took place in the facility to serve the teams that were to use the facility. During that period, both the Giants and Jets were playing in another facility. It took about eight years for the stadium to open again for sporting activities. Also hosting the New York Cosmos, the misery of the stadium started following the construction project of MetLife Stadium in the surrounding parking lot. The stadium was later demolished on August 10, 2010, a month after it held its last game.
Dubbed the ‘Madhouse’ by the Chicago faithful, the Chicago Stadium was home to the Chicago Blackhawks between 1929 and 1994 and the Chicago Bulls between 1967 and 1994. The rabid crowd that often fills the arena nightly inspired fans to nickname it the Madhouse. The indoor arena was opened in 1929 before its closing in 1994.
At the time it was built, the facility was the largest indoor arena in the world. It was also recorded as the first center with an air conditioning system, though fairly rudimentary by modern standard. The stadium was modeled from the earlier built Detroit’s Olympia stadium. The much-respected venue sat 17,317 people for hockey games at the time of closure and it held the second-largest crowd of an NHL game with a record of 20, 069 people in attendance. However, the stadium suffered demolition in 1995 after the construction of United Center.
Old Yankee Stadium
The original Yankee Stadium was the home of the ballpark of the New York Yankees. Located in the Bronx, a borough of the New York City, the stadium had a history with one of the best team which participated in the Major League Baseball (MLB). Old Yankee stadium hosted was in use between 1923 and 2008 hosting a whopping 6,581 Yankee regular games in its 85-years of existence.
Home to the popular team New York Giants between 1956 through to the first part of the 1973/74 football season, the stadium was dubbed "The House That Ruth Built". Ruth Babe was a superstar in baseball whose prime years was in the opening and glory days of the stadium. The stadium also witnessed the winning days of the Yankees. Due to ownership and management system, the original stadium closed shop in 2008 before its final demotion in 2010. Currently, the Heritage Park occupies where the Old Yankee stadium used to be.
What a beautiful shot. The picture below is the aerial view of the RFK Stadium, a monument in the Capital city of Washington. Originally the District of Columbia Stadium (from 1961-1969), the facility was renamed after Robert F. Kennedy as RFK stadium. Located about 3 miles from the United States capitol building, the facility was the stadium for the Redskins between 1961 and 1996 while national sporting events also held there between 2005 and 2007.
Though a fascinating architectural structure, the facility can be best described as average in terms of usage. Built for football events and baseball, the stadium wasn’t ideal for both sports. The seats for the baseball section were far from the pitch which made hitting home runs a difficult task for players. For football games, the stadium did not take after the traditional football stadiums; its upper deck is far from the pitch as well. Although still standing, the stadium does not have a permanent occupant as it is not being utilized.
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium was majorly an indoor arena which was opened on October 14, 1940. It hosted several teams which included the AHL’s Buffalo Bisons, the NHL’s Buffalo Braves, the MILL’s Buffalo Bandits, the second NPSL’s Buffalo Blizzard and the RHI’s Buffalo Stampede. Several renovations were done in the arena to accommodate basketball teams and entertainment events.
Musical shows and concerts like Ringling brother circus and Disney on Ice took place in the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The Buffalos could not win the Stanley cup even with the support of their home base fans. This led to the evacuation of some of the teams including the Sabres when Bizzard’s seasons ended. After the evacuation of the teams, the major part of the auditorium was vacant until its demolition by the city of Buffalo in 2009.
Maple Leaf Gardens
The Maple Leaf Gardens has always been a form of home to the League for National Hockey – Maple Leafs Toronto. This was from the year 1931 to about 1999 during which, about eleven Stanley cups were won by the Leafs. Within the years 1997 and 1999, this renowned stadium also served as a home for Toronto Raptors. The Maple leaf Gardens refuged them for about six games during which their initial home, was not available.
Some features of the stadium are remarkable. The stadium comfortably accommodates between15,000 - 16,000 people. Built some year back, the Maple Leaf stands to be primitive with the nature of the chairs for fans and obstruction of sight at some sections. Irrespective of these setbacks, the Maple Leaf Gardens enjoyed the advantage of the proximity of fans. It is one of the reasons the arena is often filled with people.
The early location of the Rubber Bowl stadium was in Akron in Ohio. This stadium has the reputation of being the choice stadium used by the Americans for playing American football. This was so from the time it was opened in 1940 till 2008. The rubber bowl stadium was also a useful venue for other events and concerts apart from football which was its major purpose. Some of the concerts include Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, etc.
The Rubber bowl was designed by the Osborn Engineering Company costing $546,000, which would probably amount to $9.76 million in 2018. At some point, the Rubber Bowl was acquired by Marketing Group Inc. This Inc. had the intention of renovating the bowl by updating the structure and making it a true home for football, at a pro-level. The stadium was finally condemned in 2017 and while its demotion was slated for 2018.
Green Point Stadium
This stadium was located in Cape Town of South Africa. Its primary purpose was basically for soccer. The Santos Football Club and the Ajax Cape Town football club had Green Point Stadium as their home. Green Point Stadium was also a very useful venue for concerts that drew important and popular personalities. These concerts held when there was no soccer match fixed for that period.
Although the Green point Stadium was at some point a useful home, it was demolished partially when the new Cape Town Stadium was to be built. This was because of the 2010 FIFA World Cup that was to be hosted by South Africa. The need for space and room for the initiated Cape Town Stadium was the reason for the demolition of the Green point Stadium. Since Green Point could only hold 18,000 people, a bigger capacity facility took its place.
Stand Athletic F.C.
Stadium Athletic F.C was used by Athletic football club. The club, in 2009 was dissolved after a long period of playing in the lower division of the English Football. From the initial plan as at then, one could hardly imagine the stadium standing in the distant future. This was because of some of its features; the stand could only hold about a hundred people for a game.
ImageThe fan base of the Stand Athletic F. C may not be happy with the state of their dissolved club. We don't know if the club had a large fan base or not; however, there would have been some passionate diehards when the club existed. The club would have been probably promoted to the top division if they had improved on their game. A little investment from the fans would have probably saved their club and stadium from demolition.
The Stadium Dziesieciolecia was located in Warsaw of Poland. It was known to be the largest stadium in Warsaw for so many decades. Being a renowned site and structure as a result of its advertised constructions, It became the principal location for big events, parties, festivities at the state level. As a result of the lack of funds for refurbishing, the once remarkable construction became a dilapidated structure.
Civic Arena Pittsburgh
The Civic Arena was initially called Civic Auditorium. Along the line between December 1999 and June 2010, the name Mellon Arena was adopted for it. The Stadium was owned by the Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Civic Arena was constructed sometime in the year 1961, and it was used as the backdrop for several Hollywood movies. Also, the facility was once the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins- the National Hockey League for the City.
The exact location of the Civic Arena was the 66 Mario Lemieux place in Pittsburgh of Pennsylvania. It has the reputation of being the first major sports venue with a retractable roof. The first roof opening of this massive structure was on the 4th of July in 1962. Although the roof dome was retractable, it was left permanently opened as a result of the cost implication of operating the hydraulic jacks that were used.
Old Wembley Stadium
The Old Wembley Stadium used to be the home of the National English Team. This was during the year 1923 to 2000. About the Old Wembley Stadium, the greatest player of soccer in the world (Pele), stated that it is the cathedral of football. He called it the capital of football and also referred to it as the heart of football. The Englands later foresaw that rejuvenating their national team would involve the construction of a new stadium.
The relocation of the national team of England to the New Wembley stadium left the Old Wembley Stadium abandoned. After this period, the stadium was no longer in use and soon became redundant. Much later, around 2002, the demolition of the stadium was initiated. Everything was demolished including the two towers that were white and seen below. The demolition, to a great extent, left many fans of the stadium in dismay.
The history of Chernobyl Stadium is not much of a sports record. Unlike so many other sports arenas and venues that were built for football at a professional level, the Chernobyl Stadium was rather built because the members of the community desired to watch and engage in sports. There was no plausibility that Pripyat (where the Chernobyl stadium is located) was going to ever have a professional team for the game of soccer.
Pripyat was not despised; it was not considered a place for Olympics sports, because of the nuclear catastrophe that once occurred in there. Even with the effort to build a stadium in Chernobyl, one compared to the size of one of the traditional high school stadium found in the United States; there was a total town evacuation. The total evacuation was due to the unfit habitation of the place as a result of Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe.
The Roman Coliseum is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. It used to be an arena for sports that is situated somewhere around the east of the forum of Rome. The construction of this arena dates back as far as AD 72 to AD 80. It is considered as one of the ancient monuments in Rome given its architectural design. The Roman Coliseum was built with the use of brick-faced concrete, travertine, etc.
The structure was modified during the reign of Domitian, it holds an estimated capacity of about 50,000 to about 80,000 people. Roman Coliseum was popular for when constructed for holding contests between gladiators and combat games. It was also used for public spectacles. During the early period of the medieval epoch, the Coliseum was no longer used for the purpose of entertainment. Other uses like housing, workshops, etc. were devised for it.
Miami Marine Stadium
This stadium was recorded to be the first stadium that was built for the specific purpose of racing with a powerboat. It was constructed sometime in 1963. The Miami Marine Stadium is cited and based in Miami in the United States. Recorded on the list of Historic Places on the National Register, the stadium is of historical value in the country. It has probably escaped demolition because of its place in the history books.
The Miami Marine Stadium gives a remarkable and unobstructed view of the downtown part of Miami. Although it is currently not as in its best state, some locals have taken it upon themselves to maintain it, at least, to leave it close to its original state. Before its present condition, the Miami Marine Stadium hosted many events where renowned artists and musicians performed.
A lot of stadiums that once hosted popular events like the Olympics are now abandoned or demolished. While some of the stadiums considered above cost a fortune to build, different factors had resulted in their abandonment or complete demolition. Some die-hard fans of popular stadiums and complexes that have suffered abandonment or demolition are still in complete shock why a once-celebrated arena is now desolate or made a dumpsite. What we know is that some of the stadiums that are in use now may be forgotten in the distant future, if a proper management plan is not implemented.