The entire world has been entranced by the recent Olympic games in Tokyo. With billions spent on the event, it’s easy to focus on the glamor and excitement that the games bring to their host cities. Host cities can enjoy increased tourism, new facilities and recognition from around the world – and you may assume that the benefits to the city would continue for many years.
In fact, many former Olympic sites have fallen into disrepair – abandoned and left to rot shortly after the closing of the games. Often the games leave behind devastating economic issues with cities unable to cope with the upkeep of new sports facilities. The specialty sites, in particular, the ones built for things like bobsledding and other less popular sports, are usually the first to go. Thankfully Tokyo has considered how the Olympic buildings can be repurposed this time around, with plans to convert the buildings into a culture centre, residential apartments, and a music venue.
Here are some eerie, scary images from former Olympic sites which have been left abandoned.
A view of the disused ski jump from the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics on Mount Igman, near Sarajevo, Bosnia
Ski Jump Tower, Cortina D’ampezzo, Italy, 1956 Winter Olympics Venue
Swimming Pool, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue
Beach Volleyball Venue, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics
Beibei, one of five mascots for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, lying amongst trees behind an abandoned, never-completed mall in Beijing
The Olympic aquatics stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Stade de Paris was actually in use from the close of the 1924 Olympics until 1999. However, it has been abandoned following storm damage.
The kayak circuit from the 2008 Beijing Olympics has been left to rot since the games ended. The abandoned location has become a popular spot for skateboarding.
After the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil games in the summer of 2016, the village built for the games quickly became a ghost town.