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20 Abandoned Stadiums By Owners Left To Rot

Abandoned Stadiums are a creepy and sad sight that makes you always take a second look. Once the place for people and vivid events are not objects with naked walls and forgotten stories. Each abandoned stadium comes with a strong story that led to today’s sadness in the places.

From Brazil, over the States all the way to Athens, we have gathered top 20 spookiest abandoned stadiums of today. Maybe they are abandoned, but they are not forgotten. Discover why these places closed their doors forever.

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1. Rio Olympics

Summer of 2016 was major for Rio de Janeiro. It was the first time the Olympic Games were held in South America. Moreover, these games were second to be held in a developing country, since the games in Mexico City in 1968.

At the same time, the hype about Games was overshadowed by Zika virus epidemic and massive pollution found in Guanabara Bay. Luckily, everything went smoothly. Once the Olympics were gone, seven medals remained in Brazil, together with stadiums, venues, and terrains that were abandoned.

2. Tiger Stadium

Tiger Stadium was home to the Detroit Tigers from 1912 until 1999. The stadium was even home to the Lions from 1938-1974. At one moment, Tiger Stadium was brutally demolished and fans were involved in searching for the one that did it.

The stadium was declared a State of Michigan Historic Site back in 1975. In addition, it was added to the list of National Register of Historic Places back in 1989. Despite these efforts, Tiger Stadium was unable to avoid scheduled demolition in 2009. Comerica Park is currently home to the Tigers, since 2000.

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3. Beijing Olympics

Beijing Olympics were the second most expensive Olympics ever. They were held back in 2008 and the quality of the facilities made people overlook concerns around air quality and water quality. Regardless, the Games were a great success.

But, as many other Olympic host cities, as soon as the games were over, the place was turned into ghost area. These objects are now one of the biggest eyesores in the city.

4. Athens Olympics Beach Volleyball

Athens was home for the 2004 Olympics. There is a certain link between the Olympics and Greece, so seeing the Games there was normal. Overall, the Games were a huge success. But, was it a success for Greece, as well?

For Greece, these games were kind of a nightmare that still has its traces. Greece finished 15th in the overall medal count, while the following year the country suffered enormously due to the hard economic crisis. As a result, venues are abandoned and most hated.

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5. Astrodome

Houston is a proud home of ‘Eight Wonder of the World’ simply named Astrodome. Astrodome was opened back in 1965. Due to its unconventional elements, it was called AstroTurf. The Turf was home for Oilers and Astros for years.

Since 2014, Astrodome is a part of the National Register of Historic Places. Today, most famous Houston’s objects remain abandoned, unused and in a horrible state. During infamous Hurricane Katrina, the object was a temporary shelter for thousands of displaced residents from the South East.

6. Kingdome

Since the 1970s through 1999 Seattle based object – Kingdome, was the home both of Mariners and Seahawks. Kingdome comes with a peculiar exterior that can leave you without breath for its beauty, and speechless due to its share of problems.

The downfall started in 1994 when a portion of the ceiling collapsed during the Mariners’ pre-game warm-ups. This almost-disaster, together with a set of other lesser incidents, was the final call for the city to approve funding new stadiums. Kingdome was demolished on March 26, in 2000.

7. Sarajevo Olympics

Well, this one comes with a colossal surrounding story. Sarajevo was the host of Winter Olympics back in 1984. Games were successful but they went by without too many pomps. What followed was colossal.

Soon after the Winter Olympics war started leaving the country dealing with other issues, then empty lanes. Ever since the War objects are covered in graffiti and in bullet holes. Nowadays the area serves as a tourists attraction.

8. Silverdome

Detroit’s Pontiac Silverdome opened in 1975, to much pomp. At the time Silverdome was the largest stadium in the NFL. But, not even its size or Teflon-coated dome could save Silverdome from being doomed.

Until 2001 Silverdome served as Lion’s place. But once the Lions left for Ford Field, the stadium remained mostly deserted and unused. In 2017, the stadium was demolished and in 2018 the final strike brought down the remaining parts of the dome.

9. Shea Stadium

From 1964 until 2008 Shea Stadium was the beloved home for the New York Mets. This iconic Queens-based stadium was known for its rising apple after Mets home runs. Moreover, it had orange foul poles, the only of its kind in MLB. So, what led to the catastrophic end of this stadium?

Ten years ago, back in 2009, the Mets moved. They went from Shea Stadium to Citi Field. Although Shea was a fan-favorite stadium, some changes in standards lead to more modern trends, that eventually led to a need of new stadium. By the end of 2009 Shea stadium was completely destroyed.

10. Giants Stadium

New York Giants and the Jets ruled this place from 1976 until 2010. This was home to great success for the Giants. For the Jets, not so much. It has been like that for decades. Therefore, some changes had to be made.

Top level management believed that a change of scenery would spice up things a little bit. So, a new stadium was built just 20 feet away. But it wasn’t the case. Ever since Jets/Giants moved to MetLife Stadium in 2010, the Giants won the Super Bowl. That wasn’t the case with the Jets. By the end of 2010, Giants Stadium was demolished and has since become a parking lot.

11. Nansen Ski Jump

There is a city of about 1,000 people in a city Milan, New Hampshire. If there wasn’t for Nansen Ski Jump, this town would be just s spot on the map. However, there was a time when Milan was the talk of the region, back in 1936. Simply said, this was the place where Olympians from the east coast would train.

Unfortunately, the game went as it came, and by 1988 the jump was officially off the use. However, there are plans to renew the jump. So, today jump still stands and its managed by the state.

12. Berlin Olympics

These were the first games Games to be aired on television. At the time they were considered the most decadent Olympics to date. At the same time, these Games were based on pre-war Germany values, shameless racism, and anti-semitism.

Despite the apparent racism, African-American athlete Jesse Owens led the games with four gold medals. When it comes to overall medals Germany was first. The States were following Germany.

13. Orange Bowl

The Miami Orange Bows was known as the home of the Dolphins until 1986. In addition, it was a home of Miami Hurricanes. So what happened?

Orange Bowl was home both to Dolphins and Hurricanes. Unfortunately, demolition of the stadium concluded in May of 2008.

14. Olympic Park Montreal

Montreal was the host of the Summer Olympics in 1976. Back then games were considered to be dull. In addition, the city of Montreal was strapped with debt for decades. In addition, the games were boycotted by numerous dozens of nation,.

The stadium was over the budget and it was planned to have a retractable roof. But the roof never fully worked and it gave nothing but an ascendancy.

15. Dongdaemun Stadium

The 19988 Olympics were held in Seoul, South Korea when the Soviet Union and East Germany played for the last time. Soviets wanted to go with the bang, so they dominated the medal count.

Many of the original venues were modernized. Unfortunately, Dongdaemun Stadium wasn’t one of them. The stadium was opened in 1925, and in 2008 closed its door to approximately 23,000 people. Preceding demolition, the stadium was mostly used as a parking lot and a flea market.

16. Chicago Stadium

Chicago gave us so much to be proud of. ‘Chicago faithful’ or better known ‘The Madhouse on Madison’ was one of the reasons to be proud of being a part of this city. This arena was home to Chicago Bulls from 1967-1994. Moreover, it was home to Chicago Blackhawks from 1929-1994. So, where is it today?

Back in 1995, this arena was completely demolished. Luckily for Chicago, the Chicago Bulls success transitioned with them to their new home, the United Center.

17. Chernobyl Stadium

You are probably familiar with this place due to its sad history. But did you know that the inhabitants of Pripyat were passionate soccer players? There were not preparing for the Olympics, but they had to own their own stadium to watch sports.

The community of Pripyat built the stadium, but unfortunately, they couldn’t use it for a long period of time. The entire city was evacuated after nuclear reactors at Chernobyl went off. This was the crisis of an international level. Today this is a real ghost town.

18. Old Wembley Stadium

Wembley served as the home for the English National Team all the way from 1923 until 2000. Also, it was the biggest stadium in England. As one of the oldest stadiums, it was dated and it lacking in modern amenities. And England wanted their team back on track.

The national team moved to the new Wembley Stadium, just two years before the first stadium was demolished. The old stadium was demolished in 2002. Not even its unique design couldn’t be saved from being destroyed.

19. Civic Arena Pittsburgh

Civic Arena Pittsburgh is also known as Mellon Arena due to its specific design. Mellon Arena was the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1967-2010. Thanks to its igloo-shape it became instantly famous. It also had many problems.

Due to a set of problems operators closed the dome by 1195, partially. By 2001 the dome was permanently shut. Although this construction was loved by citizens of Pittsburgh it couldn’t be saved. Therefore, the demolition was completed in 2012, despite the protests.

20. Roman Colosseum

Yes, it’s abandoned for centuries but it doesn’t make it less interesting. Roman Colosseum served as a sport arena for gladiators and their opponents. Originally, it was built to gather people to watch death fights.

What is more interesting about this colossal building is the fact that we don’t how they did it! Today, much of the structure has been destroyed, but the remaining parts are a testament of this superb building technique!

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  • Francis Castellanos

    I’ve been to a lot of these when I was younger. Sad to know they are all completely demolished. So many memories.

  • Samuel Sims

    The Old Wembley was a seriously important part of English Football History. Could never get completely used to the new one.

  • Antonio

    I miss the Giants Stadium. Was my favorite!

  • Joel L. Little

    I remember my late dad bringing me to watch the game at the Kingdome when I was a kid. Seeing it get demolished broke my heart.

  • melissashake

    I will never forget Tiger Stadium and what it meant to us

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