Ever Wondered What Happens To The Olympic Venues After The Games End?

The Olympic torch has gone out and the structure stands deserted now. Hosting the Olympics is a damn costly affair. Countries spend billions of dollars to build these stadiums but ever wondered what happens to  them once the game is over? We take you through some of the Olympic villages from the past to give you a perspective.

Olympic Village, Athens – 2004 summer Olympics

Greece had spent approximately €9bn for the 2004 Summer Olympics. The iconic venue is now a barren land. Also, the fact that Greece is going through an economic depression raises questions on whether spending this much was worth it?

According to a report by CNN, some parts of the village are now a home to refugees.

Beijing – 2008 summer Olympics

China spent close to $40B for the spectacle. Just like Chinese products, this stadium did not hold its value for long.

The once spectacular Bird’s nest.

The Rowing park with no signs of water!

The beach volleyball venue!

Sarajevo – 1984 winter Olympics!

Bosnia’s capital was a host to the 1984 winter Olympics and now is a haunted house.

This is the judges hut for the ski jump. Scary, right?

Once a Bobsleigh and Luge track, it was used as a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war in the early 1990s.

Another part of that track.

A Call of Duty Map in the making?

A silver lining though!

Amidst the ruins, there is one which stood the test of time. The Los Angeles Coliseum was the first venue to be used twice — in 1932 and 1984.

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