These Abandoned Stadiums Will Give You The Chills
Stadiums represent activity, they are the hubs of social gatherings where the most happening events take place. Be it sports or political events or even concerts. But the fact is, we only care about stadiums when they are in their glory days. Have you ever seen a stadium after it’s been abandoned? They look scary and eerie AF.Take a look at some of these stadiums that are past their glory days.
Tiger Stadium, home to the Detroit Tigers, has been long past it’s glory days, much like the itself. The Tigers haven’t won the world series since 1984. Having used this stadium as their home from 1912 through 1999, the Tigers moved to Comerica Park in 2000. In 2009, Tiger stadium was demolished.
Athens Olympics Beach Volleyball
In 2004, the Olympics completed a full circle, returning back to Athens, where the idea of Olympics was first born. While the event was a success overall, Greece did not fare too well, despite being the host nation. And to make things worse, Greece’s economy collapsed after the games.
The 2016 Olympics in Rio-de-Janiero were the first to take place in the continent of South America. They also were the first Summer Olympics to be held in the winters. Even though pollution and Zika virus threatened the Olympics, everything went on quite smoothly, with Brazil bagging 7 gold medals.
The Beijing Olympics of 2008 were a great success, despite there being concerns about the air quality in China. It was the most expensive Summer Olympics of all time. However, once the games were concluded, most of the stadiums become abandoned and are now eye sores for the commons.
In 1965, the city of Houston witnessed the emergence of Astrodome as one of the best stadiums all across the globe. It was one of the first stadiums to use the artificial turf, which later came to be known as Astroturf. Iconic as it was, today it remains abandoned.
The 1984 Winter Olympics were held in Sarajevo, capital of the then Yugoslavia. This was the home to Luge and Bobsled events. However, the region has been full of conflict and such stadiums now remain abandoned. However, they are rumored to be the home to teens indulging in illicit behavior.
This one is hard to tell whether it’s a stadium in Seattle or a naval base in some Balkan country. Home of the Seahawks and Mariners from the 1970s through 1999, this stadium had its fair share of controversy. This included a partial roof collapse during a pregame warm up. The stadium was demolished in 2000.
Once the biggest and most innovative stadium in the NFL, the Pontiac Silverdome was doomed, much like it’s namesake car brand. However, once the Lions left for Ford Field in 2001, the stadium became an abandoned eyesore. It was demolished in 2018.
Nansen Ski Jump
Milan, New Hampshire, with a population of meager 1000 is a fairly insignificant town. However, when the Nansen ski jump was opened in 1936, it was one of the most sought after places for Olympic aspirants for training, However, the glory didn’t last too long and by 1988, the ski jump was abandoned.
They New York Mets used the Shea stadium as their home till 2009. One of the most glorious stadiums in the MLB, the fans loved the stadium located in Queens. However, with a change in ownership and with a demand for some new technology, the Mets moved to Citi Field.
The Berlin Olympics, held in 1936, was the first Olympics to be televised. However, it took place at a time when the Nazi party was at the peak of its power. So the game was full of blatant racism and anti- Semitism. They were the last games to be held till 1948, after the end of the World War 2.
The Miami Hurricanes were one once the best team in the country and the Orange Bowl was their abode. However, their dominance didn’t last as long as they’d hoped. The Hurricanes left the stadium in 2007 after a stay of over 3 decades. The stadium was demolished in 2008.
Home to Hull City AFC from 1946 to 2000, Boothferry Park wasn’t the best looking stadiums in England. It could seat up to 16000 spectators, but it never could be considered too fancy. Combine the perpetually bleak, gray skies of England with the old stadium design that lacked color, personality, and any luxury amenities and you have Boothferry Park. In 2011, the stadium was demolished.
This scary image of the Sarajevo Olympics stadium shows just how devastating the Bosnian war in the 1990s was. Once a part of the 1984 Olympics, this field is now home to hundreds of gravestones. The stands in backgrounds look like they have been destroyed brutally by missile attacks. The stadium is not a memento of the destruction that was caused by political conflicts a decade after the war. East Germany led the 1984 Games with nine gold medals while the Soviet Union led all countries in the overall medal count with 25.
The 1988 Olympics games held in Seoul, South Korea, were the last games where East Germany and the Soviet Union participated in. The Soviets dominated the games and left a huge mark on the history of the Olympics. Several venues that were used during the games have been modernized, Dongdaemun Stadium has been left neglected. After being used as a flea market and a parking lot for years, the stadium was demolished in 2008.