The 2020 Summer Olympics will kick off on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo.
Sometimes cities are able to successfully reuse parts of their Olympic facilities, as in Montreal.
But often these giant investments are demolished or abandoned – like in these photos.
There are still vestiges of the 1936 Games in Berlin, almost 90 years later.
It used to be a bathroom.
The Olympic Village is still standing, almost intact.
“A German real estate developer called Terraplan is constructing and renovating buildings on much of the former Olympic Village site in what local authorities hope will be the first phase of investor engagement in developing the entire site,” according to Getty.
The 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, took place less than a decade before the Bosnian War.
Yugoslavia is now divided into Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia.
The city was under siege, and although it had largely recovered in the years since its demise, many Olympic venues, like this ski jumping hill, were left to the elements.
Sarajevo itself is part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Kosovo stadium, where the opening ceremony took place, is now owned by the dogs.
Technically, however, FK Sarajevo rents the stadium from April 2021.
The bobsleigh course on Mount Trebević is totally overgrown and covered in graffiti.
however, the city repaired the cable car, which makes it again a tourist destination.
Occasionally it is used by brave BMX riders.
They are definitely brave.
The 1996 Summer Olympics were held in Atlanta. After the games, they demolished the old Atlanta-Fulton County stadium, where the Braves had played since 1966.
The team moved to the newly constructed Centennial Olympic Stadium, which is now known as Turner Field.
The Centennial Olympic Park, the site of the infamous bombing that marred the 1996 Games, is still in use today.
The film “Richard Jewell” deals with the after-effects.
The Fountain of the Rings is a popular place to cool off and splash around.
Athens exceeded its planned budget of $ 1.6 billion for the 2004 Summer Olympics by almost $ 15 billion.
The Greek government had to pay for everything and unfortunately most of the buildings, stadiums and courses just weren’t useful after games.
The pool is full of foul water and begins to collapse.
The pool collapses.
These huge abandoned investments must have been particularly painful in light of the financial crisis in Greece.
A training pool at the Aquatic Center was emptied.
Of course, the money was not going to renovate abandoned buildings.
“Welcome to the house.”
No one plays baseball in Athens.
A worker told the London Evening Standard in 2012 that it’s not technically abandoned, it’s just that no one ever plays softball.
The beach volleyball court is eaten up by weeds.
Beijing’s National Stadium, built for the 2008 Summer Olympics, often struggles to find events that come close to its 80,000 seats.
However, it will be used again for the 2022 Olympics.
The kayak facility is not widely used.
The rowing facility is largely ignored.
Many sites, such as the beach volleyball court, are simply closed to the public.
Half of the Beijing National Aquatic Center was finally renovated and turned into a water park.
It reopened in 2010.
Here is an abandoned Beibei, one of the Beijing Olympic mascots.
Beijing will reuse the national stadium for the 2022 Winter Olympics, which they are hosting.
It will be the first stadium to host the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer, Winter and Paralympic Games.
London hosted the Summer Olympics in 2012.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was fully open to the public in 2014 after extensive renovations. The rings are one of the few visual cues that remind visitors of the origins of the park.
The park and surrounding buildings have helped rejuvenate the city’s East End.
A new district called International Quarter London has sprung up next door.
The Olympic Village, where the athletes stayed, has been transformed into apartments.
It’s called East Village.
The Olympic Stadium was renovated and became the new home of West Ham United Football Club in 2016.
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have also played there.
The 2014 Winter Olympics were held in Russia’s largest resort city, Sochi.
These are the most expensive games in history, costing the Russian government $ 50 billion.
The Fisht Stadium was originally a dome, but was converted to an open-air stadium for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Sochi was just one of many cities to host matches during the World Cup.
But the rest of the structures were hardly touched, like these stepping stones in Estosadok.
There is no one to see.
The last Summer Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the summer of 2016. In five years, venues like this aquatic stadium have become a ghost town.
Hopefully this year’s facilities in Tokyo will have better luck.
The Maracanã Stadium was renovated for the Olympics, but has largely been abandoned.
This year’s Copa America finals will take place there.
Vandals stole seats and televisions.
Part has since been restored.
Parts of the Olympic complex became hazardous to health after their destruction, such as the Rio Media Center.
Seen here in November 2016.
The site remained intact for months – six months after the closing ceremony, the waste from the Games was still visible.
Also in November 2016.
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