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Abandoned Stadiums That Will Haunt Your Tepid Soul

Forgotten and abandoned stadium

Left and forgotten, abandoned stadiums are a sad and creepy sight. Here are some of the spookiest abandoned stadiums and sports venues in the world today.

Tiger Stadium

The Detroit Tigers have been searching for a World Series victory since 1984. Their fans have also been searching for the people responsible for the demolition of Tiger Stadium. From 1912 through 1999, Tiger Stadium was home to the Detroit Tigers, and from 1938-1974 the Lions called Tiger Stadium home.

Tiger Stadium

In 1975, the site was declared a State of Michigan Historic Site, and in 1989 the hallowed grounds were added to the list of National Register of Historic Places. Despite these protective designations, Tiger Stadium was unable to avoid demolition, which took place in 2009. In 2000, the Tigers moved to their current home, Comerica Park.

Athens Olympics Beach Volleyball

The 2004 Olympics was a homecoming of sorts, considering the whole Olympic idea spawned in ancient Greece. What was supposed to be a joyous affair for the Greeks actually became a recurring nightmare that hasn’t fully been resolved. The 2004 games, by and large, were considered a success. The level of competition was fierce, the venues were nice, and no major negative events detracted from the athletes.

Athens Olympic Stadium

However, for Greece, they finished 15th place in the overall medal count, not the ideal number for the host nation. To boot, following the games their economy tanked. As a result, the vast majority of the venues built specifically for the games are now abandoned and in shambles.

Rio Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics, held in Rio de Janeiro, was the first time the Olympic Games were held in South America. They were also the only time a summer Olympics was held in the host country’s winter season. Digest that yet? Good. These games were also the second to be held in a developing country after the 1968 games in Mexico City.

Rio Olympic Pool

Leading up to the games, many people were concerned with the Zika virus epidemic and the pollution found in Guanabara Bay, where many events were held. Fortunately, nothing came of the virus and all aquatic events in the bay were smooth sailing. After the Olympics, which saw Brazil win seven gold medals, the vast majority of stadiums, venues, and courses were abandoned.

Beijing Olympics

By the looks of things, water quality, not air quality, should have been the main concern leading up to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The 2008 Olympics were the most expensive summer games of all time, and the second most expensive overall. Overall, the games were considered a success. One of those successes was the quality of the facilities that were erected in China prior to the Olympics.

Beijing Olympic Kayak Venue

However, like many other Olympic host cities, the venues, at the game’s conclusion, turned into unused concrete monoliths. Stadiums and arenas became eyesores that populated the city. One of those eyesores, which now looks more like a polluted moat guarding a defunct castle, was the Shunyi canoeing and kayaking park.


The city of Houston needed a hero, and they got one in the shape of a domed stadium. The Astrodome opened in 1965 to much fanfare. Dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Astrodome was an early adopter of artificial turf. The turf, later dubbed AstroTurf, was one of many quirky elements in the cavernous dome both the Astros and Oilers called home for decades.

Houston Astrodome

In 2014, the Astrodome was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Today, Houston’s most recognizable dome remains largely unused and exists in a partially decrepit state. During Hurricane Katrina, the Astrodome became a temporary shelter for thousands of displaced residents from the South East.

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