PHOTOS: The Abandoned Venues From The 2004 Athens Olympics

  • metta

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    Aug 21, 2012 7:54 AM GMT
    PHOTOS: The Abandoned Venues From The 2004 Athens Olympics


    http://www.businessinsider.com/2004-athens-olympics-venues-abandoned-today-photos-2012-8#the-diving-well-at-the-aquatics-center-drained-of-water-1
  • Laurence

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    Aug 21, 2012 11:46 AM GMT
    Oh dear.

    Such a shame, as there are some great buildings there.

    Hopefully the UK have done work to avoid this.

    Loz
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    Aug 21, 2012 1:22 PM GMT
    Well, they are kinda used to ruins...

    The folks who put Atlanta '96 together did a pretty decent job using existing facilities and thinking ahead on the reuse or re-purposing of new venues. Not perfect but immeasurably better than this here. I wonder how Sydney is making out from '00.
  • galant506

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    Aug 21, 2012 1:44 PM GMT
    dayumm saidThe folks who put Atlanta '96 together did a pretty decent job using existing facilities and thinking ahead on the reuse or re-purposing of new venues. Not perfect but immeasurably better than this here. I wonder how Sydney is making out from '00.


    Sydney's venues are all in regular use. The Ahletes village apartments were snapped up as private housing and all the sporting venues are in constant use by sports clubs or for special events. The general area has actually expanded slightly with several semi-highrise apartments and offices gone up in the area. A few hotels and resturants that opened for the Olympics are still running too.
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    Aug 21, 2012 1:52 PM GMT
    galant506 said
    dayumm saidThe folks who put Atlanta '96 together did a pretty decent job using existing facilities and thinking ahead on the reuse or re-purposing of new venues. Not perfect but immeasurably better than this here. I wonder how Sydney is making out from '00.


    Sydney's venues are all in regular use. The Ahletes village apartments were snapped up as private housing and all the sporting venues are in constant use by sports clubs or for special events. The general area has actually expanded slightly with several semi-highrise apartments and offices gone up in the area. A few hotels and resturants that opened for the Olympics are still running too.


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  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 21, 2012 1:59 PM GMT
    Checkout this amazing WATER TOWER designed to welcome the world to Rio in 2016...

    riotower1.jpg


    see more images here...


    http://www.snopes.com/photos/architecture/solartower.asp
  • tazzari

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    Aug 21, 2012 5:26 PM GMT
    It tends to be that way every time, in spite of all the talk about "legacy" used to promote the Olympics. I went back to the Nordic venue two years after the '92 Olympics, and the place looked like something after a war had wiped humanity out: broken windows in the press building, doors hanging off the hinges...

    Someday they need to reconsider the idea of a permanent international venue(s) with cost shared among participating countries. This might also take a little of the overt nationalism out of the Olympics and focus it back on that forgotten but, let's face it - useful group: the athletes.

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    Aug 21, 2012 5:39 PM GMT
    In 1978-80 I sometimes swam in an indoor training pool built for the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which obviously had survived the war. It was notable for a glass strip running along the pool bottom, and beneath it was a tunnel in which coaches could walk along and observe the swimmers above to better analyze their stroke. Very advanced in the 1930s. It was also notable to me that men could use it nude at certain times, as my ex-wife discovered to her amusement on one occasion. icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 21, 2012 5:50 PM GMT
    Well, Greece has been having a lot of financial issues. I don't think the Olympic venues are the only ones suffering neglect there right now.