An empty space is quite the visual – that’s especially true for a sports arena. It is an eerie visual when fans don’t fill up the seats, even if it isn’t abandoned. In this article, however, we’ll take a look at the stadiums from around the world that didn’t hold up throughout the years – these stadiums serve as a chilling reminder that a once booming spot can also lay in ruins within a couple of years and in some case months...
We’ll take a look at various soccer stadiums over in Europe, huge stadiums in the US and various Olympic venues that were brushed aside following the games. Believe it or not, we’ll also feature a stadium from the Pyeongchang games.
Enjoy the article folks, let’s get started!
19 The Astrodome
Another iconic arena, The Astrodome hosted prestigious events like WrestleMania X-Seven, a WWE PPV that is considered the greatest in Vince McMahon’s company’s history.
That might’ve been the final hurrah for the stadium as it struggled during the ‘90s and would not survive in the 2000s. Clearly, keeping up with the maintenance of such a structure was an arduous task.
18 Athens Volleyball Court
You won’t see anyone playing on this sand any longer. An Olympic stadium getting completely abandoned is sadly more common than most realize – we’ll feature a slew of other venues throughout the article.
This one did its time more than a decade ago in 2004 – today, it stands there, just barely as Mother Nature clearly took over.
17 North Wilkesboro Speedway
Yes, even NASCAR Speedways tend to be forgotten about once they serve their time. We can safely say that’s the case with this track, opening up way back in the mid-1940s.
It was a spacious venue that had the capacity to fit 40,000 race fans. It closed for good back in May of 2011.
16 Brno Soccer Stadium
Outdoor stadiums don’t age well, particularly soccer stadiums which are covered in land. Maintenance is constantly required in order to make things run smoothly. Letting go can basically result in the death of an area, similar to Brno, a venue located in the Czech Republic.
It won’t see any soccer games – instead, it serves as a chilling reminder that soccer parks don’t always last.
15 Atlanta’s Olympic Stadium
Alonzo Herndon Stadium served the Olympic Games back in 1996 when Atlanta played the role of host. It was a smaller venue with a capacity of just over 15,000. It primarily hosted field hockey during the Olympics.
It isn’t hosting anything today and according to MSN, the building continues to stand it complete ruins nowadays.
14 Miami Marine Stadium
Located in Miami, Florida, the stadium played host to powerboat racing back in the day. It first opened in 1963, though sadly, the concept wouldn’t last. By 1992, the stadium had already closed down.
As if that wasn’t hard enough to digest, most of the near 7,000 seats are completely covered in graffiti.
13 Baseball In Nashville
Herschel Greer Stadium just wouldn’t go out... at least throughout the ‘80s, ‘90s and some of the 2000s. It was constantly renovated and salvaged by the community, up until 2009.
Despite the expansions and renovations, it finally shut in 2014. It was recently demolished this year with Mother Nature ruining the 15,000 seat stadium.
12 Avanhard Stadium of Pripyat
Pripyat is an area we wouldn’t want to visit – only the brave would even consider these areas over in Ukraine, which was completely damaged because of the Chernobyl disaster.
The result is eerie places like this arena along with deserted amusement parks. It looks like a great place to shoot a horror flick today – but even that is a stretch given the dangerous conditions.
11 Olympic Arena In Beijing
A decade ago, Beijing put a lot of money into the games, one that set the area back in truth. That’s the reality of the games, at times it can have more harm than good on an economy.
Take Montreal as another example, the Olympic Stadium continues to serve as a complete liability and one nobody wants to visit – similar to this unmaintained Beijing venue.
10 Lockhart Stadium, Florida
A soccer stadium, this picture above looks like a dream for either an artist or just someone that loves an abandoned visual.
Take in this image because it looks like the park will undergo some serious renovations in the future. It is one of the few stadiums in the list that will actually get resurrected.
9 Rio Olympic Stadium
It is hard to believe that just a couple of years ago in 2016, this stadium was a booming one filled with enthusiasm and tourists.
This has become a sad reality far too often – with the games done and dusted, the same tends the hold true for the arena’s future.
8 UD Las Palmas
Even the most enthusiastic soccer fans might be inclined to turn down an invite to play at this abandoned setting over in Spain. Soccer stadiums tend to be common over in Europe, that’s especially true in Spain.
At the very least, this Las Palmas venue is a lot smaller than a typical soccer venue.
7 Busch Stadium
It finally closed in the fall of 2005 – not bad for an arena that was built in the 1960s. Its biggest purpose back in its heyday was anything baseball-related.
Today, the seats are rusty, though it would be a cool experience the visit the abandoned arena that holds so much history.
6 Athens Baseball Stadium
We’re not surprised that a baseball venue didn’t last and would go abandoned following the Olympic Games in Athens. Perhaps a basketball court outdoor could’ve been a better plan giving the booming nature of the sport in the area.
Baseball didn’t catch on and the arena is a harsh reminder of that.
5 Lluís Sitjar Stadium
Located in Mallorca, Spain, this stadium definitely aged badly with graffiti taking over, not to mention the seating area completely and utterly destroyed.
It held 18,000 back in its prime, primarily used for soccer. It closed in 2007 and was demolished seven years later in the fall of 2014.
4 Fort Lauderdale Stadium
We’ve seen this time and time again – the image above is a stern warning at what can take place when someone invests in a sports project in the area. Florida has several failed sports teams and venues throughout its massive area.
This baseball stadium is one of the many examples, with earth and trees completely taking over the inside.
3 Maracana Stadium
It isn’t in the worst condition, especially compared to some of the others on the list. However, it might only worsen over time, especially considering that this is an outdoor arena.
Without proper care, the sunlight can cause damage while Mother Nature can also run its course.
2 Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium
That’s right, according to CBC last fall, plans to destroy the venues were already in place. Once the Olympic Games ended, the same booming village turned into an absolute ghost town with none of the tourists deciding to stay or heck even revisit.
Given the current conditions, we really can blame anyone for staying away.
1 Pontiac Silverdome
Demolishing this stadium wasn’t the easiest task and in fact, it took more than a couple of attempts.
During its final days, the stadium just stuck around in complete ruins – a chilling visual to say the least for a stadium that was once considered among the elite in the US. Who can forget WrestleMania III taking place at the stadium with a record-breaking crowd at the time of over 93,000 fans!
Sources – CBC, Flickr, Pinterest & CNN