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Olympic Cities After The Games

Sun Aug 15, 2004 11:39 pm

I was wondering what happens to Olympic facilities after the Olympic games are over.

I can imagine that the athlete's village is turned into some sort of condo/hotel/apartment, but what about say the indoor cycling venue, the gymnastics venue etc.

Do most cities see a bit of a rise in athletic participation, or do most of the facilities end up going to waste?

I would be especially interested to hear about the Sarajevo'84 aftermath.

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RE: Olympic Cities After The Games

Sun Aug 15, 2004 11:44 pm

Of the two Olympic villages I have been to, Barcelona seemed to just let some of it go to waste. The areas where the swimming events were held were just big pools of green water and it didn't look like they had been used for a while. I am sure they would use the stadiums and other venues because they would have spent so much money on it.

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RE: Olympic Cities After The Games

Sun Aug 15, 2004 11:48 pm

Sorry mate, Madrid has never held the olympics, what are you smokin' ?

Generally speaking, I think most cities are mad to actually want to host the olympics. Nothing but grief, broken promises and badly thought-out public boon-doggles.
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RE: Olympic Cities After The Games

Mon Aug 16, 2004 12:13 am

Shit, I meant Barcelona. My bad.
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RE: Olympic Cities After The Games

Mon Aug 16, 2004 1:01 am

Here's a rundown of Atlanta after the 1996 Summer Olympics:

Olympic Stadium was converted into Turner Field (The stadium was designed with the post Olympic conversion in mind. Many of the sections removed found new homes in the Atlanta area as the seating sections at a number of high school stadiums.)

The Olympic Village is now dorms for Georgia Tech and Georgia State University.

Fulton County Stadium (baseball venue) was torn down to become a parking lot for Turner Field.

The Omni was torn down and replaced with Philips Arena

Of the Olympic venues @ Stone Mountain Park, the Tennis Center is the only venue still there, as the other venues were designed to be temporary setups.

The Aquatics Center @ Georgia Tech has been remodeled, with the entire building enclosed, and some additional facilities integrated into the building.

The canoeing and rowing venue @ Lake Lanier is in use after being shuttered for a few years after the games.

The Olympic shooting venue @ Wolf Creek is in limbo, as Fulton County had shuttered the facility due to budget cuts, but there are plans to turn it into a law enforcement training facility.

The beach volleyball venue @ Clayton County International Park is still there, but hasn't been used. Some taxpayers here in Clayton County are still critical of the county's decision to buy the park prior to the Games, as the facility has not made enough money to justify the purchase.

Many of the venues that were existing prior to the Olympics (Georgia Dome, Alexander Memorial Colosseum, GA World Congress Center, Sanford Stadium, Herndon Stadium) are still around, some have had some modifications and additions, but are still in use.
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RE: Olympic Cities After The Games

Mon Aug 16, 2004 4:44 pm

Many of the Los Angeles 1984 venues are still here. The reason for this is because for the Olympics, they used many facilities that were already there, such as the Colliseum in LA, the Sports Arena, and Santa Anita park in my home city, Arcadia. All of those are still here.

I also went to the site of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Stadium Australia had part of the extending stands removed and was downgraded from 125,000 seats to 70,000 or something. I believe they use it for various sporting events such as rugby. The aquatics center was being used when I was there, and looked like it was a "public pool".

But yes, it is remarkable that they spend billions and billions to build these first rate facilities, and then.... their purpose is done in a matter of 2 weeks!
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RE: Olympic Cities After The Games

Tue Aug 17, 2004 12:54 am

Olympic Stadium (yuck) , built for the 1976 Olympics, still houses the Montreal Expos baseball least it does for another 45 days or so.

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RE: Olympic Cities After The Games

Tue Aug 17, 2004 1:00 am

Good stuff, I've wondered this as well.

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RE: Olympic Cities After The Games

Tue Aug 17, 2004 5:59 pm

Munich has made quite a lot of the 1972 Olympic venues. The Olympic Stadium is home to the FC Bayern Munich (they will move to the new Allianz Arena in 2005). A lot of open air concerts are hosted in the Olympic Stadium in summer, whereas the Olympic hall is used for concerts and various other events all year round. The Olympic Village was turned into housing. The flat where the Israeli team was kept hostage during the 1972 Games is now a guest flat for the Max-Planck-Institute. The Olympic Park is very popular for taking a walk or run. The swimming and cycling halls are also still used regularly. A train station for S-Bahns was not utilised after the games and is just sitting around and rotting.

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RE: Olympic Cities After The Games

Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:46 pm

Stadium Australia (or Homebush) was downgraded from 110,000 to 80,000. It is now used for Rugby and Rugby league matches which attract full crowds (rugby anyway) so it is not really gone to waste. However, the Sydney Football stadium near by is like a secondary stadium and houses smaller teams such as state and non international teams, that stadium (holds about 40,000-50,000 approx) in my opinion has gone to waste.
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RE: Olympic Cities After The Games

Tue Aug 17, 2004 10:57 pm

All I know of about the Salt Lake City 2002 winter games is Delta Center is still there.

Barcelona did hold the Summer Olympics the last year the Winter ones were held the same year. They transported some bleechers from Albertville France. I think that was 1992.

Re: Montreal:

The Expos moving? Yeah, right. The board has yet to make a decision. They put it off for another three months all the time. *sigh* Do we care anymore?

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RE: Olympic Cities After The Games

Wed Aug 18, 2004 12:16 am

I don't believe that SLC had to build much in the way of infrastructure, or at least, not nearly as much as other hosts. For one, the winter olympics require less physical facilities and more of a reliance on natural terrain (ie mountains for skiing), and when physical adjustsments are made to the natural terrain, such as carving out a ski run or cross country park, they often remain in place for public use afterwards. Also, SLC already had the Delta Center and two rinks that were suitable for the olympic hockey competition, and since short track speed skating uses the same surface as the figure skaters, there is no need to build a dedicated short track facility. I do believe though that the facility for bobsled/luge and the long track speed skating was newly built.
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RE: Olympic Cities After The Games

Fri Aug 20, 2004 12:17 pm

From Sydney's point of view yep some of the large stadiums were decreased in size but the only one that I am aware of that was removed was the temp one errected on Bondi for the beach volleyball. As far as I am aware all other venues are still in use.

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RE: Olympic Cities After The Games

Fri Aug 20, 2004 2:57 pm

Stadium Australia, or Telstra Stadium as its now known can also be used for AFL and Cricket as well as Rugby Union, Leauge and Soccer as seats can be extended and retracted as required. I also believe that there are provisions for a roof to be installed if the demand for one is there.

Its considered, by player of rugby, to be one of the best in terms of acoustics as the sound of the crowd is filtered out the sides and the players can hear each others calls once better.

The athletes villages was turned into the suburb of 'newington' with all the units being sold prior to the games happening.

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