Why Are These Historic Stadiums Now Abandoned?

Sports | 7/29/19

Avid sports fans never forget an iconic moment. Music lovers never forget classic concerts. Even casual supporters will find it hard to forget about a special moment they experienced at a game or show, including the venue. Some of the greatest games and performances took place in stadiums that are now nothing more than ghost towns. The Beatles final performance, Notre Dame’s first game played at night, and a special heavyweight title match are a few things that audiences will always remember where they were when it happened. Sadly, many of the stadiums where these events took place are abandoned, but for what reason?

An Olympic Relic

Sarajevo Bobsleigh and Luge Track abandoned olympic stadium
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dogslobber/flickr

This stadium was left behind in the 20th century but was never forgotten. Located in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Sarajevo Bobsleigh and Luge Track first opened in 1982 and cost $8.5 million to construct and constructed initially for the 1984 Winter Olympics.

The track didn’t have much a chance for reuse after artillery from the Bosnian war wrecked portions of it in the ’90s. Glory will soon return to Sarajevo, though, as renovations began to fix up the stadium in 2014.