10 Abandoned And Crumbling Sports Stadiums

10 Abandoned And Crumbling Sports Stadiums

Abandoned sports stadiums are melancholy sites. Although built to celebrate human capabilities, designed to engulf the roar of audience bursting from all direction, some stadiums today are as quiet as a tomb.

Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums

Past their heyday, the seats are getting rotten and the pitches are cover with overgrowth. Today we bring you 10 dying empty crumbling structures that were once a thriving stadium.

10 Abandoned And Crumbling Sports Stadiums

 

10. The Astrodome, USA

Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums

Otherwise known as the Houston Astrodome is the world’s first multi-purpose stadium. It was dome shaped and officially called the NRG Astrodome. Located in Texas it opened in 1965 and was the second home to the MBL’s Houston Astrosand also of NFL’s Houston Oilers. Nicknamed the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, from 1966 to 2002 The Astrodome held the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Over decades the venue hosted a number of events until the Houston Fire Department declared in 2008 that the place was non-compliant with fire codes. Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums ,the Astrodome is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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9. Osaka Stadium, Japan

Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums

The stadium was built primarily as a basketball stadium and was home of the Nankai Hawks up until in 1988 when they moved to the Heiwadai Stadium. It is owned by Osaka Stadium Corporation. Located in Naniwa-ku, Osaka, the stadium opened in 1950. Built on a red-brick tobacco plant destroyed during the World War II, it has a total capacity of seating 32,000 people. In 1987, Michael Jackson concluded the Bad World Tour in Osaka Stadium. And in the same year Madonna kicked off her first concerts in Japan – Who’s That Girl World Tour at this Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums.

In 1998 the Osaka stadium was demolished to built shopping and office complexes. In April 2007, construction of the Namba Parks was complete in place of the stadium.

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8. Washington Coliseum, USA

Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums

Previously known as the Uline Arena, it is an indoor Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums located in Washington D.C. Since its opening in February 1941, a number of major athletic events like the Basketball Association of America’s Washington Capitols (1946-49) and the American Basketball Association’s Washington Caps (1969-70) and various types of events like ballet, speeches, ice skating, circuses and martial arts. In 1967 concerts were ban due to a riot that occurred during the performance of The Temptations. At a time it could accommodate around 7,000 to 9,000 people.

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7. Pontiac Silverdome, USA

Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums

Also simply known as the Silverdome, the stadium was first opened in 1975. Sitting on 127 acres of land the sprawling stadium has a seating capacity of 82,000. Before 1997 Silverdome was the largest stadium for NFL (National Football League). From 1975 to 2001 the stadium was home to the Detroit Lions of the NFL and the Detroit Pistons of the NBL from 1978 to 1988.  The Pontiac Silverdome also hosted a number of non-athletic events. In 2012 after the opening of Ford Field the stadium was sold at an auction. Later a number of events were held there but in 2013 after the roof got removed, the stadium now lies abandoned in an eerie ruin.

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6. Lluís Sitjar Stadium, Spain

Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums

Though a multi-purpose stadium, the Estadio Lluís Sitjar was mostly used for football matches. It opened in 1945 and hosted home matches for the RCD Mallorca. During its heyday, the stadium had a total capacity of holding 18,000 people. For years the pride of Mallorca laid in ruins until the total deconstruction of the stadium finally began in November 2014. By April 2015, the demolition was complete.

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5. Don Valley Stadium, England

Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums

Named after the River Don, the Don Valley Stadium was built in 1990 and in 1991 it hosted the World Student Games after which it became the home stadium for the Games. With a seating capacity of 25,000 people it was used for a variety of events. When the stadium was closed down it was the 2nd largest athletics stadium in England. Authorities had decided to tear down the place but it was postponed. In 2014 it was announced that the Don Valley Stadium would be demolished and the Olympic Legacy Park will be built in its place.

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4. Former National Stadium, Singapore

Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums

First opened in 1973, the former Singapore National Stadium had held many entertaining, cultural, sporting and national events.Now it is one of the Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums. Some of the most famous events hosted in this venue are the Singapore Youth Festival Opening Ceremony, the Singapore Armed Forces Day, 2004 Tiger Cup final etc. Then the National Stadium was officially close in 2007. The demolition began in 2010 and by 2014 the new Singapore National Stadium and the Singapore Sports Hub had come up in its place.

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3. Faliro Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre, Greece

Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums

In the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, the beach volleyball competition was held at the Faliro Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre. Although only 7,300 people were allowed to watch the competition, the stadium can hold around 9,600 people. Opened in 2004, today the venue lies as one of the Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums with trees growing around the place.

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2. Busch Stadium, USA

Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums

Also known as the Owen J. ‘Donie’ Busch Stadium, the venue was home to the Indianapolis Indians, the Continental Football League, the Indianapolis Capitols and a few Negro League teams. Built in 1931 after the World War II, it was called the Victory Field.  First used in 1942 the name was meant to ‘celebrate the United States’ victory in World War II’. By 2008, the Busch Stadium was turned into a storage site for cars. The in 2011 demolitions began to turn the venue into an 81-year old Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums.

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1. Miami Marine Stadium, USA

Abandoned and crumbling sports stadiums

A marine stadium located in Miami, in 1963 by the Matheson family. They donated the first multi-purpose stadium powerboat racing in US to the City of Miami. With a seating arrangement for around 6,566, on the day of the opening, one speed-boat racer named James Tapp died in a crash. Other than water sports the stadium was also used for boxing matches and concerts. In 1992 in the wake of Hurricane Andrew, the stadium was declared unsafe. In 2009, the Miami Marine Stadium was listed as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Largely unused today the stadium is a haven for graffiti artists and photographers.

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10 Abandoned And Crumbling Sports Stadiums

1. Miami Marine Stadium, USA
2. Busch Stadium, USA
3. Faliro Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre, Greece
4. Former National Stadium, Singapore
5. Don Valley Stadium, England
6. Lluís Sitjar Stadium, Spain
7. Pontiac Silverdome, USA
8. Washington Coliseum, USA
9. Osaka Stadium, Japan
10. The Astrodome, USA