With the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games fast approaching, a highlight of the pre-games build up has been the focus on the green, reusable design of the athlete’s village and refurbishment of existing sporting venues.
Unfortunately, not all hosting countries have had success with implementing flexible, sustainable construction. What should have been a legacy that contributes to the benefit of the economy, has left a bitter taste behind, which, thanks to the international coverage that sporting events, such as the Olympics brings, has caused this failure to go viral.
It’s not all doom and gloom in the world of spectator sport however, as some countries are nailing it when it comes to green design and/or reusable construction. Standing out as inspiration for future hosting countries and stadium developers, these structures are setting the new standard for modern sporting spectacles.
Here is a list of a few venues that never quite lived up to that potential and now stand abandoned... But don’t worry, we’ve also included a few goodies in the mix to prove that it’s never too late for a bit of restoration and a new lease on life. If like a refurbished stadium, your career also needs a bit of restoration, give the specialists recruiters at Design and Construct a call on 1300 365 078 and see what opportunities they have for you.
1. Maracanã Stadium - Rio 2016 Olympics
This stadium was injected with over $370 million in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 games. Now, it sits stagnant and abandoned, overgrown with grass and debris. Furthermore, the site was defaced by vandals, who stole items from seating to televisions. Many blame the government and the country’s financial woes for the lack of organisation post-games.
2. Deodoro Whitewater Stadium - Rio 2016 Olympics
A temporary stadium built for the canoe slalom event, it was reported that the venue would become a public swimming pool. Then in October 2016, the International Canoe Federation (ICF) announced the venue would host the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom Senior Championships. To this day the stadium remains closed and the ICF championships have been moved to Montemor O Velho, in Portugal.
3. Future Arena - Rio 2016 Olympics
Yet another temporary stadium of the 2016 Summer games which has been forgotten. The Future Arena was intended to be dismantled and reassembled to create 4 new schools. Unfortunately, the site has been completed abandoned, those plans now abdicated.
4. The Olympic Village - Athens 2004 Olympics
The original home of the Olympics, Athens was riding an all-time high in 2004. Today speaks a very different story. With the games exceeding budget, followed by the despondent downturn of the Greek economy, most of the venues are decayed beyond repair. The birthplace of the Olympic games, now only know death and degeneration.
5. The Memphis Pyramid - Various Memphis teams
Unlike the venues on this list so far, this structure was not built for an Olympic event, however it does earn a spot on this list for its unique architecture. Originally designed by Mark C. Hartz, this arena was used for various teams including the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. Troubles eventually led to the vacancy of the venue for 11 years, however in 2015 the building reopened as a Bass Pro Shops Megastore complete with a hotel, a bowling alley and an observation deck.
6. Osaka Stadium - Nankai Hawks, various musical acts
This stadium could seat nearly 32,000 Nakai Hawks fans until the baseball team relocated in 1988. After standing empty for some time, the pitch was then transformed into a model house showcase. And because this reinvention wasn’t enough, the building has now been demolished and replaced with a green development called Namba Parks, which includes an office building, a mall and an eight-level rooftop park!
7. Beijing Water Cube - Beijing 2008 Olympics
If there ever was a perfect example of repurposing Olympic venues, this facility would be it. Boasting a unique design and touted as one of the world’s largest-capacity aquatic centres, the Water Cube has now been transformed into Asia’s largest indoor water park.
8. The Olympic Stadium - London 2012 Olympics
Let’s finish with this stadium - making the list for its impressive architectural and sustainable design. London was hell-bent on hosting the ‘greenest ever’ Olympics in 2012, a status which they achieved through their architectural designs. Built using 10,000 tonnes of steel, and surplus materials to create the beautiful ring around the top, the stadium is now the lightest Olympic stadium ever built. And it won’t go unused anytime soon; The West Ham United FC has signed a 99-year tenancy on the building.
Find out here how Australia plans on investing in sustainable and flexible design and construction in the fast approaching 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.