While some sporting venues become iconic figures in their very own right, others are discarded to the point where they’re demolished, then turned into some random parking lot or condos. These places aren’t renovated or beloved — they’re abandoned. Whether they were used for the Olympics, a household team, or a high school, these venues have decayed into nothing, yet some turned out hauntingly beautiful. Here are some abandoned sports venues that are very spooktacular.
Silverdome Or Jumanji?
Detroit’s Silverdome was once the largest football stadium in the country. With a capacity of 82,000, the stadium held numerous events including Wrestlemania III, the 1994 Fifa World Cup and the 1979 NBA All-Star Game. The stadium was fully demolished in 2017, but this photo definitely makes me think of Jumanji.
Build It And They Will Come
The Olympic Baseball Stadium hasn’t been used in well over a decade. It’s understandable since it was only used for a three-week span during the 2004 Athens Games. Who knows, maybe if MLB ever decides to play an exhibition game in Athens, then they could clean it up because as someone once said: “Build it, and they will come”.
Before Comerica Park
The Silverdome wasn’t the only abandoned stadium in the hometown of the Real Slim Shady. Detroit Tiger fans reminisce the good ol’ days of Tiger Stadium. It was built in 1912 and closed its doors in 2009. Interestingly enough, the field at the old stadium remains, all thanks to a volunteer group known as the Navin Field Ground Crew.
The Village That Never Was
There is a background story to this abandoned Olympic village. It was built by the Nazis for the 1936 Olympics, and although the village had unique designs of a layout of grand halls, canteens, sports fields, and athletes’ dormitories, it still conveys Hitler’s ambition to showcase German might and modernity in those 16 days in August 1936, only three years before he plunged the world into war.