See how these 7 Historic Olympic venues look today
Olympic Games are an event that comes every four years and features the top athletes from all over the world compete at various events. The history of Olympics goes back to 776 BC and continued till 393 AD. The modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 and since then they have been held every four years apart from the years involving the World War I and II. The current Olympics will be hosted by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and in the spirit of the games, we bring to you a tour of some former stadiums that hosted the games in the past and how they look at present.
1 Panathenaic Stadium (1896)
Panathenaic Stadium is located in Athens in Greece and is a multipurpose stadium. The main, unique thing about Panathenaic Stadium is that it is the only stadium in the world to be made out of marble only. It was rebuilt in 144 AD by Herodes Atticus and had capacity of 55,000 seats then. In 1896, it was refurbished and hosted the first ever modern Olympic games, especially the opening and closing ceremonies.
2 Olympic Village, Berlin (1936)
Berlin hosted the 1936 Olympic Games when Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party was at its peak. The Olympic Village made during the games for the athletes to stay is situated at Estal in Wustermark. It consisted of dormitories, training facilities and a swimming pool. During the World War II, it was used as a hospital for German soldiers and was taken over by Russian army in 1945. The site is now in process of restoration and tourists tours are been taken at the place.
3 Sarajevo Olympic Village (1984)
The 1984 Winter Olympic Games took place in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia in present Bosnia-Herzegovina. It was the first winter Olympics to be held in a Communist state and was preceded by the Summer Olympics in 1980, which were held in Moscow, Russia.
4 Olympic Stadium Amsterdam (1928)
The 1928 summer Olympics games were hosted by Amsterdam in Netherlands. The main stadium built for the games could hold 31,600 people and was designed by architect Jan Wils. It is a multisport stadium with games like football, athletics, field hockey, equestrian and gymnastics being played in the Olympics games at the venue.
5 Centennial Olympic Stadium (1996)
The 1996 Olympics returned to USA and were hosted by Atlanta, Georgia. The main stadium built for these games is the Centennial Olympic Stadium, which could seat 85,000 people. The stadium hosted the opening ceremony, athletics and field and track events and the closing ceremony. The cost of the stadium was $207 million.
6 Nippon Budokan (1964)
The Nippon Budokan is an indoor stadium erected for the 1964 Summer Olympics in Japan. Its primary purpose was to host the martial arts events in the games like Karate, Judo etc. After the games, the stadium began hosting lots of musical concerts including the Beatles in 1966, Led Zeppelin in 1971 and 1972 and many other bands have played here since. It has also hosted various professional wrestling events.
7 Antwerp’s Olympisch Stadion (1920)
The 1920 summer Olympics were held in Antwerp, Belgium and the main stadium built for the games was Antwerp’s Olympisch Stadion. It hosted athletics, football, gymnastics, rugby, tug of war and weightlifting.