15 photos of abandoned Olympic sites, and the cost to build them
The 2014 Winter Games are over, and it’s time for Sochi, Russia, to begin its inexorable slide into decay that follows in the wake of the Olympics. There are exceptions—Vancouver, Atlanta and Sydney are all making good use of their Olympics facilities. But it seems to be the exception to the rule. Sochi, which spent an unprecedented $51 billion building the Winter Games at Russia’s premiere summer resort destination—tens of billions over the projected amount—seems destined for entropy.
Below are 15 depressing pictures of abandoned Olympic sites and the cost of building them.
Beijing, 2008: $2 billion
London, 2012: $14.8 billion
Athens, 2004: $15 billion
Sarajevo, 1984: $165 million
Berlin, 1936: $30 million
Rio de Janeiro, 2016: Will likely look like it does under construction 10 years after the games are concluded. Cost: $12 billion