If you were planning on taking a vacation to see some of the world's greatest monuments and landmarks, which ones would you love to check out?
The Statue of Liberty, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, Golden Gate Bridge, Colosseum, Big Ben, Notre Dame Cathedral, Mount Rushmore, and the Great Wall of China are just a few of the most amazing landmarks you could visit. But there are other feats of architectural achievement that seems to have not been given the same respect and care because they were formerly sports stadiums.
There have been some amazing sports stadiums that belong somewhere on the same list but were left behind and long since forgotten about. These arenas were constructed as a way local sports fans can come together and enjoy their home team with 80,000 other screaming fans.
But over time, these amazing stadiums end up getting left behind while newer, more modernized stadiums are built. Most of them are demolished within a reasonable amount of time but some of them end up abandoned, left to rot away as the grass grows into the seats and the roofs begin to collapse.
Let's take a look at 20 Stadiums That Were Sadly Left Behind as the rest of the world moves on to something bigger and better.
20 Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground (Beijing, China)
Ten years after the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground was at the center of the 2008 Summer Olympic games in Beijing, China, it remains one of the only venues left standing that has not been used.
The main court was made famous when the unbeatable U.S. duo of Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor, who never lost a single set throughout the entire tournament and won their second consecutive gold medal. But the beauty in the venue is not just that the main court remains, it is the surrounding complex that has two warmup courts and six more for training.
For whatever the reason, it was only used one more time, in 2012 for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, and then never again. It just sits there, surrounded by over a billion people and yet remains the loneliest sports venue in the entire world.
19 Fort Lauderdale Stadium (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
When it opened in 1962, Fort Lauderdale Stadium became the summer home for the New York Yankees. For the next 32 years, they would travel down to South Florida to take in the beautiful weather and enjoy spring training. Fans would come down in droves and the city would see a huge boost in just about every measure.
It was also the home to several different minor league teams including the Fort Lauderdale Yankees and Red Sox before turning into the Spring Training home for the Baltimore Orioles from 1996 to 2009. The stadium that was once the center of the town was now completely abandoned and left to fend for itself.
Last year, it was announced that they were going to build a water park in the area, which would have replaced the stadium, but the plans fell through just a few months ago. It remains standing, waiting for a future in this world.
18 Arena da Amazonia (Manaus, Brazil)
When Brazil was announced as the 2014 host of the FIFA World Cup, immediate plans began to build brand new stadiums throughout the country to prepare for the incoming teams and spectators.
One of their now infamous World Cup stadiums is the Arena da Amazonia, which was built in the largest town in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. It was used just four times during the World Cup and a few more times during the Olympics. They also managed to use it this past year for a couple of World Cup Qualifying matches.
The biggest problem is that Manuas is not across the street. It has an airport but to get there, you most likely will be flying anywhere from 16 to 32 hours, or more, depending on where you are flying in from. That distance, surrounded with the lack of travel once inside the city, there is nothing but a rainforest and rivers surrounding you, makes this stadium virtually useless after the World Cup.
17 Avanhard Stadium (Pripyat, Ukraine)
Of all the stadiums on our list, Avanhard Stadium in Pripyat, Ukraine is the only one that was shut down due to the Chernobyl incident in 1986. The nuclear accident was caused from a flawed reactor design being operated by personnel that lacked the training to manage it. When things went South, the lack of training from the crew led to a quick escalation in the plant which ended up destroying an entire town.
One of the biggest attractions in the city was Avanhard Stadium, which was home to the FC Stroitel Pripyat football club. The worst part was that 1985 was the best season for the club. They were finally starting to win and finished second in their league. But in 1986, they were forced to withdraw for a year before having to move to Slavutych a year later.
The images from what is left from the stadium remains one of the scariest, and most haunted, to this day.
16 Candlestick Park (San Francisco, California)
When it comes to sports, Candlestick Park is among the most iconic of sports parks. It was shared by the San Francisco Giants (MLB) and the San Francisco 49ers (NFL). It was also the home to the Oakland Raiders for a couple of seasons in the early '60s.
It's biggest claim to fame was that it was constructed to persuade the New York Giants to travel across the country and move out West if they could build them a state of the art facility, which is exactly what they did. They were also the location for the last public concert performed by The Beatles.
But over the years, the stadium would run into massive problems including being broken in several places during the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. By 1999 the Giants left town and in 2014, so did the 49ers, leaving it to be completely demolished by 2015.
15 Maracana Stadium (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
It is a very short trip from being one of the most famous sports stadiums in the entire world to becoming nothing more than a giant concrete structure falling apart at the seams.
The Maracana Stadium opened in 1950 and was the host to the World Cup in the same year. Brazil ran through the World Cup to reach the Finals and go up against Uruguay in one of the greatest soccer matches in the history of the sport. Nearly 200,000 people piled inside the Maracana to watch the 2-1 upset of their Brazil football team.
It hosted both the 1950 and 2014 FIFA World Cup tournaments as well as the 1989 COPA America, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and 2016 Summer Olympics. But the Olympics would be the final time anyone would get to enter and watch a soccer match as it would become nothing more than an eyesore in the middle of the city.
14 Washington Coliseum (Washington, DC)
During World War II, the Washington Coliseum, formerly known as Uline Ice Arena, was used as a housing facility forces from America traveling to and from Europe and the South Pacific. Before that, it was used for ice hockey but was repurposed to become a housing facility.
Following the war, it was turned into a basketball venue that would be used by the Washington Capitols. It also hosted games played by Georgetown University and was the location of several other non-sporting events.
After being used for so many years for various events, both sporting and non-sporting, it is now a REI store after being renovated and redesigned with a lot of the original building still in place.
13 Miami Marine Stadium (Miami, Florida)
At one time, powerboat racing was all the rage for many sports enthusiasts. It became such a big sport that venues all across the country started to get built, mostly around beach towns and coastal cities like in Miami's Virgnia Key where the Miami Marine Stadium was built for $1 million dollars back in 1963, which is roughly $8.1 million when adding inflation.
It had 6,566 seats and the 326 length stadium was the longest span of cantilevered concrete in the world, at the time it was constructed. This led it to becoming a hot spot for national events including several of the ones televised on ESPN.
But Hurricane Andrew destroyed it in 1992 and what was left remains standing riddled with graffiti, which has also turned it into a destination for many boating fans.
12 Olympic Aquatic Center (Athens, Greece)
Unlike many of the other Olympic Aquatic Centers, this one was built previously for the 1991 Mediterranean Games and was actually refurbished for the 2004 Summer Games. The site consisted of three separate pools which, when combined could seat 23,000 fans.
One of the signature aspects of the building was the outdoor pool, which was the larger pool that hosted all the swimming races, and how it did not have any shade. It would be the last time an Aquatic Center would be built without a roof.
Today, it remains abandoned as Greece continues to battle through severe economic depression that began not long after the Olympics left town. Greece has also had to fight through record levels of unemployment and poverty, leaving Olympic sites like this one on the bottom of their lists of priorities.
11 Estadio Lluis Sitjar (Palma de Mallorca, Spain)
Like most of the abandoned stadiums we have researched recently, Estadio Lluis Sitjar is just another one that has been standing for nearly 80 years. It was opened in 1945 stood tall until it was finally demolished in 2014. But it was partially closed in 1999 before finally being shut down in 2007, which gave it about 15 years of complete abandonment before being torn down.
Before the stadium became a product of it's environment, the entire area surrounding it turned mostly into a wasteland, it was the home to RCD Mallorca. It was built to house 18,000 spectators and they filled it for many years before things around that area started getting desolate and abandoned.
The cost of demolition and the plans to keep the stadium from being torn down ended up turning it into a abandoned piece of property that was in the middle of two sides that had no idea what they were going to do with it.
10 Olympic Village (Berlin, Germany)
If you want to be sad, you need to do a little research on Berlin, Germany and all of the abandoned villages, buildings, and homes that were left vacant since the ending of World War II.
There are so many abandoned areas still left standing in Berlin that there is a website dedicated to showing the rest of the world all of the haunting areas of a broken city that remains far behind the rest of the world.
One of the worst is the Olympic Village from the 1936 Summer Olympics. It is located in the Brandenburg countryside in a town called Elstal and some of the housing was actually used by the Soviet Army during the Communist Rule before they left in 1992.
9 Herschel Greer Stadium (Nashville, Tennessee)
Not long after the closing of Herschel Greer Stadium did it become a problem for the rest of the community. Because the cost of securing the property is not an option, the abandoned stadium has become a mecca for vandals looking to break some stuff.
Almost all of the glass throughout the stadium has been busted from televisions being tossed through press box windows. If you add that to the deterioration that is very apparent on the outside of the stadium, it has caused many people that live or work nearby to become worried.
In November of this year, the city has finally come to an agreement to demolish the stadium but that is not going to happen until sometime in 2019.
8 Tiger Stadium (Detroit, Michigan)
Baseball fans, especially those of the Detroit Tigers, fell in love with Tiger Stadium because it was opened in 1912 and was one of the oldest sports stadiums in the world. It hosted legends of baseball like Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig and it was an iconic sports attraction for fans traveling from all over the country.
It was also the host to several All-Star games including the 1941, 1951, and 1971 games. One of the greatest scenes in baseball was when a player hit a home run onto the right field roof, which has happened more than 30 different times.
It eventually met the same fate as all the rest and was demolished in 2008.
7 Pool Complex (Berlin, Germany)
One of the scariest moments in sports was not even understood until many years later, following World War II. The 1936 Summer Olympics, which were held in Berlin, Germany, were hosted by a country being overrun by a new political party.
During those games, there was several moments that remain creepy to anyone who watched them unfold. The Parade of Nations, when the countries enter the stadium during the opening ceremonies, featured sketchy activity.
Then there was all the venues that were constructed for the event. Not long after the Olympics ended was the start of World War II. Many of the venues used remain standing and abandoned as part of history.
6 Stadion Za Luzankami (Brno, Czech Republic)
At one point in time, the FC Zbrojovka Brno soccer team played their games inside the 50,000 seat stadium located in the heart of Brno, Czech Republic known as Stadion Za Luzankami.
When it opened in 1953, it was used until 2001 when FC Zbrojovka Brno moved to Mestsky fotbalovy stadion Srbska. They did not move by choice, they were forced to because the stadium failed to meet criteria set in place by both FIFA and their football association.
There have been efforts to fix the stadium and in 2013, after an online fundraising project, it was refurbished to host one soccer match in front of 35,000 people. Other than that, it has become nothing more than an abandoned stadium that reminds the people of Brno of a childhood spent watching soccer inside the once beautiful design.
5 Aquatic Center (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Every single Olympic venue from every country is always constructed for later use, not just for a one week period during the Olympic games. But the one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was built a little differently because it was supposed to be disassembled and built into a community swimming center not long after the Olympics. It would be moved to two locations nearby, one in Madureira Park and the other in Campo Grande area.
But those plans have failed thanks to Brazil's government and their economic issues. These two problems have combined to turn this once beautiful Aquatic center into an empty, and disgustingly unsanitary, building that seats 15,000 and cost $50 million to build.
As it continues to rot away in the middle of the city, it could end up becoming a political nightmare for years to come.
4 Astrodome (Houston, Texas)
When the Astrodome opened in 1965, it became the first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium in the world. That would be just the beginning for the long list of firsts for the Astrodome. It would also become the first major sports stadium to use artificial turf, which is why it was called AstroTurf. It was also the first indoor sports stadium with air conditioning and the first to have an animated scoreboard.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the Astrodome more than lived up to that phrase.
But an indoor stadium of this size is not cheap to maintain, year after year. It is even more expensive to renovate in order to be able to compete with all the other amazing sports stadiums being built over the past 25 years. So the Astros ended up leaving and the Oilers headed to Tennessee, leaving the Astrodome without a sports team.
The good news is that earlier this year they announced that it would finally get a makeover and be opened once again.
3 Strahov Stadium (Prague, Czech Republic)
From St. George's Basilica to the Castle District, Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world. The architecture in Prague is unlike anything you have ever seen and the people that live there have so much respect for all of their amazing landmarks and tourists attractions that many of them remain just as beautiful as they were the day they were opened.
There is one exception and it just so happens to be Strahov Stadium, an underrated masterpiece that was constructed in 1926 and is so large it can hold 250,000 people. If you are having trouble understanding how massive this place is, then picture nine soccer fields, side-by-side, surrounded by stands. It was once the biggest stadium in the world.
As of today, it remains standing but not for long. There have been many projects proposed that would end up tearing it down and turning it into a huge commercial zone.
2 Pontiac Silverdome (Pontiac, Michigan)
The Pontiac Silverdome was once the home to the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, and the Motor City Bowl. It also hosted several of professional sports biggest events including Super Bowl XVI, the 1979 NBA All-Star Game, the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and multiple NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, to name a few. It was also the home to WWE's Wrestlemania III which broke the record for the largest crowd for a live indoor sporting event with 93,173 people.
But it became most famous for its' beautiful inflatable roof which was built using Teflon-coated fiberglass panels combined with air pressure from inside the stadium to keep it from falling down. However, after the roof collapsed in 1985, it turned into a dangerous addition to the stadium which would eventually meet its' demise earlier this year.
It sat abandoned and vacant for nearly five years before the demolition erased the building from the planet.
1 Sarajevo Bobsleigh and Luge Track (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
For seven years, Sarajevo knew that they were going to be hosting the 1984 Winter Olympics. As it just so happens, in the same year that they were chosen to host the Olympics, this amazing bobsleigh and luge track was designed. Four years later, it was approved and the construction began on what would become one of the most iconic abandoned sports venues of all time.
During the Olympics, the track hosted anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 fans and became one of the hottest venues in Sarajevo that year. Sadly, however, in 1991 the Yugoslav war happened, forcing many of the venues to quickly become collateral damage especially during the Siege of Sarajevo, where it was used by Bosnian forces as an artillery position.
It remains one of the only Olympic venues that was able to survive years of abandonment and war between countries in the region. Somehow, it remains standing to this day and has become an incredible place that every sports enthusiast should visit.