Time really does make a meal out of everything, doesn’t it? Particularly so for the Igman Olympic Jumps, situated in (what was) Sarajevo, Bosnia. What was once the Olympic luge and bobsled track from the 1984 Winter Olympics, has now become well, pretty derelict. You know, the type of place you see seedy teens skulking about dealing substances or Netflix passwords. You know, that kinda stuff! Graffiti-covered and forlorn these days, the ski jumps were once nigh-glistening walls and slabs of concrete, covered with a thin layer of ice. Sarajevo, the now dissolved capital of “Yugoslavia” hosted the Winter Games back in the 60s, but with not much pomp or excitement if we’re honest. It seems that the news item that’s come from those games is the fact the ski jumps were never used again and have become a bit of an eyesore really.
Following the Bosnian war, which took no prisoners, the abandoned relics which once stood so proudly have now become overrun with weeds and colored with the tags of local graffiti ‘artists.’ (That was sarcasm btw, just checking you’re still keeping up!) Not to mention bullet holes which are scattered over the place due to the conflict which swallowed up the entire region. As you can see, the Igman Jumps seriously lost their way, due to lack of funding and lack of ownership, and the sad fact is that these are one of many venues in the region.
Maracanã Stadium— (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
So this one sort of half qualifies as ‘abandoned’ – but we’re actually happy that this stadium is being used! Just last month, the Copa América was held at the venue! The stadium was initially opened in 1950, named after a river in Rio de Janeiro, to host the FIFA World Cup. In the deciding match, Brazil lost out to long-time rivals Uruguay in a 2-1 clash! Over the years the stadium saw many football matches, and in 2016 it was chosen as the venue to host the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics.
Within the fabled stadium, both the opening and closing ceremonies were held, but just a short 6 months after the games were over, the power was turned off because well, no one was paying the massive energy bill! Sadly, other venues near the complex were later looted, including a golf course and tennis court, because after the 2016 Olympics, there just weren’t any matches or new operators willing to take over the venues. Up until just recently, the stadium was long forgotten, but we hope this boost has given it a new lease, and hopefully we’ll see more events hosted there in future!
Stand Athletic F.C. (Whitefield, England)
So this place is so far gone that it’s listed on a website literally titled “derelictplaces.co.uk” if that doesn’t say something to you then you’re clearly not using your brain! Now Stand Athletic F.C. was a football club based in Whitefield, Greater Manchester. In 1993 they joined the Manchester League – but despite winning the Division Two title, were not accepted for promotion to the higher league.
Now derelict, the club’s overgrown field and well, there’s no other word but dilapidated supporters’ stand – both a reflection of how things went down the drain for Stand F.C. Despite its name, it seems there’s no “standing room” for the club and its supporters. (We’re deep in Dad joke territory with that one, we know).
Kingdome (Seattle, Washington, USA)
RIP Kingdome. 1976-2000. You will be forever remembered and never forgotten for your contribution to gentle seating thousands and thousands of American backsides. What could be mistaken for some sort of avant-garde scientific facility is, in fact, the exterior of Seattle’s famous Kingdome. The home of both the Seahawks and the Mariners throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s, this loveable dome was a fan favorite for football, baseball, and basketball! Did you know: The Mariners played their final game in the Kingdome on June 27, 1999 before quickly moving across and playing their first game at their new home ground, Safeco Field just three weeks later. THEY DIDN’T EVEN GIVE ANY TIME TO GRIEVE! Rude. Okay, it’s a stadium, but still. It was their home! Ok, we’re just going to go now.
Perhaps their indifference was owing to the fact that during one of the Mariners’ pre-game warmups, a portion of the ceiling collapsed which narrowly missed people! Talk about the ol’ girl wearing out! But this incident, along with others egged on the city to fund a new stadium. March 26, 2000, was the last time anyone entered the Kingdome, as it was demolished by planned implosion.
Orange Bowl (Miami, Florida, USA)
The Miami Orange Bowl was (until a decade ago), an outdoor athletic stadium located in Miami, Florida. Something of a Miami landmark, the stadium was home to the Miami Hurricanes college football team, as well as the pro-Miami Dolphins, for 21 seasons. They moved to the Hard Rock Stadium after a blessed 20 years at the Orange Bowl. When it was first opened in 1937, Orange Bowl went by another name: Burdine Stadium. In 1969, it was renamed in honor of the college football bowl game which was played annually between 1938 and 1996.
The ever-important football match was basically the holy grail for the Hurricanes, who at one time were the champions, as well as having access to the most prestigious program for football recruits. Sadly the importance of the Orange Bowl matches decreased, and they dwindled into inexistence. In 2008, The Orange Bowl was demolished, and the site is now known as Marlins park, the home of the Miami Marlins, which was opened in 2012!