World cities spend millions and millions, maybe billions of dollars vying to get the chance to host Olympic games. They pour even more money into constructing the various venues so that for a brief two weeks in time everything is shiny and new and perfect for everyone to see.
But what happens when the two weeks of competition are over? Here are 30 haunting photos of abandoned Olympic arenas in several cities which had their day. Beginning with Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, a city which a few short years after their olympics was part of a country torn apart, a country which no longer exists. But then we see the sport areas in other cities with less traumatic goings.
And we all were given to believe that after the olympics were finished the sporting venues would continue to be used. Maybe Syndey Australia did better? It looks like it.