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View Poll Results: The worst Olympic Stadium ever?
1896 Athens 3 1.02%
1900 Paris 5 1.69%
1904 St. Louis 48 16.27%
1908 London 0 0%
1912 Stockholm 1 0.34%
1920 Antwerp 3 1.02%
1924 Paris 3 1.02%
1928 Amsterdam 2 0.68%
1932 L.A. 1 0.34%
1936 Berlin 3 1.02%
1948 London 2 0.68%
1952 Helsink 5 1.69%
1956 Melbourne 5 1.69%
1960 Rome 2 0.68%
1964 Tokyo 5 1.69%
1968 Mexico 11 3.73%
1972 Munich 1 0.34%
1976 Montreal 11 3.73%
1980 Moscow 17 5.76%
1984 L.A. 8 2.71%
1988 Seoul 6 2.03%
1992 Bercelona 14 4.75%
1996 Atlanta 105 35.59%
2000 Sydney 6 2.03%
2004 Athens 16 5.42%
2008 Beijing 12 4.07%
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 08:34 PM   #21
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Americans, please explain to an european vice president of lame:

Isn't it possible for Americans to build a stadium for world-wide attendet games with a beautiful & extraordinary roof?

For example, the organizers of the 1972 games in Munich had to fight with problems of an increasing budget. It would have been easy for them to cancel their plans for the "tent roof". They built it, though the costs of the roof were almost the double amount of the concrete bowl.
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Americans, please explain to an european vice president of lame:

Isn't it possible for Americans to build a stadium for world-wide attendet games with a beautiful & extraordinary roof?

For example, the organizers of the 1972 games in Munich had to fight with problems of an increasing budget. It would have been easy for them to cancel their plans for the "tent roof". They built it, though the costs of the roof were almost the double amount of the concrete bowl.
of course its possible, but if the games are held here the stadium is going to be american style. It wouldnt make sense to build a stadium that doesnt have American influences (a roofed stadium) so we likely wont have one. Beijing has a roof because the Chinese like roofs. London will have a roof because they like roofs. We wont because we dont like them. The only place there would be a roof is where the press has to sit. Other than that, we just dont like them. It is possible to build a beautiful stadium that is roofless.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 08:38 PM   #23
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Who said US stadiums does not have a roof?



*Let's give a big hand to american football stadiums - simply the best.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 08:39 PM   #24
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I don`t see a stadium in St Louis ?_?

hmmmm, I think there wasn't a stadium, the competition area was called "Francis field"
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 08:47 PM   #25
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of course its possible, but if the games are held here the stadium is going to be american style. It wouldnt make sense to build a stadium that doesnt have American influences (a roofed stadium) so we likely wont have one. Beijing has a roof because the Chinese like roofs. London will have a roof because they like roofs. We wont because we dont like them. The only place there would be a roof is where the press has to sit. Other than that, we just dont like them. It is possible to build a beautiful stadium that is roofless.
Why don't you like rooves on stadiums? Wouldn't it make sence to protect the visitors from the sun & rain and from the cold (esp. in cities like Chicago and Green Bay). Don't tell me that the visitors in Green Bay are keen on visiting a NFL match in a snow storm??
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Who said US stadiums does not have a roof?



*Let's give a big hand to american football stadiums - simply the best.
I think you don't like rooves on stadiums?

I see, you've learned from the europeans:

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Old September 2nd, 2008, 08:52 PM   #27
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The photo of the stadium in Amsterdam in the opening post is old, but it is the enlarged version.

Aerial during the games:


Recent Aerial after renovation:
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Btw for the first time in the modern Olympic Games, there was a flame in this stadium.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 09:05 PM   #28
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I think the older stadiums look right for the time as do most of the modern ones, the biggest snore-fests for me are Atlanta, Barcelona ( interior ) and probably paris, I base my opinions on wow factor and design. Im not a fan of an existing venue being used as an olympic venue , ie melbourne, wembley, I like a purpose built arena that is used for other sports afterwards, I think the best example of this is the birds nest and munich...oh and berlin
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 09:09 PM   #29
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Americans, please explain to an european vice president of lame:

Isn't it possible for Americans to build a stadium for world-wide attendet games with a beautiful & extraordinary roof?

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Simple. The action takes place on the field... NOT overhead.

And American spectators have hard heads. They can withstand even hail falling on them, unlike the prissy Europeans who must have some 'protection' over their heads. Wusses.

That's why the Yanks still top the Olympic medal charts...roofs or NO roofs.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 09:20 PM   #30
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Simple. The action takes place on the field... NOT overhead.

And American spectators have hard heads. They can withstand even hail falling on them, unlike the prissy Europeans who must have some 'protection' over their heads. Wusses.

That's why the Yanks still top the Olympic medal charts...roofs or NO roofs.

1- The Olympic Games are no American Games, they are world games, awarded to a city by the IOC.
2- USA - 300,000,000 inh compared to the four top european countries (UK, France, Italy, Germany = 260,000,000 inh), the europeans will top the Olympic madal charts
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1- The Olympic Games are no American Games, they are world games, awarded to a city by the IOC.
2- USA - 300,000,000 inh compared to the four top european countries (UK, France, Italy, Germany = 260,000,000 inh), the europeans will top the Olympic madal charts
Kinda stupid reasoning really.

1. Who said the Olympic Games are American Games? I never said that.

2. Neither are they European Games. So, what's with the adding 4 countries together? Then maybe we should add Japan, China Canada, Mexico and the USA together?

Again, your reply defies any sort of logic or plain reasoning -- just as the blatantly twisted, prejudiced reason for this thread.

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Old September 2nd, 2008, 09:45 PM   #32
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The Seoul one lacks soul.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 09:52 PM   #33
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Here's an interesting question. Are all of these places still standing? Obviously the newer ones are (well, at least part of Atlanta's is) but what about the stadiums prior to 1970? Anyone have pics of how they look today?

And please stop the whining, folks. This is actually an interesting topic.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 10:00 PM   #34
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Here's an interesting question. Are all of these places still standing? Obviously the newer ones are (well, at least part of Atlanta's is) but what about the stadiums prior to 1970? Anyone have pics of how they look today?

I'll start with Berlin:

1936


1974


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Old September 2nd, 2008, 10:13 PM   #35
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But in those days the Olympics didn't require flashy venues.
It doesn't today either.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 11:35 PM   #36
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Here's an interesting question. Are all of these places still standing? Obviously the newer ones are (well, at least part of Atlanta's is) but what about the stadiums prior to 1970? Anyone have pics of how they look today?

And please stop the whining, folks. This is actually an interesting topic.
London's White City Stadium was demolished to make way for the BBC headquarters (in the eighties I think) but the rest is still around in some form or another (at least, I think they are).
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according to my research the only two that are no longer are the two london venues, all the others are still ( in some form ) in use. The majority of the older venues have had some major renovation work done to them, if somebody was to tell me how to post picks on ere Id gladly stick a load up for you all
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 11:58 PM   #38
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I don`t see a stadium in St Louis ?_?
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It's not very big, at it's peak it held 19,000, today it holds 4,000.

1904 games were a horrible mix of business, politics, and sports. St. Louis (through the Louisiana Purchase Exposition) basically hijacked the games from Chicago, who they'd originally been awarded to by threatening to outspend them and make Chicago's Olympics a waste of time.

I can assure you, Chicago would have had a much better venue.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 12:10 AM   #39
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Panathinaikon Stadion "Kallimarmaro"
Athens, Greece
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The site of the Panathinaikon Stadion was originally a small natural valley, between the two hills of Agra and Ardettos, over Ilissos river. It was transformed into a stadium by Lykourgos in 330-329 BC for the athletic competitions of "Panathinea", the greatest festivities in ancient Athens.

Between 140 and 144 AD, Herodes Atticus restored the Stadium, giving it the form that was found at the 1870 excavation: the horseshoe construction with a track 204.07 meters long and 33.35 meters wide. It is believed that the Stadium had a seating capacity of 50,000 people.

In the Roman times it was used as an arena with the addition of a north semicircular wall.



The modern times restoration of the Stadium was conducted by G.Averof at the end of the 19th century, for the first Olympic Games that were reborn in 1896. The Stadium was rebuilt with marble from Mt Penteli, the same kind that was used 2,400 years before, for the construction of the Parthenon on the Acropolis. It could now hold over 60,000 spectators. The total cost was 1 million GrD, a huge amount of money in those days.




The Panathinaikon Stadion holds a unique world record: on April 4 1968, AEK Athens won the European Cupwinners' Cup (beating Slavia Prague) in front of 60,000 spectators, the largest crowd ever to attend a basketball match.

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The Stadion (owned by the Greek Olympic Committee) is now a tourist attraction, used only for special events. It was used in the 2004 Olympics; the marathon race finished there (following the tradition of the 1st Olympics). It was also the host of archery.


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A visit to the Stadium is an absolute "must" when in Athens. It is located in the centre of the city, on Vassileos Konstantinou Avenue, on the east side of the National Gardens.

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The Panathinaikon Stadion (in Greek: Παναθηναϊκό Στάδιο, meaning "stadium of all the Athenians") is also known as Kallimarmaro (which means "made of fine marble"). Some foreigners also call it "Olympic Stadium". When you're in Athens (especially when you're looking for directions), never call it this way, as people will think you are talking about the modern Olympic Stadium, in the northern suburbs. Also, try not to confuse it with the home ground of Panathinaikos FC, Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium (aka "Leoforos").

All this may sound a bit perplexed, but if you follow this advice, you'll never get mixed up. Call it either "Panathinaikon" or "Kallimarmaro" and people will know what you are talking about.

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What's the point of this stupid thread -- that could NOT have been said in The Best Olympic Stadium thread? It's the same old stadia photos being posted over and over again.
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