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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 3rd, 2008, 05:47 AM   #61
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We do play in the rain. If it's a complete downpour or there's lightning, then the tarp goes over the infield. (Nobody wants to run on a completly muddy infield.)
football does.

i never understood the rain delay..sure..lightning..thunder..but rain...:S
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 05:57 AM   #62
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I'm gonna say St. Louis, unless it was an invisible stadium, in which case it's incredible!
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 06:38 AM   #63
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football does.

i never understood the rain delay..sure..lightning..thunder..but rain...:S
your concentration can only last so long when its raining really hard. Try focusing in on a fastball when you cant even see it through the rain.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 07:47 AM   #64
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football does.

i never understood the rain delay..sure..lightning..thunder..but rain...:S
The ability to see pitches both and batted balls clearly is absolutely essential to baseball. When it's raining too much, the rain will often flow over the batter's helmet, obscuring his vision and making it nearly impossible to hit. Likewise, if it's raining too much, outfielders can't see fly balls hit to them.

Plus, if the ball gets too slippery, it's hard for the pitcher to pitch it the way he wants to. Baseball can't be played in downpours - I've seen games where they try to fit it in during a downpour, and it's a disaster.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 08:12 AM   #65
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definitely atlanta.. those olympic games were horrible..
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 08:20 AM   #66
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definitely atlanta.. those olympic games were horrible..
Why?
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 08:34 AM   #67
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What stadium is that MGM
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 08:40 AM   #68
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are you guys moron or retard? of course the older the stadium gets, the less relevant it will become to your modern taste. I wonder if you were born in 1945 what do you suggest the ugliness of an olympic stadia for games held before 1980's. Pathetic. You guys should really get a job than spending time here bothering about the worst or what not. BODOH.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 09:41 AM   #69
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It is difficult to say as I am sure for their time the stadiums were great. We look back now and think they are hideous, I guess we can only compare the modern ones, but even the poor Atlanta one that is getting a killing on here was probably decent for 1996. I am sure we will look back on Beijing and London and think they too are terrible.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 10:05 AM   #70
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Atlanta was never a decent olympic stadium. It has always been an allright baseball stadium, but for the olympics, it was all to obvious.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 11:31 AM   #71
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Beijing was the worst Olympics I can ever recall. It was a farce from day they were awarded it.

Their stadium was shithouse too. We are in the times of retractable roofing, movable stands and turf and China dished up a stadium that could have been cobbled together in the 1920s. Their own fans didn't even bother rocking up.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 12:38 PM   #72
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Everbody is free to have a stadium.
Don't understand why other try to change his mind / decision

For me its St. Loius, because i can't see it. How many rows did it have? 3-5?
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 01:24 PM   #73
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definitely atlanta.. those olympic games were horrible..
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Why?

The 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta are remembered for many things, most of them bad – bombs, rednecks, chaos, transport – but every venue was packed. Most people knew little about the sports they were watching, but hey, this was the Olympics. You had to be there. At the show jumping, when a horse jumped a fence, they whooped.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/spo...cle2067059.ece
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It wasn't as bad as Beijing.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 04:33 PM   #75
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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.
It's in the middle of nowhere...... they're going to surround it with an enormous carpark aren't they?

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Old September 3rd, 2008, 04:36 PM   #76
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Beijing was the worst Olympics I can ever recall. It was a farce from day they were awarded it.

Their stadium was shithouse too. We are in the times of retractable roofing, movable stands and turf and China dished up a stadium that could have been cobbled together in the 1920s. Their own fans didn't even bother rocking up.
Well said

Easily the most boring Games ever - I can't wait for the Paralympics to be over so we can forget this debacle ever happened.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 04:36 PM   #77
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I watched this documantary on the bird's nest construction and lot of people said the design is a mess, and many would agree (not me)
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 05:19 PM   #78
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Montreal, Montreal, Montreal. The exterior might be nice, and the roof was a good idea, but the inside looks like death. Not to mention all the issues the roof ended up having.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 06:19 PM   #79
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I voted (Mexico City) before actually reading the thread. Now I feel dirty. The inspiration for this particular thread seems like nothing but appealing to the lowest common denominator - "I'm loud and opinionated, therefore I am!"

Thanks to those who tried to be rational. I know Atlanta's isn't a true athletics stadium, but if one puts things into context, form follows function, etc, then it does well. Hardly the best, but not worthy of the derision many offer. I'm sorry the City couldn't concoct an ocean front to add to the visual appeal for everyone but it was what it was.

I voted Mexico City because it's site appears a banal, minimalist variant of the stadium+plaza concept. While Atlanta combined two divergent directions into an uncomfortable compromise, it still provided a level of grace and character that isn't found (IMO) in Mexico's wasteland of concrete and pavers. From pictures it appears to be the epitome of a design entirely conceived from the plan view with little thought of the actual experience for participants.

I'm not saying it's s***, just that it appears the least inspired of the modern Olympic stadiums.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 06:22 PM   #80
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The 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta are remembered for many things, most of them bad – bombs, rednecks, chaos, transport – but every venue was packed. Most people knew little about the sports they were watching, but hey, this was the Olympics. You had to be there. At the show jumping, when a horse jumped a fence, they whooped.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/spo...cle2067059.ece
Were you even there? Atlanta was and still is the smallest city to ever host a summer games. It did a great job considering no debt came of it and ALL venues are still used which is hard to say for some other Olympics. Like Athens.
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