The largest Olympic stadiums of all times.

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The excitement surrounding the 2020 Summer Olympics has increased since Tokyo won the bid to host the prestigious event ahead of Istanbul and Madrid. Then the process of constructing buildings worthy of inspiring the whole world began. While the fate of the Tokyo Olympics hangs in the balance due to the coronavirus pandemic, we examine other cities that have succeeded in creating structures that have stood the test of time and continue to be as awe-inspiring and groundbreaking as the Games themselves. If all goes according to plan, the Olympic torch will be lit in Greece on March 12 (because of the virus without spectators), and the 121-day Olympic torch relay will begin in Fukushima on March 26 and lead to Tokyo.

1st Montreal Olympic Stadium
Montreal, Canada

The 1976 Summer Games were a perfect excuse for then Mayor Jean Drapeau to give the green light for a stadium that could be used for the city’s Major League baseball team, the Montreal Expos. The building is a masterpiece of engineering and its tower, angled at a 45-degree angle, is the tallest inclined tower in the world. The “Big Owe” was famous for its design, cost and time overruns as its first retractable roof was not completed for more than a decade.

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2nd Olympic University Stadium
Mexico City, Mexico

One of the most remarkable parts of this stadium is the unfinished set of wall paintings on the east side of the stadium, which were supposed to be Diego Rivera’s greatest work, but the artist died before they could be completed.

3.water sports center
London, United Kingdom

This roof, which arches both inwards and outwards, is one of the most famous buildings of the famous architect Zaha Hadid. Built for the 2012 Summer Olympics, this building is designed to replicate not only the movement of water inside the structure, but also that of the adjacent waterworks river.

4th Olympic Stadium Munich
Munich, Germany

The stadium, designed by Günter Behnisch and constructed by Frei Otto, was built for the 1972 Summer Olympics and is known for its lightweight, transparent “membrane” roofing that covers the stadium and surrounding buildings. Unfortunately, the innovative architecture was overshadowed by an attack on the Israeli Olympic team by Palestinian terrorists from “Black September”, in which 11 athletes, a police officer and the perpetrators were killed.

5th Stockholm Stadium
Stockholm, Sweden

In a sea of modern and futuristic designs, the Stockholm stadium captivates with its classical, palatial architecture. Built for the 1912 Summer Olympics, this stadium also holds the record for the most broken records in a single Olympiad.

6th Olympic Stadium Spyros Louis
Athens, Greece

The two parallel curved poles flanking the open roof of this stadium from the 2004 Summer Olympics look more like a suspension bridge than a stadium. The stadium itself was built in 1982, but its most recognizable aspects were added during the 2004 renovation.

7th National Stadium Beijing
Beijing, China

The 2008 Summer Games in Beijing were full of amazing constructions, including the Aquatics Center, known as the Water Cube. But Beijing’s National Stadium (or Bird’s Nest) stands out for its unique curved, intersecting beams inspired by the crazy Chinese-style ceramics and plans for its reuse in the 2022 Winter Games. The stadium’s exterior, designed to allow spectators an unobstructed view from any point of the stands, is especially striking when illuminated at night.

8th National High School of the Yoyogis
Tokyo, Japan

Described by architect Kenzo Tange as a “hybridization of Western modernist aesthetics and traditional Japanese architecture”, the subtle curves of the roof are to blend into the surrounding landscape.

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