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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

What Happens To Olympic Stadiums After The Games?

Fireworks illuminate the sky over Olympic Stadium during Opening Ceremonies at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)View of the floodlit Olympic Stadium in Rome during the solemn closing ceremony of the 1960 Summer Olympic Games on Sept. 11, 1960. The flag-bearers of the 84 participating nations are lined up in a half-circle in front of a podium for where the President of the International Olympic Committee, Avery Brundage, made the closing speech, and across the whole arena are lined up the sign-bearers who, during the parade of the flag-bearers, preceded the single flags. (AP Photo/Walter Attenni)Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada, June 23, 1976. (AP Photo)The flag of Tibet, also known as the snow lion flag, hangs on the Olympic rings in front of Montreal's Olympic Stadium, the home of the 1976 Montreal Olympic games opening ceremony, on August 8, 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Peter McCabe)This aerial view made June 7, 1996 shows Olympic Stadium, foreground, Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium, and downtown Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)The Olympic Caldron can be seen in the foreground as explosive charges bring down Fulton County Stadium Saturday, Aug. 2, 1997, in Atlanta. The stadium, home of the Braves from 1966-1996, was imploded to make room for a parking lot for the Braves new home, seen behind at left. (AP Photo/Alan Mothner)The Olympic cauldron rises behind the central arch in the Olympic stadium of Athens on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. The stadium is one of the very few Olympic venues to have been used for sports after the Athens 2004 Games, hosting soccer matches during which hooligans have several times set it on fire and athletics. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)The Olympic beach volleyball lies abandoned in southern Athens, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)The National Olympic Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, is lit up on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Olympic Games, in Beijing Friday, Aug. 7, 2009. The Beijing Olympic Games opened Aug. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

It’s called the center piece of the London Olympics — the $760 million Olympic Park. It was home to what’s being called the most elaborate Olympic Opening Ceremonies ever, and this week it hosted the world’s most talented track stars.

But despite the millions of dollars and countless man hours, officials say after the Games, they want to reduce the size of the stadium by taking off the upper tier.

So what traditionally happens to Olympic Stadiums after their two weeks in the limelight when they fade into obscurity?


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