Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, February 24, 2014

CBS News returns to the Olympic Games venues of the past three decades to see how many of the facilities constructed for the event are still around benefiting their communities. The gold medal of sadness goes to 1984 host Sarajevo: "The bobsleigh and luge track on Mount Trbevic was turned into an artillery position from which Bosnian Serbs pounded the city for almost four years."

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True. Vancouver today is a frickin' war zone, man.

#1 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-02-24 10:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

Wow. I didn't know they were tearing down Turner Stadium until I read this article. I saw a lot of ball games there after the Olympics in Atlanta. I had a great time the three days I went to the Olympics themselves.

When they tore down Fulton County Stadium after the Olympics, it became a parking lot. The outline of the old baseline was in the same place as the original. I once parked very near first base. LOL There was a plaque in the parking lot where home plate was designating where Hank Aaron set his home run record.

I wonder what will become of all that?

#2 | Posted by goatman at 2014-02-24 10:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

Could be a helluva summer home in Athens......

#3 | Posted by HanoverFist at 2014-02-24 10:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

Calgary made out fairly well... they get a lot of use from the old 1988 venues.

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-02-24 10:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

L.A. Coliseum - still there, still used. Fight on.

#5 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-02-24 10:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

The Bird's Nest is basically a food court now. Ouch. Only the Water Cube seems to be working out in China... because it was turned into a theme park. That's pretty cool, the Water Cube's space frame structure is an amazing piece of engineering and must make for a pretty sweet playground.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-02-25 07:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

Salt Lake City, Utah (---- for short) continues to celebrate their moment of fame. Park City is home to the US ski team. I don't know about every venue such as curling, but Snow Basin continues to operate as do multiple Ice Rinks for the public and skate racing practice. The Ski Jumps are intact and clearly visible on the way to Park City.

#7 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-02-25 10:10 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

It seems each new venue is more extravagant than the last as well. I mean China's venues were incredible architecturally and the ones in Sochi were also pretty cool. And they certainly used a lot of technology in the Fisht at least.

That said it is now it seems that it is almost purely a prestige thing. They don't plan for after the Olympics. Today they just spend Billions to put their city/country on display to the world for 3 weeks. The price tag keeps soaring. I wonder when that will change?

#8 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-02-25 10:38 AM | Reply | Flag:

Never really checked, but I always wondered if the investment was worth it. I'd seen pictures of the ones in Sarajevo but only in the context of the "ravages of war".

That picture of the one in Beijing is crazy though, so much smog can't the light poles in the background just fade away.

#9 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-02-25 10:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

Goatman they are supposedly going to invest a bunch of money for housing at Turner and fulton county stadium

#10 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-02-25 11:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

My life kind of sux now-Richard Jewel

#11 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-02-25 11:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

Yep...being dead probably does suck for Richard Jewel...!!!! He got a royal screwing..!!!

#12 | Posted by drsoul at 2014-02-25 04:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

Turner field has been in the middle of a ghetto section for it's entire existence and tons of monies have been appropriated to clean up that area, but it was all funneled out mysteriously and nothing ever really developed around there... the move to Cobb County is primarily for two reasons: 1) Will serve the majority of ticket holders better; 2) will be a safer area and actually better traffic wise (contrary to a lot of bitching).. the city of Atlanta and Fulton county never had any intention to clean up around Turner.. now, Reed the Mayor says plans have been on the table for a huge development company to create mixed development with housing and shopping in that space...but, if they do not clean up the area around it, nothing will probably ever be successful...good move to take Turner out of Fulton county...

#13 | Posted by drsoul at 2014-02-25 04:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

Dr I live about an hour north of Atlanta and when they made the announcement they had a young lady on the news asking if the area was safe there was literally a SWAT raid going on two blocks away.

#14 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-02-25 05:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

he move to Cobb County is primarily for two reasons: 1) Will serve the majority of ticket holders better; 2) will be a safer area and actually better traffic wise

You forgot reason #3: Someone that gave a lot of money to Tim Lee owns the land it is going to be built on.

#15 | Posted by 726 at 2014-02-25 05:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

Where in Cobb County will the new ball park be? What will it be called?

I lived in Kennesaw for 13 years. Wish it was in Cobb then!

#16 | Posted by goatman at 2014-02-25 05:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe we need to start re-using olympic stadiums until all the existing ones have suitable "afterlives".

#17 | Posted by Tor at 2014-02-25 05:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

Goatman...off intersection of Cobb Drive and 285, up from Galleria...

#18 | Posted by drsoul at 2014-02-25 06:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

726...there were several locations in Cobb and around that could have been selected....

#19 | Posted by drsoul at 2014-02-25 06:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

Goatman...off intersection of Cobb Drive and 285, up from Galleria..

Down in that little hollow to the east? When I lived there, there was talk of a professional hockey team coming to town and that was where they were going to be.

Damn! I used to work across the street from Cumberland Mall in that 17 story copper roofed buillding. I would've been walking distance. Would've been great for evening games, or even afternoon games since my boss was a big Braves fan and had season tickets.

#20 | Posted by goatman at 2014-02-25 06:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

Bored?

Check out what went on in Sarajevo after 84...

#21 | Posted by madbomber at 2014-02-26 12:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

That said it is now it seems that it is almost purely a prestige thing. They don't plan for after the Olympics. Today they just spend Billions to put their city/country on display to the world for 3 weeks. The price tag keeps soaring. I wonder when that will change?

#8 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE AT 2014-02-25 10:38 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

It's a sellout to developers. It doesn't cost $50,000,000,000 to do what they did in Sochi. Russian tax payers are eating the bill for basically Mafia labor rates.

#22 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-02-26 07:38 AM | Reply | Flag:

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