The Olympics are long awaited every four years, and the host of the iconic games always makes sure that everything is very unique, creative and wonderful. Here’re 21 of the coolest stadiums to date.
Designed by supermodel Gigi Hadid’s father, the London Aquatics Centre is half brickwork and half glass, curved in shape and well suited for the aquatic competitions it hosted.
Athens were running well behind with the construction of the simple named Olympic Stadium in 2004, which is why the building has a simple structure – yet its size makes it truly impressive to see!
The Beijing Olympic stadium is called “The Bird’s Nest” and is incredible. It has been deemed a marvel regarding architecture, and when all lit up at night, it actually looks very unique.
The aquatics center used for the swimming events at the 2008 Olympics looks like it’s made of the same material as a bouncy castle and has a fun, child-like aspect to it. Quite unique and totally eye-catching.
The stadium in Stockholm is designed to look like a traditional castle, complete with flags and an archway entrance. It’s one of the grandest stadiums to date.
The Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, Russia, is quite a marvellous building, actually reflecting the sports that took place inside. The shape of the building is also very different.
Olympiastadion in Munich hosted the 1972 summer Olympics. The stadium is honestly like no other building around and mostly looks like a giant tent. It’s quite creative in its design.
From the outside, Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys doesn’t even look like a stadium – more like a historical monument or castle! It’s deceptive but incredible.
The London Stadium is a huge, circular building sat in the middle of a bustling city – yet once inside, it feels as though you’re in another world.
BC Place in Vancouver found itself being used for the winter Olympics in 2010. It’s very similar to the crown on the Statue of Liberty’s head; a simple yet effective design.
Arena Corinthians in Rio looks like it could be two separate, neighboring buildings, but it is just the one, made up of very different looking parts!
The Estadio Olimpico Universitario is unlike any other Olympic stadium, as it has a huge mural built into one of the walls. It’s a creative design unseen anywhere else!
The Panathenaic Stadium hosted the first ever modern Olympics. It is made entirely out of marble which means it fits in nicely with the surrounding architecture.
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is one of the tackier looking stadiums, and yet you can’t help but be struck dumb by it. It’s like a combination of LA spa and pre-school play room, but somehow it just works.
The unique and eye-catching Stadium in Montreal is a magnificent, one of a kind building. It arcs over trees and has an odd shaped ‘tower’ that stands tall in the sky, seen for miles around.
Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange is hosting this year’s Olympics. The stadium is gigantic in size, with a tent-like structure to provide coverage for the stadium.
Interestingly, this stadium was designed by Hitler; a circular stadium surrounded by stone pillars. Since then it has been adjusted slightly, eradicating traces of Hitler!
The Olympic Stadium hosted the second Asian based Olympics which was an incredible honor. Basic in shape, but bright and crazy in color, the Seoul stadium should not be overlooked!
Atlanta’s Olympic Stadium, the Centennial, is an asymmetric stadium that can seat as many as 80,000 people. It’s pretty incredible to visit, and one of the larger stadiums.
Over 100,000 people crammed themselves into the ANZ Stadium in Sydney. The Ozzies are nothing if not perfectionists – the stadium was reconfigured twice and renamed twice too!
The Velodrome de Vincennes in Paris was used for the 1900 Olympic games. It’s got quite an old design and is worth visiting as a tourist in France.