See Atlanta’s 1996 Olympic Stadium now in disrepair

Eerie photographs have revealed the crumbling stays of an deserted American soccer stadium that hosted area hockey throughout the 1996 Olympics. The photographs present disintegrating concrete stands overlooking an overgrown soccer area crammed with dandelions and different weeds.
The deserted Olympic stadium. Image by Jeff Hagerman/MDW

Other footage present the bowels of the stadium that have suffered by the hands of vandals as graffiti adorns each wall.  The images have been taken on the Alonzo Herndon Stadium in Atlanta, USA by native photographer Jeff Hagerman.

The amenities have been left to crumble. Image by Jeff Hagerman/MDW

“We were exploring the abandoned dorm building next door and just decided to check out the stadium,” he defined. “It wasn’t until later that I found out that it was used for the 1996 Summer Olympics and for the movie We Are Marshall. It was built in 1948. There aren’t too many abandoned stadiums, so it’s a unique location, especially for Atlanta, where the growing economy has renovated or destroyed most of the cities interesting abandonments.”

The Alonzo Herndon Stadium in Atlanta. Image by Jeff Hagerman/MDW

The stadium is on the campus of Morris Brown College and was as soon as capable of accommodate 15,011 folks.  During the 1996 Olympics, hosted by Atlanta, the stadium was used for area hockey. It was additionally home to the Georgia Mustangs and the Atlanta Beat ladies’s soccer membership within the defunct WUSA league.

Graffiti adorns each wall. Image by Jeff Hagerman/MDW

The 2006 film, We Are Marshalls, used the stadium as a stand-in for the demolished Fairfield Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia throughout filming. “I just love the history behind these places and it’s amazing to me how they can become discarded and forgotten,” stated Jeff.

The soccer area stuffed with weeds. Image by Jeff Hagerman/MDW

“It’s also a challenge to document the places before they’re destroyed or remodelled into the next version of what they’ll become.  People are usually surprised that a place like this exists, that it could be used for the Olympics just twenty years ago and now it’s in such disrepair and just kind of hidden from the general public.”

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