What will happen to the Sochi Olympic venues? It is still unclear. But a Russian reporter, Alexander Valov, recently visited Sochi’s coastal cluster and took some eerie photos of the ghost town.
The site includes six venues, the Olympic Village and the Olympic Park, all of which were built from scratch on an unused plot of land. Alexander called the area around the Olympic Village “Dead City”. His photos remind us that many of the things built for the Olympics have no long term use.
A few arenas and other buildings will be used in the future (the media center will be turned into a mall), but the government is still behind according to the the post-Olympics planning schedule. Here are a few of Alexander’s snapshots.
Thousands of volunteers and military personnel have also left Sochi, beside the athletes
An apartment-style hotel complex
Olympic Village dorm where athletes resided
A crumbling road in Sochi
Long view of the Olympic Village
Road to the coastal cluster
One of the lawns of the Olympic Park
A bus stop (an amusement park under construction can be seen in the background)
Another deteriorating road
Empty streets and empty rooms
Olympic Village (Fisht Stadium in the background)
A stray dog near the boardwalk
Trash piling up in a drainage tunel
Bridge Resort Hotel
The main road leading to the Olympic Village
The future of the unfinished projects is unclear
Flooding in Sochi delayed construction before the Olympics
A construction site
An empty road in front of a hotel
The fate of Sochi is unknown