PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA (CelebrityAccess) Residents of Pyeongchang will be saying goodbye to the Winter Olympics as they wrap up this weekend. They will also say farewell to their $109 million Olympic stadium, which will have been used a grand total of…four times notes Zeeshan Aleem for Vox.
“The reason Pyeongchang plans to destroy the arena is pretty straightforward: The county it’s situated in has about 40,000 people,” Aleem notes.
“The spectacular impracticality of Pyeongchang’s Olympic stadium isn’t an outlier among Olympics venues — it’s actually rather typical. And it’s a powerful symbol of why fewer and fewer cities around the world want to host the Olympics.”
“The drop-off is striking. The 2004 Games garnered bids from 12 cities around the world. For the 2020 Games, the pool shrank to five bidders. Then the 2022 Winter Olympics and 2024 Summer Olympics managed to get only two bidders each.”