Olympic Stadium

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This article is about the show-piece stadia from various Olympic Games. For a list of stadia named Olympic Stadium, see Olympic Stadium (disambiguation).

The Olympic Stadium is the name usually given to the stadium of the Summer Olympic Games. Traditionally, the opening and closing ceremonies and the track and field competitions are held in the Olympic Stadium. Many, though not all, of these venues actually contain the words "Olympic Stadium" as part of their name. The Winter Olympic Games do not always have a central Olympic Stadium; however, some past games[which?] have. Early Winter Games often used figure skating venues as focal points and were designated as the Olympic Stadium, which usually hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.

Olympic Stadium may also be named a multi-purpose stadium which hosts Olympic sports.[1]

A number of stadiums have been used in more than one Olympics, in those cities that have held the Games more than once. While only one (the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum) has been the main stadium twice, a number, including both the Panathinaiko Stadio and the Vélodrome de Vincennes, have hosted events at subsequent Olympics. The London Games of 2012 were not opened and closed at the rebuilt Wembley Stadium, the site of the 1948 Olympic Stadium, but instead at a new stadium in Stratford. Wembley was, however, the venue for some 2012 Olympic football matches. Likewise, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which was the centrepiece stadium for the 1956, later hosted the first games of the Sydney 2000 football tournament.


Image Olympics Season Stadium Native name City Country New/old Capacity existing
Panathenaic Stadium 1896 oppening.jpg 1896 Summer Panathenaic Stadium Παναθηναϊκό στάδιο Athens  Greece Existing 80,000 Yes
Velodrome de Vincennes.jpg 1900 Summer Vincennes Velodrome Vélodrome de Vincennes Paris  France Existing 50,000 Yes
Francis Field 1904.jpg 1904 Summer Francis Field St. Louis  United States Existing 19,000 Yes
White City Stadium 1908.jpg 1908 Summer White City Stadium London  United Kingdom New 68,000 No
Olympic opening ceremony 1912.jpg 1912 Summer Olympic Stadium Stockholms Olympiastadion Stockholm  Sweden New 20,000 Yes
1920 Summer Olympic Stadium Olympisch Stadion Antwerp  Belgium New 12,771 Yes
1924 Winter Olympic Stadium Stade Olympique de Chamonix Chamonix  France New 45,000 Yes
Stade Yves du Manoir Colombes7.jpg 1924 Summer Olympic Stadium Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir Paris  France Existing 45,000 Yes
Bundesarchiv Bild 102-00789, St. Moritz, Eisstadion.jpg 1928 Winter St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink Eisstadion Badrutts Park
St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink
St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink
St. Moritz   Switzerland New Yes
Olympic Stadium Amsterdam 1928.jpg 1928 Summer Olympic Stadium Olympisch Stadion Amsterdam  Netherlands Existing, renovated 31,600 Yes
1932 Winter Lake Placid Speedskating Oval Lake Placid  United States New 7,500 Yes
General view of Los Angeles Olympic Stadium on the opening day of the Games of the Xth Olympiad, while contenders from all nations take the Olympic Athlete's Oath.jpg 1932 Summer Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles  United States Existing 101,574 Yes
Bundesarchiv R 8076 Bild-0020, Olympische Winterspiele.- Eröffnung.jpg 1936 Winter Large Olympic Hill Große Olympiaschanze Garmisch-Partenkirchen  Germany Existing Yes
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-R82532, Berlin, Olympia-Stadion (Luftaufnahme).jpg 1936 Summer Olympic Stadium Olympiastadion Berlin  Germany New 110,000 Yes
Bundesarchiv Bild 102-00789, St. Moritz, Eisstadion.jpg 1948 Winter St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink Eisstadion Badrutts Park
St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink
St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink
St. Moritz   Switzerland Existing Yes
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg 1948 Summer Wembley Stadium London  United Kingdom Existing 82,000 No
Bislett stadion1.jpg 1952 Winter Bislett Stadium Bislett Stadion Oslo  Norway Existing 20,000 Yes
Suomi-Portugali lämmittely.jpg 1952 Summer Olympic Stadium Olympiastadion
Helsinki  Finland Existing 40,000 Yes
Cortina 1971 2.jpg 1956 Winter Olympic Ice Stadium Stadio Olimpico del Ghiaccio Cortina d'Ampezzo  Italy Existing, renovated 12,000 Yes
MCG stadium.jpg 1956 Summer Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne  Australia Existing 100,000 Yes
1960 Winter Blyth Arena Squaw Valley  United States New 8,500 No
Rome Olympics 1960 - Opening Day.jpg 1960 Summer Olympic Stadium Stadio Olimpico Rome  Italy Existing 65,000 Yes
Bergisel-N.jpg 1964 Winter Bergiselschanze Innsbruck  Austria Existing 12,000 Yes
KokuritshuKasumigaoka-6.JPG 1964 Summer Olympic Stadium 国立霞ヶ丘陸上競技場 Tokyo  Japan Existing 57,363 Yes
Stade olympique - Grenoble 1968.jpg 1968 Winter Olympic Stadium Stade Olympique Grenoble  France Temporary 60,000 No
Estadio Olimpico Universitario CU.jpg 1968 Summer Olympic Stadium Estadio Olímpico Universitario Mexico City  Mexico Existing 83,700 Yes
1972 Winter Makomanai Open Stadium 真駒内屋外競技場 Sapporo  Japan New 30,000 Yes
Olympiastadion Muenchen.jpg 1972 Summer Olympic Stadium Olympiastadion Munich  West Germany New 80,000 Yes
Bergisel-N.jpg 1976 Winter Bergiselschanze Innsbruck  Austria Existing Yes
Le Stade Olympique de Montréal Nuit Arriere-Gauche.jpg 1976 Summer Olympic Stadium Stade Olympique Montreal  Canada New 66,308 Yes
Lake Placid - Cauldron.jpg 1980 Winter Lake Placid Equestrian Stadium Lake Placid  United States Existing 30,000 Yes
Luzhniki Inside View B Stand.jpg 1980 Summer Grand Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium Гранд Арена Центрального стадиона имени Ленина Moscow  Soviet Union Existing 103,000 Yes
Asim Ferhatovic Hase.jpg 1984 Winter Olympic Stadium Olimpijski stadion Sarajevo  Yugoslavia Existing 50,000 Yes
400 meter track at the 1984 Summer Olympics.JPEG 1984 Summer Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles  United States Existing 93,607 Yes
McMahon Stadium 3.jpg 1988 Winter McMahon Stadium Calgary  Canada Existing 38,205 Yes
Seoul.Olympic.Stadium.01 copy.jpg 1988 Summer Olympic Stadium 올림픽주경기장 Seoul  South Korea Existing 69,950 Yes
1992 Winter Theatre of Ceremonies Théâtre des Cérémonies Albertville  France Temporary 35,000 No
Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys.JPG 1992 Summer Olympic Stadium Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc
Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc
Barcelona  Spain Existing 70,000 Yes
Lysgård.JPG 1994 Winter Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena Lysgårdsbakkene hoppanlegg Lillehammer  Norway New 35,000 Yes
Atlantaolympicstadium.JPG 1996 Summer Centennial Olympic Stadium
(Turner Field)
Atlanta  United States New 85,000 Yes[3]
Nagano Olympic Stadium.jpg 1998 Winter Nagano Olympic Stadium 長野オリンピックスタジアム Nagano  Japan New 30,000 Yes
Homebush stadium.jpg 2000 Summer Stadium Australia Sydney  Australia New 114,714 Yes
RSL at Rice-Eccles.jpg 2002 Winter Rice-Eccles Stadium Salt Lake City  United States Existing 45,017 Yes
2004 Summer Olympic Stadium Ολυμπιακό Στάδιο "Σπύρος Λούης" Athens  Greece Existing 71,030 Yes
Stadio Olimpico Torino Italy.jpg 2006 Winter Olympic Stadium Stadio Olimpico di Torino Turin  Italy Existing 28,000 Yes
Birds Nest Cropped.jpg 2008 Summer Beijing National Stadium 北京國家體育場 Beijing  China New 91,000 Yes
BCplace stadium.jpg 2010 Winter BC Place Stadium Vancouver  Canada Existing 54,500 Yes
Ndp-2007.JPG 2010 Youth Summer The Float@Marina Bay Pentas Terapung Teluk Marina  Singapore Existing 30,000 Yes
Bergisel-N.jpg 2012 Youth Winter Bergiselschanze Innsbruck  Austria Existing Yes
London 2012 Olympic Stadium (13 July 2012).jpg 2012 Summer Olympic Stadium London  United Kingdom New 80,000 Yes
Стадион Фишт.JPG 2014 Winter Fisht Olympic Stadium Олимпийский стадион Sochi  Russia New 40,000 Yes
Nanjing Olympic Sports Center main gym.jpg 2014 Youth Summer Olympic Stadium 南京奥林匹克体育中心 Nanjing  China Existing 61,443 Yes
Maracana Stadium June 2013.jpg 2016 Summer Maracanã Stadium Estádio do Maracanã Rio de Janeiro  Brazil Existing, renovated 88,992 Yes
2018 Winter Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium 횡계 올림픽 파크 Pyeongchang  South Korea Temporary 50,000 Not Yet Built
2020 Summer Olympic Stadium 国立霞ヶ丘陸上競技場 Tokyo  Japan Existing, replacement 80,000 Yes

Other major events[edit]

Venue City Events
Olympic Stadium Netherlands Amsterdam 2016 European Athletics Championships
Panathenaic Stadium Greece Athens 1967–68 FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup
Olympiako Stadio Athinas 'Spyros Louis' Greece Athens 1983, 1994 and 2007 UEFA Champions League Final, 1997 World Championships in Athletics, WRC Acropolis Rally SuperSpecial Stage 2005 and 2006, 2006 IAAF World Cup
Centennial Olympic Stadium United States Atlanta 1999 World Series and 2000 MLB All-Star Game (as Turner Field)
Beijing National Stadium China Beijing 2015 World Championships in Athletics
Olympic Stadium Germany Berlin 2006 FIFA World Cup Final, 2009 World Championships in Athletics, official opening game of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and 2015 UEFA Champions League Final
Olympic Stadium Finland Helsinki 1983 and 2005 World Championships in Athletics
Olympic Stadium United Kingdom London 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships and 2017 IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Wembley Stadium United Kingdom London 1966 FIFA World Cup Final, UEFA Euro 1996 Final, 1992 European Cup Final, 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, 2013 UEFA Champions League Final, annual FA Cup Final
White City Stadium United Kingdom London 1934 British Empire Games
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum United States Los Angeles Super Bowl I (1967), Super Bowl VII (1973), 1959 World Series, and second game of the 1959 MLB All-Star Game
Melbourne Cricket Ground Australia Melbourne 1992 Cricket World Cup Final, 2006 Commonwealth Games, annual AFL Grand Final
Estadio Olímpico Universitario Mexico Mexico City 1955 Pan American Games
Olympic Stadium Canada Montreal 1982 MLB All-Star Game; many Grey Cups; 10 matches in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, including the final; nine matches in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
Luzhniki Stadium Russia Moscow 2013 World Championships in Athletics, 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, 2018 FIFA World Cup Final
Olympic Stadium Germany Munich 1974 FIFA World Cup Final, 1979 European Cup Final, UEFA Euro 1988 Final, 1993 and 1997 UEFA Champions League Finals
Bislett Stadion Norway Oslo 1946 European Athletics Championships
Lysgårdsbakken Norway Lillehammer FIS Ski Jumping World Cup and FIS Nordic Combined World Cup
Vélodrome de Vincennes France Paris 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974 and 1974 Tour de France closing stage
Stade Olympique de Colombes France Paris 1938 FIFA World Cup Final
Estádio do Maracanã Brazil Rio de Janeiro 1950 FIFA World Cup Final, 2000 FIFA Club World Championship Final, 2007 Pan American Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Final and 2014 FIFA World Cup Final
Stadio Olimpico Italy Rome 1977 and 1984 European Cup Finals, 1987 World Championships in Athletics, 1990 FIFA World Cup Final, 1996 and 2009 UEFA Champions League Final
Olympic Stadium South Korea Seoul 1986 Asian Games, 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup finals
Fisht Olympic Stadium Russia Sochi 2018 FIFA World Cup
Stockholm Olympic Stadium Sweden Stockholm 1958 European Athletics Championships; 2001, 2002 and 2004 Speedway Grand Prix of Sweden
Stadium Australia Australia Sydney 2003 Rugby World Cup Final, annual NRL Grand Final
Olympic Stadium Japan Tokyo 1958 Asian Games, 1991 World Championships in Athletics, Intercontinental Cup and 2019 Rugby World Cup Final
Stadio Olimpico di Torino Italy Turin 1934 European Athletics Championships
BC Place Canada Vancouver Two Grey Cups (2011 and 2014); nine matches in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, including the final


  1. ^ Olympic Stadium. Big Olympic Encyclopedia. Moscow 2006.
  2. ^ "Atlanta to demolish Turner Field". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  3. ^ After the 1996 Paralympics, the stadium was reconfigured (as planned) into the baseball-specific Turner Field. It is scheduled to be demolished in 2017 after the Atlanta Braves, the stadium's main tenant since its reconfiguration, move into a new stadium in Cobb County, Georgia.[2]

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