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The best Olympic stadiums over the years

2012-07-27 06:37:11 GMT2012-07-27 14:37:11(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Beijing National StadiumThe Bird's Nest, or more officially the National Stadium was designed for the 2008 Beijing games by the Swiss architecture firm, Herzog & de Meuron, along with the Chinese architect Li Xinggang. The design was inspired by Chinese ceramics, and the stadium's bowl-like curves and criss-crossing steel beams give the impression of a nest. Provided to the Huffington Post.

Olympic Stadium Munich The Olympiastadion was built for the 1972 summer Olympics in Munich by architects Frei Otto, Gunther Behnisch, Hermann Peltz, and Carlo Weber. The centerpiece of the stadium are the sweeping canopies made up of acrylic glass held in place by steel cables. The design was meant to mirror the Alps and offer a light and open counterpart to the 1936 Berlin Olympics which were a showcase for the Nazi Regime. The disaster of the 'Black September' attack on the Israeli contingent in the Olympic village erased such hopes and ushered in the high security regime of the summer games to follow. Provided to the Huffington Post.

Estadio Olímpico Universitario Mexico CityEstadio Olímpico Universitario is a stadium located in Mexico City that hosted the summer games of 1968. The original stadium opened in 1952 for use as a football arena for matches between American colleges and Mexican public universities. In retrospect this initial use is sadly ironic given that Mexican authorities opened fire on protesting students ten days before theopening ceremonies. Provided to the Huffington Post.

The Olympic Stadium of Montreal, nicknamed 'The Big O' in reference to the doughnut shape of the roof and the 'O' of Olympics, and fitting for a games notorious for its astronomical costs. The Stadium was designed for the 1976 games by French architect Roger Tallibert and its retractable roof is its more striking feature. Although the building is cited as a masterpiece of organic modern architecture, the structure has suffered considerable damage since its construction. Provided to the Huffington Post.

London's 2012 summer Olympic Stadium began construction in May 2008 and opened in 2011. The architectural firm, Populous (who also designed the new Yankee Stadium, Stadium Australia in Sydney, as well as the soccer stadium in Johannesburg that housed the 2010 World Cup), won the bid for the design. The Stadium is designed to be partially dismantled for use after the games. Provided to the Huffington Post.

The Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens hosted the first modern Olympic games in 1896. The Stadium was reconstructed from the remains of the ancient Greek Stadium where the Panathenaic Games were hosted. It was first constructed out of wood, and then was renovated in 329 BC using pentelic marble from the mountains. Provided to the Huffington Post.

The Olympic Stadium in Athens , also known as "Spiros Louis," is named after the first modern Olympic marathon race winner in 1896. The Stadium was originally built in the early 1980s to host the 1982 European Championships in Athletics. Provided to the Huffington Post.

With the Olympic ceremonies just one day away, we decided to take a look back at some of the best Olympic Stadium architecture through the years, and see how this year's stacks up.

(Agencies)

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