While the world cheers on the athletes in London, it’s easy to forget that there are countless former Olympic venues around the globe that lay silent or are ghosts of their once glorious pasts. I stumbled upon a few today while digitizing my father’s vast collection of slides from the 1960s and 70s.
Soon after the Montreal games ended in the summer of 1976, my parents and brother took a trip up there. I guess they were still giving tours of the venues as my father managed to slip into the velodrome, the aquatic center, and the main stadium.
The velodrome looks gorgeous. Alas, it is no more as the city converted it into an ecosystem museum in 1989 named the Biodrome. In the pictures of Olympic Stadium, construction crews are already at work converting the field into the future home of the Montreal Expos. Now that the Expos are gone though, the stadium is home to the sporadic convention and tractor pull.
I haven’t been to Montreal in a while. What can our Canadian friends tell us about the aquatic center?