Were the Olympics ever going to be staged in the nuclear town of Pripyat, where the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe occurred back in 1986? Probably not. Was Pripyat ever going to have a major soccer team? No. But the nuke town did have a sizeable community of 50,000, and that community wanted to watch sports.
So that community built a stadium, roughly the size of a traditional high school stadium in the U.S. Sadly, the town was evacuated after one of the nuclear reactors at Chernobyl went off, creating an international crisis. The catastrophe left Pripyat an eerie ghost town, full of relics and artifacts that haven’t been disturbed in decades.