13. Avanhard Stadium, Pripyat, Ukraine
Not many sporting arenas have been abandoned in such dramatic circumstances as Avanhard Stadium in Pripyat, Ukraine. Indeed, the former home of now defunct soccer club FC Stroitel Pripyat has now been almost completely reclaimed by nature. It was abandoned April 1986 following the infamous explosion at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The soccer club subsequently moved to a new purpose-built replacement city called Slavutych, but kicked its last ball in 1988.
12. Washington Coliseum, Washington, D.C.
The Coliseum was originally built as an ice-hockey venue before becoming home to the NBA’s Washington Capitols. However, the stadium is probably most famous for hosting a non-sporting event. For it was here, on February 11, 1964, that The Beatles performed their first American concert. In the 1970s, though, the Coliseum fell out of use as a sporting venue. It subsequently became a temporary prison and then a parking lot before finally being transformed into a huge REI store.