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Fallen Glory of the Pan Am Games

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In 1991, the 11th Pan American Games here held in Havana, Cuba. For sixteen days in August 4,519 athletes from 39 countries flooded the country participating in 32 different sports. The Estadio Panamericano, was the main stadium and has the capacity to hold 50,000 people.

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The stadium now which was the focus of such glory sits in ruins. The lighting, the seats details and structure have been left to decay.

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Surprisingly, the inner field is still well kept. Unfortunately, the only spectator now is a large image of Che Guevera overlooking the pitch.

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Visible from the main highway as you enter the city, the stadium is a reminder of Cuba’s international presence on the global stage.

Images by Richelle Sibolboro

Richelle Sibolboro is Managing Editor of OpenCity Projects

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