The Best of Olympic Architecture

By Josephine Minutillo - 2014-03-21T16:34:04Z

Photograph by Caro/Alamy

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Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow


Much of the world did not get to experience Russia’s first stint hosting the Olympics. The 1980 Summer Games in Moscow are perhaps best remembered for the U.S.-led boycott that reduced the number of participating nations to 80, the lowest since 1956. Still, over 5,000 athletes competed, many within Luzhniki Stadium, the largest sports complex in the country. Built in 1956 when it was known as the Central Lenin Stadium, the nearly 80,000-capacity arena is set to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.