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What's going to happen to all the Olympic buildings after the games end?


When the Olympic Games are over, the stadiums and venues don't just go away. The games are notorious for leaving behind empty stadiums.

But Rio, despite all its problems, has a plan for that, Grist reports

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FILE - This April 4, 2016 file photo shows workers cleaning the Future Arena during a foreign media tour at Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which will host Olympic handball games and Paralympic goalball. Problems still hang over South America's first games, the most unsettled since the boycotted Olympics of the 1980s. Brazil President Dilma Rousseff is being impeached and is likely to be suspended when the games open Aug. 5, partly fallout from Brazil's worst recession in decades, 10-percent unemployment, and a $3 billion Petrobras corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

The Future Arena, where handball matches were held, will be turned into four schools. The building's parts are reportedly built "like Legos" and can be dismantled without much hassle.

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A swimmer practices at the Olympics Aquatic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

The aquatics stadiums will become community pools, and the media center will turn into a dorm for high school students.

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The Fisht Olympic stadium which will host some 2018 World Cup matches, is under reconstruction in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Artur Lebedev)

It wouldn't be the first time Olympic buildings were given new life. Sochi hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, and one of its arenas will host soccer's World Cup in 2018.

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China's National Stadium, right, and National Aquatics Center, the main venues for athletics and swimming competition at the 2008 Olympic Games, are seen in Beijing Wednesday Feb. 20, 2008. The National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest for its elaborate network of steel girders, will host the opening and closing ceremonies, and athletics and soccer competition at the games, which open Aug. 8. The National Aquatics Center, known as the Water Cube, will host swimming and diving competition. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

But there have also been high-profile failures. China's "Bird's Nest" soccer stadium was set to host a local club, but the team was embarrassed to play for 10,000 fans in a stadium that seats 90,000, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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