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Rio Olympics site decaying, vandalized six months after event

This Feb. 2 photo shows seats jumbled in a pile inside Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo) This Feb. 2 photo shows seats jumbled in a pile inside Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

(RNN) - Six months after the Summer Olympic Games in Rio, Maracana Stadium is abandoned by all but vandals and decay.

The stadium is in the midst of a legal battle between the Olympics organizers, the state government and stadium operators to see who is liable for more than $1 million in unpaid electric bills.

In the meantime, the stadium lights have been turned off, CNN said.

Meanwhile, vandals have stolen TVs and ripped out thousands of seats.

Originally built in for the 1950 World Cup, the stadium underwent a $500 million renovation ahead of the 2014 World Cup. 

Construction for the Olympics park displaced an estimated 600,000 struggling Rio residents, the Washington Post reported.

Other Rio Olympic venues remain unused, including the golf venue.

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