43 Signs That The London Olympics Will Be A Complete Disaster

London Oympics

Photo: Paul Gilham / Getty

This Friday the Summer Olympics will officially start — can London escape the “Olympic Curse”?We’ve had months to consider the question, and we’ve come to a pretty conclusive answer.

No.

In fact, unless there is some miracle during the games, the London Olympics may be remembered as one of the most disastrous of recent years.

We’ve come up with 43 reasons that we think the Olympics will be remembered as a disaster, and trust us, the list could have been longer — we probably could have come up with dozens of reasons related to the IOC “brand police” or the G4S fiasco alone.

Barcelona is the one city in the last 30 years has had an unambiguously positive legacy from the games.

It revamped the city's waterfront.

(Source: Vanity Fair)

In some cases, the Olympics have been directly tied to economic disaster. The Greek budget ballooned to $11 billion, almost double initial estimates.

Many of the sites built for the games now sit unused and empty.

(Source: AP)

Economists hired to check the feasibility of the London Olympics thought it was a bad idea.

'The quantifiable evidence to support each of the perceived benefits for mega-events is weak'.

(Source: Vanity Fair)

Regardless, the British Government set out to woo the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.). One top consultant was even paid $34,000 a month for his work on the bid.

(Source: Private Eye)

When the I.O.C. visited London, the U.K. government monitored their progress on the streets of London through CCTV—and turned off red lights to give them a smoother journey.

(Source: Vanity Fair)

The original budget that won the bid for the Games was around $3.9 billion.

(Source: Vanity Fair)

Costs inevitably spiraled. The Aquatics Centre, budgeted at $118 million, eventually ended up costing $434 million.

(Source: Vanity Fair)

The initial costs for reclaiming contaminated land for the Olympic Park—$1.6 billion — are said to be off by a factor of five.

(Source: Vanity Fair)

Before construction even began, costs were up to $8 billion on real estate.

(Source: Vanity Fair)

It's thought the U.K. government has spent $65 million on tickets to entertain dignitaries and business leaders.

(Source: AP)

Some now think that the games will cost around $19 billion. Even low estimates put it at 107% over budget.

(Source: Vanity Fair and BI)

Of that cost, the I.O.C. will only contribute around $1.6 billion.

(Source: Vanity Fair)

(Source: Vanity Fair)

(Source: Vanity Fair)

The city must also must set aside (and pay for) 40,000 hotel rooms, including 1,800 four and five star rooms for the I.O.C.

(Source: Vanity Fair)

He says all the VIP treatment is needed to help him do his job.

(Source: Daily Mail)

(Source: Vanity Fair)

Amazingly, wherever the Olympic flag is displayed, it MUST fly higher than the Union Jack.

(Source: Vanity Fair)

They can give fines of up to £20,000 ($31,000).

(Source: BI)

Even the Middleton family is being investigated for copyright infringement.

(Source: BI)

(Source: BI)

Another terrifying cost is security—$1.6 billion.

(Source: Vanity Fair)

Just a day after the country won the bid, 52 people were killed in a terrorist attack now known as the 7/7 bombings.

(Source: Vanity Fair)

12,000 police officers will patrol the capital every day of the Olympics, some with semi-automatic weapons.

(Source: Vanity Fair)

Senior officials have warned of unmanned poison drones in the sky.

(Source: Daily Mail)

Security forces even put surface-to-air missiles on top of this residential building.

(Source: BI)

(Source: AP)

Disastrously, the already controversial G4S private security company has announced it will fall short of numbers promised by 3,500.

Military personnel has to be drafted in to take their place.

(Source: BI)

That means that 17,000 troops will be on the streets of London — more than are currently in Afghanistan.

(Source: BI)

And right now its not entirely clear how much of the $355 million G4S contract the UK will get back.

(Source: BI)

Unemployed people bussed in to work as unpaid stewards before the games were reportedly told to sleep under London Bridge.

(Source: The Guardian)

London's major airport, Heathrow, is also bracing itself for huge problems.

(Source: AP)

UK Border Agency Staff have voted to strike a day before the Olympic opening ceremony, which probably means a travel chaos.

(Source: BI)

Commuters are being warned of queues of up to an hour to get onto the Underground during busier hours.

(Source: BI)

(Source: BI)

The new traffic measures are ALREADY causing angry protests, before the games even start.

(Source: GlobalPost)

The boost to tourism might not be worth it. Hotels are reportedly slashing their prices to get rid of all of their empty rooms.

(Source: The Guardian)

People aren't exactly sure what the legacy of the games will be. For example, the 376 feet high ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture hasn't attracted many fans.

(Source: BI)

The future of the London Olympic Stadium—which cost $780 million—is still unknown.

There's currently a legal battle between a number of soccer clubs to see who will inherit the stadium. It's unlikely anyone will know the outcome until after the games.

(Source: AP)

By the way, in that stadium a bottle of water will cost £1.60 ($2.54).

(Source: The Guardian)

And yes, the weather will probably be bad.

FINALLY: London Mayor Boris Johnson has the less than comforting words.

'This is the most exciting thing to happen to East London since the Great Fire of 1666!'

(Source: Vanity Fair)

NOW WATCH: Briefing videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.