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If You Rebuild It...

Five former professional sports homes have found new life
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BEFORE

AFTER

THE PYRAMID

MEMPHIS

It was a weird place to play basketball, as the Grizzlies and Tigers did there for years. It's even weirder as a Bass Pro Shops megastore.

THE SUMMIT

HOUSTON

The Rockets called it home for 27 years. They had some bad seasons, but they never filled it with pew like Joel Osteen did, making it a 16,800-seat church in 2003.

HIGHBURY STADIUM

LONDON

Arsenal kicked it in Highbury for 93 years. In 2009 it was converted to 650 flats. The marble walls were kept intact, but the pitch was remade as a garden. Hooligans.

BUSH STADIUM

INDIANAPOLIS

This Art Deco minor league park dates to 1931, and in 2013 it was remade as 138 apartments with funky-shaped rooms and field views. The owner's suite and ticket booth remain. Hot dogs not included.

NATIONAL AQUATIC CENTER

BEIJING

Michael Phelps's golden palace of 2008 is now the Happy Magic Water Cube Water Park, complete with a tornado slide that promises the "Joy of Heaven."

THEY SAID IT

"My training staff and my acupuncturist and my massage therapist deserve a lot of credit for getting me back on the field."

Aaron Rodgers

Packers quarterback thanking everyone but his manicurist after dealing with foot, calf and hamstring injuries en route to winning this year's MVP.

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ISTOCK (PYRAMID OLD)

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BASS PRO SHOPS (PYRAMID NEW)

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BILL BAPTIST/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (SUMMIT OLD)

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FRANK E. LOCKWOOD/LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER/MCT/GETTY IMAGES (SUMMIT NEW)

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TOM JENKINS/GETTY IMAGES (HIGHBURY OLD)

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DENNIS GILBERT/VIEW/GETTY IMAGES (HIGHBURY NEW)

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CHARLIE NYE/THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR/AP (BUSH OLD)

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KELLY WILKINSON/THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR/AP (BUSH NEW)

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HEINZ KLUETMEIER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (AQUATIC CENTER)

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COURTESY OF WHITEWATER (WATER PARK)

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ROBERT BECK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (RODGERS)