The sad story of silent Sydney
Today, the visitors to Olympic Park are greeted by the sound of silence.
Small groups quietly tour an area designed to comfortably hold 400,000 people at a time.
"Most days you could take out a gun, fire in any direction and be guaranteed not to hit anybody," a construction worker said of the complex that houses all the major arenas.
Chris Hartcher, a politician who opposed the Games, said Sydney taxpayers face a financial "black hole" for years to come. But he acknowledged that the enormous sense of national pride generated by the Games outweighs the financial fallout.
"The euphoria of the Games took things beyond any concerns about cost," he said.
"People did not believe the Games would be as successful as they were. No one is worrying about it now. It will be some time before all this sinks in."