If you're watching a college basketball game in person, chances are you're in an arena — a building specially designed for sporting events and large-scale rock concerts.

There's not much difference between an arena and a stadium, although an arena is enclosed and a stadium sometimes has an open roof. Football is usually played in a stadium, while basketball and other sports typically hold their games in arenas. The word arena originally meant "place of combat," and it's sometimes still used this way. Its root is harena, a kind of sand that was supposedly used on the floor during ancient Roman battles to soak up spilled blood.

Definitions of arena
  1. noun
    a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
    synonyms: bowl, sports stadium, stadium
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    Amphitheatrum Flavium
    a large amphitheater in Rome whose construction was begun by Vespasian about AD 75 or 80
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    amphitheater, amphitheatre, coliseum
    an oval large stadium with tiers of seats; an arena in which contests and spectacles are held
    ballpark, park
    a facility in which ball games are played (especially baseball games)
    a stadium where bullfights take place
    (antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games
    covered stadium, dome, domed stadium
    a stadium that has a roof
    football stadium
    a stadium where football games are held
    a stadium for horse shows or horse races
    an elevated box for viewing events at a sports stadium
    type of:
    construction, structure
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
  2. noun
    a playing field where sports events take place
    synonyms: scene of action
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    an arena consisting of an oval or circular area enclosed by tiers of seats and usually covered by a tent
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    athletic field, field, playing area, playing field
    a piece of land prepared for playing a game
  3. noun
    the central area of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and spectacles were held; especially an area that was strewn with sand
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    type of:
    area, country
    a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
  4. noun
    a particular environment or walk of life
    synonyms: area, domain, field, orbit, sphere
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    the sphere of work by women
    a sphere of activity involving effort
    kingdom, land, realm
    a domain in which something is dominant
    an area of control or responsibility
    political arena, political sphere
    a sphere of intense political activity
    a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone
    province, responsibility
    the proper sphere or extent of your activities
    lotus land, lotusland
    an idyllic realm of contentment and self-indulgence
    lap of the gods
    beyond human control or responsibility
    ecclesiastical province
    the district within the jurisdiction of an archbishop or a metropolitan or one of the territorial divisions of an ecclesiastical order
    type of:
    the totality of surrounding conditions
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