A stadium is a large outdoor venue for sports or concerts. If you were a Roman emperor, you might've watched a chariot race at a stadium, but these days you're more likely to go to a stadium see a football game or your favorite band.

The word stadium is the Latin form of the Greek stadion, which was a length of about 600 human feet. Running tracks at the earliest Greek Olympics were approximately one stadion in length, and Roman tracks of a similar size were surrounded by tiered seating — which led to the English meaning of stadium, a track or field in the middle of tiered seats.

Definitions of stadium

n a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments

arena, bowl, sports stadium
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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
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construction, structure
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

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