stadium

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
  1. noun
    a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
    synonyms: 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)
    bullring
    a stadium where bullfights take place
    circus
    (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
    hippodrome
    a stadium for horse shows or horse races
    skybox
    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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