How Stadiums Evolved From Ancient Greece to Today

Today's stadiums are entertainment destinations that consist of malls and/or restaurants, but where did it all start?
Loukia Papadopoulos

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Did you know that stadiums date back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, nearly 3,000 years ago? The oldest known stadium is Olympia in Greece, where the Olympic Games were held in 776 BC.

We have come a long way since then, as that stadium consisted of a flat track that was paved with clay and surrounded by small hills. However, the first modern stadium, built using concrete and steel, dates back to 1903.

It was called the Harvard Stadium and it was a U-shaped college football stadium in the northeast U.S. These early modern concrete stadiums were single-purpose stadiums, built only for one sport.

The end of World War II saw the introduction of multipurpose concrete stadiums, such as the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington which could host several sports.

Today's stadiums are even more advanced. They are not just about the games: they are about a total entertainment experience. Going to a stadium means going somewhere where you can also shop and dine.

That's why today's stadiums are such massive construction. They often come with mini-malls and lots of restaurants. Want to find out more about these impressive structures of entertainment? Then watch our video.

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