A stadium (plural stadiums or stadia)[1] is a place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a tiered structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.[2]

Pausanias noted that for about half a century the only event at the ancient Greek Olympic festival was the race that comprised one length of the stadion at Olympia, where the word "stadium" originated.[3]

Most of the stadiums with a capacity of at least 10,000 are used for association football. Other popular stadium sports include gridiron football, baseball, cricket, the various codes of rugby, field lacrosse, bandy, and bullfighting. Many large sports venues are also used for concerts.


"Stadium" is the Latin form of the Greek word "stadion" (στάδιον), a measure of length equalling the length of 600 human feet.[4] As feet are of variable length the exact length of a stadion depends on the exact length adopted for 1 foot at a given place and time. Although in modern terms 1 stadion = 600 ft (180 m), in a given historical context it may actually signify a length up to 15% larger or smaller.[3]

The equivalent Roman measure, the stadium, had a similar length – about 185 m (607 ft) – but instead of being defined in feet was defined using the Roman standard passus to be a distance of 125 passūs (double-paces).

The English use of stadium comes from the tiered infrastructure surrounding a Roman track of such length.

Most dictionaries provide for both stadiums and stadia as valid English plurals.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Stadion
العربية: ملعب
ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܒܝܬ ܫܥܝܐ
asturianu: Estadiu
azərbaycanca: Stadion
башҡортса: Стадион
беларуская: Стадыён
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Стадыён
български: Стадион
bosanski: Stadion
brezhoneg: Stadion
català: Estadi
čeština: Stadion
dansk: Stadion
Deutsch: Stadion
eesti: Staadion
español: Estadio
Esperanto: Stadiono
فارسی: ورزشگاه
français: Stade
Gaeilge: Staid
galego: Estadio
한국어: 스타디움
հայերեն: Մարզադաշտ
हिन्दी: क्रीडांगन
hrvatski: Stadion
Bahasa Indonesia: Stadion
isiZulu: Inkundla
italiano: Stadio
עברית: אצטדיון
ქართული: სტადიონი
kaszëbsczi: Sztadion
қазақша: Стадион
Latina: Stadium
latviešu: Stadions
lietuvių: Stadionas
македонски: Стадион
मराठी: स्टेडियम
მარგალური: სტადიონი
Bahasa Melayu: Stadium
Nederlands: Stadion
日本語: スタジアム
norsk: Stadion
norsk nynorsk: Stadion
олык марий: Стадион
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Stadion
polski: Stadion
português: Estádio
română: Stadion
русский: Стадион
Scots: Stadium
Simple English: Stadium
slovenščina: Stadion
српски / srpski: Стадион
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Stadion
suomi: Stadion
тоҷикӣ: Майдон
Türkçe: Stadyum
українська: Стадіон
اردو: اسٹیڈیم
Tiếng Việt: Sân vận động
吴语: 运动场
粵語: 運動場
Zazaki: Stadyum
中文: 體育場