Definition of stadium in English:

stadium

noun

  • 1A sports arena with tiers of seats for spectators.

    • ‘The battle hotted up from halfway as spectators in the stadium watched nervously on the giant screens.’
    • ‘They grow up dreaming of hitting home runs in the Tokyo Dome and their own stadiums.’
    • ‘The stadiums of the clubs are great arenas where the teams play, and the game is fast and requires skill and passion.’
    • ‘The stadium now has 5,000 amber and black seats in its main stand and a new concourse bar at the back.’
    • ‘Major plans are now afoot to completely transform the Lower Lea Valley as the focus of London's 2012 Olympic bid, complete with sports stadia and athletes' village.’
    • ‘The Olympic stadium follows a rise-and-fall pattern of stillness and intense activity.’
    • ‘There are new disabled access paths into the stadium, new seats for carers and viewing restrictions have been removed.’
    • ‘More and more high schools are building larger and grander stadiums and gymnasiums.’
    • ‘Clusters of empty seats throughout the stadium were evidence that some had not overcome their disappointment.’
    • ‘We played in World Cup stadia every week and got the chance to visit a lot of different countries.’
    • ‘At the final whistle, the whole stadium gave the players a standing ovation for top class football.’
    • ‘Now most stadiums, even Premiership stadiums hold about 30,000 people.’
    • ‘Anders Frisk blows his whistle for full time and the stadium erupts.’
    • ‘Having conceded three goals in their own stadium, Celta Vigo have given themselves loads to do in the second leg.’
    • ‘Later this year, the international football governing authority FIFA will enforce a rule stating that games will have to be played in all-seater stadia with no temporary seating allowed.’
    • ‘A result of the Taylor recommendations following the Hillsborough disaster was that football stadia should provide seating for all spectators.’
    • ‘There's a real buzz around the stadium, a stadium where Brazil might be returning in a month's time for the final.’
    • ‘In fact, it would be a fair point to state that mandatory seating in Premier League stadia has played a role in lessening trouble in the stands.’
    • ‘A good competition with high standards of play will fill the stadiums.’
    • ‘And in a related development, government says it has set the ball rolling for the construction of the three modern stadia ahead of the 2010 World Cup set for South Africa.’
    arena, field, ground, pitch
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    1. 1.1 (in ancient Rome or Greece) a track for a foot race or chariot race.
      • ‘At first there was only one race, down the length of the stadium, and the games lasted only one day.’
      • ‘The stadium was the home of the ancient Olympics until they were stopped in 393AD.’
      • ‘Caligula was murdered by his own guard while exiting from the stadium of some public games.’
      • ‘The plans were sparked by the astonishing discovery of a Roman stadium at Colchester Garrison.’
      track, racetrack, racecourse, circuit, ground, speedway, velodrome, route, trail
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  • 2An ancient Roman or Greek measure of length, about 185 meters.

    • ‘Each stadia is 10 Mils long and spaced 10 Mils apart.’
    • ‘He then marked off where the lines of longitude crossed the parallel of Rhodes, taking 400 stadia per degree.’
    • ‘Of course how accurate this value is depends on the length of the stadium and scholars have argued over this for a long time.’
    • ‘The long and short of it: aunes, cubits, leagues, palms, stadia - old-fashioned units of measurement make it hard to do science.’
    • ‘Who is willing to believe that Alexandria is exactly 5000 stadia from Syene, whatever the value of the stadium?’

Origin

Late Middle English (in stadium (sense 2)): via Latin from Greek stadion. Sense 1 dates from the mid 19th century.

Pronunciation

stadium

/ˈsteɪdiəm//ˈstādēəm/