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World's First Stadium - "Panathenaic Stadium"

The first ever stadium in the world was built by Greeks in 330 BC. Not much surprise there since the familiar Olympic Games have come from Greece as well. But the World's first stadium was meant for the little known Panathenaic games.

The Panathenaic Stadium, Athens, Greece

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Back in Ancient Greece, people used to play games known as Panathenaic games, which were held every four years celebrating religious festival and prize giving.


Who built the first stadium in the world? and why?

It was the Athenian statesman Lykourgos, in 330 BC, that decided to build a stadium on the site of a simple racecourse to held the Panathenaic games, naming it Kallimarmaro (beautiful marble).

This became the first stadium the world has ever seen and for the record, it was made entirely out of marble.


Even to this day, it is the only stadium in the world that has been built entirely out of marble.


Later in 144 AD, an Athenian Roman senator Herodes Atticus, rebuilt the Panathenaic stadium to increase the capacity to 50,000 seats.


Since the rise of the Christianity, the stadium was abandoned for a very long time and only in 1869, people decided to refurbish it.


After the refurbishing, it hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896.




The Colosseum of Rome, Italy

Did you know?


The Colosseum in Rome is one of the seven wonders of the world.


It was built by the Roman emperor Vespasian in 70-80 AD.


In 2018, it was the most popular tourist attraction in the world, with more than 7 million visitors from the entire planet.

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