Ten things you never knew about... stadiums
West Ham played their last game at Upton Park last night so let’s have a few facts about stadiums.
1. ‘Stadium’ was originally a Latin unit of distance roughly equal to an eighth of a mile.
2. In the early Olympic Games in ancient Greece, the only foot race was over the one stadium, (stadion, in Greek) the length of the arena. 3. In the 17th century, the word stadium began to be used in English for the arena itself.
4. The world’s largest sports stadium is in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang. Its capacity is said to be 150,000. 5. The main stadium for the London Olympics in 1908 cost about £60,000 to build. The 2012 stadium cost around £500 million. 6. There is a football stadium in Marina Bay, Singapore, which is a floating stage. A special boat is used to collect balls kicked over its fence. 7. The only football stadium in Europe with a higher capacity than Wembley’s 90,000 is Barcelona’s Camp Nou which holds 99,354... 8. ...but the Michigan Stadium for American Football can hold 107,601. 9. Sheffield’s Bramall Lane stadium, built in 1855, is the oldest in continuous use in the world. 10. Wembley’s volume of four million cubic metres would take seven billion pints of fluid to fill it.