sta·​di·​um | \ ˈstā-dē-əm How to pronounce stadium (audio) \
plural stadiums or stadia\ ˈstā-​dē-​ə How to pronounce stadium (audio) \

Definition of stadium

1 : a large usually roofless building with tiers of seats for spectators at sports events
2a : a tiered structure with seats for spectators surrounding an ancient Greek running track
b : a course for footraces in ancient Greece
3a : any of various ancient Greek units of length ranging in value from 607 to 738 feet (about 185 to 225 meters)
b : an ancient Roman unit of length equal to 607 feet (185 meters)
4 [New Latin, from Latin] : a stage in a life history especially : one between successive molts of an insect

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Examples of stadium in a Sentence

the football game will be held at the new stadium, which seats 100,000 people
Recent Examples on the Web Administrators said the ceremonies are expected to take place on the same day about three hours apart, which will allow time for spectators to exit the stadium. Steve Schering,, "Two outdoor graduation ceremonies being planned for OPRF High School students in May," 9 Apr. 2021 All told, Harris held 48 season tickets inside the stadium. Edgar Thompson,, "Orlando attorney Stumpy Harris, the ‘ultimate Gator fan,’ remembered for passion, generosity," 8 Apr. 2021 Located on a vast parking lot south of the football stadium at Floyd Street and Central Avenue, the drive-through vaccine site will be open for the next six weeks to provide COVID-19 vaccine free to anyone 16 or older. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "New U of L COVID-19 vaccination super-site ready to open Monday at Cardinal Stadium," 8 Apr. 2021 The NFL Draft runs from April 29 through May 1 and takes place at FirstEnergy Stadium, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center, with the draft’s main stage set up behind the stadium. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame readies Super Bowl halftime exhibit for NFL Draft," 8 Apr. 2021 Visual markers and signage will be in place throughout the stadium to ensure compliance. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Take me out to the ballgame. Take me out to the crowd. Um, on second thought ...," 8 Apr. 2021 Among other efforts to follow health and safety guidelines, fans can skip concession lines by ordering on mobile using the MLB Ballpark App or QR codes throughout the stadium. Nathan Ruiz,, "What you need to know if you’re attending Orioles Opening Day at Camden Yards," 7 Apr. 2021 And there will be 17 Twins home games in the next three weeks, which could bring 10,000 fans, or about a fourth of the stadium's capacity, downtown each time. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, "With Twins game, downtown businesses are ready for the most action in a year," 7 Apr. 2021 Cancelling the event also means Georgia misses out on the revenue that MLB's All-Star Game would have generated to repay the financing for the Atlanta Braves' Truist Park stadium. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "For MLB, moving All-Star Game out of Georgia is a financial whiff," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of stadium

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for stadium

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek stadion

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The first known use of stadium was in the 14th century

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11 Apr 2021

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“Stadium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stadium

: a very large usually roofless building that has a large open area surrounded by many rows of seats and that is used for sports events, concerts, etc.


sta·​di·​um | \ ˈstā-dē-əm How to pronounce stadium (audio) \
plural stadiums or stadia\ ˈstā-​dē-​ə \

Kids Definition of stadium

: a large usually outdoor structure with rows of seats for spectators at sports events

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