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

Definition of stadium

1a : 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)
2a : a course for footraces in ancient Greece originally one stadium in length
b : a tiered structure with seats for spectators surrounding an ancient Greek running track
c : a large usually roofless building with tiers of seats for spectators at sports events
3 [ New Latin, from Latin ] : a stage in a life history especially : one between successive molts of an insect

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Synonyms for stadium


bowl, circus, coliseum, colosseum

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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

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Last month, the White Sox and Nationals both extended their stadium's netting from foul pole to foul pole. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Astros to extend protective netting at Minute Maid Park," 8 Aug. 2019 The move makes the Eagles one of just a few other franchises that have a sensory room at its home stadium. Ashley Boucher,, "Philadelphia Eagles Build Sensory Room for Fans with Autism in Step Toward 'Inclusive Environment'," 8 Aug. 2019 As crews continue working toward its Spring 2020 opening, Louisville City FC announced the name of its new soccer stadium on Monday. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City FC announces the signing of defender Akil Watts," 6 Aug. 2019 McGahee’s 77-yard touchdown, followed by Le’Ron McClain’s 82-yard touchdown, ruined the Dallas Cowboys’ finale in what had been their home stadium since 1971. Giana Han,, "Willis McGahee becomes emotional as he announces his retirement as a Baltimore Raven," 2 Aug. 2019 Orlando City manager James O’Connor, the head coach of the MLS All-Stars, said Orlando City players should all be motivated and inspired by having the league’ s showcase event being held in their home stadium. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City needs to build on soccer momentum created by MLS All-Star Game," 2 Aug. 2019 FC Cincinnati will move into its new West End stadium in 2021. Michael Perry,, "How much did FC Cincinnati season tickets increase for 2020 Major League Soccer season?," 29 July 2019 The Raiders plan to move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season, although a recent agreement with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority could keep the team in Oakland for that season if its new stadium in Las Vegas is not ready. Bob Egelko,, "Oakland’s antitrust lawsuit against the Raiders is dismissed — for now," 26 July 2019 High Point is set to begin using TrackMan at its home stadium this Friday, according to team officials. Jacob Bogage, Twin Cities, "WATCH: Former Twins pitcher Frank Viola is first coach in baseball ejected for arguing calls made by computer," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of stadium

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stadium

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek stadion

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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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