What is arena?

  • (noun): A large structure for open-air sports or entertainments.
    Synonyms: stadium, bowl, sports stadium
    See also — Additional definitions below

Arena

An arena is an enclosed area, often circular or oval-shaped, designed to showcase theater, musical performances, or sporting events. The word derives from Latin harena, a particularly fine/smooth sand used to absorb blood in ancient arenas like the Colosseum in Rome. It is composed of a large open space surrounded on most or all sides by tiered seating for spectators. The key feature of an arena is that the event space is the lowest point, allowing for maximum visibility. Usually, an arena is designed to accommodate a fairly large number of spectators.

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Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex
... Memorial Audiorium" with the Dom Cardillo Arena, two smaller community arenas the Kinsmen Arena and Kiwanis Arena, the Jack Couch Stadium baseball park ...
Arena
... An arena is an enclosed area, often circular or oval-shaped, designed to showcase theater, musical performances, or sporting events ... sand used to absorb blood in ancient arenas like the Colosseum in Rome ... The key feature of an arena is that the event space is the lowest point, allowing for maximum visibility ...
Oshawa Civic Auditorium - History
... The arena was built as a replacement home for the Oshawa Generals, when the Hambly Arena burned down on September 15, 1953 ... for one season until construction on the new arena was finished ... In June 2005, construction began on a replacement arena in downtown Oshawa, the General Motors Centre ...
Olympia (Helsingborg)
... The updated arena will be opened in 2014 ... This will be the fourth updating of the arena since 1985 ... Before 1985 the arena was in a dreadful state with athletic running tracks, wooden stands, and a very poor lightning system ...
O2 Arena (Prague)
... O2 Arena (formerly Sazka Arena, stylised as O2 arena) is a multi-purpose arena, in Prague, Czech Republic ... O2 Arena is easily accessible by public transport, from line B metro station Českomoravská, tram stops and bus stops Praha-Libeň railway station is ... O2 Arena is the home of Czech Extraliga team HC Slavia Praha and partly home of HC Lev Prague team from KHL ...

More definitions of "arena":

  • (noun): The central area of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and spectacles were held; especially a sand-strewn area.
  • (noun): A playing field where sports events take place.
    Synonyms: scene of action

Famous quotes containing the word arena:

    O the joy of the strong-brawn’d fighter, towering in the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent.
    Walt Whitman (1819–1892)

    Children treat their friends differently than they treat the other people in their lives. A friendship is a place for experimenting with new ways of handling anger and aggression. It is an arena for practicing reciprocity, testing assertiveness, and searching for compromise in ways children would not try with parents or siblings.
    Lawrence Kutner (20th century)

    [I]t forged ahead to become a full-fledged metropolis, with 143 faro games, 30 saloons, 4 banks, 27 produce stores, 3 express offices—and an arena for bull-and-bear fights, which, described by Horace Greeley in the New York Tribune, is said to have given Wall Street its best-known phrases.
    —For the State of California, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)