Rungrado May Day Stadium
|May Day Stadium|
|Location||Pyongyang, North Korea|
|Opened||May 1, 1989|
|Field dimensions||Main pitch- 22,500 m²
Total floor space- over 207,000 m²
|Parades/shows celebrating Kim Il-sung and North Korea.
North Korea national football team (some games)
The stadium was built as a main stadium for the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students in 1989. It is currently used for football matches, a few athletics matches, but most often for Arirang performances (also known as the Mass Games). The stadium can seat 150,000, which is the largest stadium in the world that is not used for auto racing.
The stadium is most famous for being the place where large shows celebrating Kim Il-sung and the North Korean nation were held. In June-July 2002, the "Arirang" gymnastic and artistic performances were held there. There were 100,000+ people taking part —double the number of people watching— and was open to foreigners, which is rare.
These performances now happen every year, usually in August and September. The Guinness Book of Records has recognized these events as the largest in the world.
- Watts, Jonathan (17 May 2002). "Despair, hunger and defiance at the heart of the greatest show on earth". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/korea/article/0,2763,717149,00.html.
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