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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... An arena is an enclosed area, often circular or oval-shaped, designed to showcase theater, musical performances, or sporting events ... a particularly fine/smooth 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 ...
... 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 ...
... The arena was built as a replacement home for the Oshawa Generals, when the Hambly Arena burned down on September 15, 1953 ... played in nearby Bowmanville, Ontario 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 ...
... Kitchener Memorial Audiorium" with the Dom Cardillo Arena, two smaller community arenas the Kinsmen Arena and Kiwanis Arena, the Jack Couch Stadium baseball park ...
... 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 close to the O2 arena as well ... 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): A playing field where sports events take place.
Synonyms: scene of action
- (noun): The central area of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and spectacles were held; especially a sand-strewn area.
Famous quotes containing the word arena:
“This is a Senate of equals, of men of individual honor and personal character, and of absolute independence. We know no masters, we acknowledge no dictators. This is a hall for mutual consultation and discussion; not an arena for the exhibition of champions.”
—Daniel Webster (17821852)
“[I]t forged ahead to become a full-fledged metropolis, with 143 faro games, 30 saloons, 4 banks, 27 produce stores, 3 express officesand 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)
“O the joy of the strong-brawnd fighter, towering in the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent.”
—Walt Whitman (18191892)