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Rungrado May Day Stadium

Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, located in Pyongyang, North Korea, is a behemoth that will dazzle even the most travelled sports fans. Spread across 51 acres and with a seating capacity of 114,000, it is the second largest non-racing stadium in the world. The main pitch which measures 22,500 sq meter can easily fit in three full-size football fields.

Rungrado 1st of May Stadium located in Pyongyang, North Korea, View of Rungrado 1st of May Stadium located in Pyongyang, North Korea,

The name of the stadium was based on two aspects, its location, set on Rungrado Islet in the Taedong River, and the international labor day May 1st, the day the stadium was inaugurated.

The stadium is used for a variety of purposes, of which its use for sporting activities is the most common. Football matches are common occurrence, and the North Korean national soccer team plays its international fixtures in this stadium. Several athletic events also take place in the stadium every year.

The largest attended event took place at the stadium on April 28th and 29th, 1995. The pay-per-view event promoted as "Collision in Korea" was the largest event ever in the history of professional wrestling. The two days recorded an attendance of 150,000 and 190,000.

The most popular and frequently occurring event at the stadium is the Arirang performance also known as Mass Games. The annual event has been accepted by The Guinness Book of Records as the largest in the world.

This stadium is near the top of the list of the World's Largest Sporting Stadiums (except horse racing and race car arenas).

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