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What stadium were the ancient Olympics held in?

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July 31, 2012 9:21AM

The ancient Olympics were held at Olympia (near Elis, in the western Peloponnese, Greece). At first there was no stadium in the sense of a structure (stadion in Greek simply means "running-track"). The first stadium at Olympia was built about 550 BC, then remodelled in 500 BC with a sloped bank for spectators to stand on, and so on being re-built several times over nearly 900 years.

Eventually Olympia grew into a complex of temples, accommodations, and other facilities including a stadium for running, a hippodrome for horse-racing, a palaistra for wrestling, etc, etc.