Rungnado May Day Stadium, P’yôngyang

Rungnado 1st of May Stadium, Pyeongyang
The May Day stadium has 150,000 seats and a total floor space of more than 207,000m2.
This makes the MAY DAY Stadium the biggest stadium in the world! It’s a comprehensive athletic and cultural base where varieties of athletic activities can be held including football games. The inner stadium floor area covers 25,000m2 including 14,000m2 of which its athletic field is artificially made and 8,300m2 of lawn. Vertical axis of stadium is 450m and horizontal axis 350m.The stadium has eight storeys and is more than 60 metres high from the ground to the roof. The 60 metre long canopy is enough to cover the section of the stands. The pent of the inner roof is 60 metres long and the outer roof 40m long. The 16 arch roofs link with one another like flower petals.

The roofs look like a large flower floating on the clear water of the Taedong, or a parachute which has just landed, so it gives the impression of a dynamic sculpture. The stadium has 80 exits and ten lifts. The stadium is constructed in a parachute-shape and large slantwise semicircular arched roof made of 16 semicircular spans, covering a surface area of 94,000 m2, stretching 60m inwards and 40m outwards. 11,000 tons of structural steel was used in the roof construction alone.
The stadium was completed on May 1st, 1989.
Supreme enlarged assembly was adopted in the ceiling public business of May Day Stadium. The method won gold prize in the 16th International Invention and New Technology Exhibition held in Geneva, Switzerland in April 1988.

The stadium has various training halls, recreation rooms, an indoor swimming pool, an ultrasonic bat, a
sauna, beds and so on, which are indispensable for the players training and convenience. It also has
dining rooms, and a broadcasting room and telex booths. The rubberised indoor running track is several
hundred metres long and is on the sixth floor. 

Outside of the stadium, there are auxiliary stadiums covering 22,000m2 of which consists of football fields and artificially made athletic fields being besides the main stadium, and 3 special football training fields covering 11,000m2.

Information provided by: Koryogroup and Arirang Comittee of DPR Korea

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