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Sports stadiums have long been the cornerstone of varied urban conglomerations. Today, sports stadiums are generally conceived of as large, enclosed, and often comfortable arenas in which the public can gather to watch both professional and amateur sporting competitions. Historically, in both Greek and Roman civilizations, sports stadiums occupied prominent material and ideological positions. From the 40,000 spectators at the stadium in Olympia to watch the 200-foot “stade” race in 776 BC to the vast coliseums of ancient Rome, stadiums can be seen as important symbolic models of particular conjunctural moments. Dependent upon the dominant mode of social regulation and production, sports stadiums have played differential roles in the morphology of the city. This can be demonstrated through conceptualizing sports stadiums over time in three ...

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