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The Mighty Mayday stadium in Pyongyang (DPRK)
The Mighty Mayday stadium in Pyongyang (DPRK)
Published: 2012/11/17
Channel: nilov71
Pyongyang, North Korea - Rungnado May Day Stadium
Pyongyang, North Korea - Rungnado May Day Stadium
Published: 2014/04/10
Channel: The Stadium Channel
Minecraft - TIMELAPSE - Rungrado 1st of May Stadium + DOWNLOAD [Official]
Minecraft - TIMELAPSE - Rungrado 1st of May Stadium + DOWNLOAD [Official]
Published: 2016/08/05
Channel: TheHolder
[English] May Day Stadium in Pyongyang
[English] May Day Stadium in Pyongyang
Published: 2016/11/07
Channel: Explore DPRK
North Korea 2011 Mass Games highlights with English subtitles (1 of 2)
North Korea 2011 Mass Games highlights with English subtitles (1 of 2)
Published: 2011/08/28
Channel: Richard Betts
Minecraft - MEGABUILD - Rungrado 1st of May Stadium + DOWNLOAD [Official]
Minecraft - MEGABUILD - Rungrado 1st of May Stadium + DOWNLOAD [Official]
Published: 2016/08/05
Channel: PreFXDesigns
The Largest Stadium In The World / Rungrado 1st of May Stadium / Pyongyang, North Korea
The Largest Stadium In The World / Rungrado 1st of May Stadium / Pyongyang, North Korea
Published: 2016/12/18
Channel: Paul Hopkins
May Day Stadium - reconstruction is over!
May Day Stadium - reconstruction is over!
Published: 2014/11/21
Channel: DPRK Sports
North-South Workers Football Matches Held
North-South Workers Football Matches Held
Published: 2015/10/31
Channel: DPRK Sports
2013 Arirang Mass Games: Part 1 of 4, 9 September,  May Day Stadium, Pyongyang
2013 Arirang Mass Games: Part 1 of 4, 9 September, May Day Stadium, Pyongyang
Published: 2013/09/29
Channel: colin woodward
10 World
10 World's Largest Football (Soccer) Stadiums
Published: 2017/04/09
Channel: Engineering8
10 World
10 World's Largest Stadiums
Published: 2015/10/26
Channel: Engineering8
North Korea. May Day Stadium - reconstruction (20.06.2014)
North Korea. May Day Stadium - reconstruction (20.06.2014)
Published: 2014/07/05
Channel: DPRK Sports
The 10 Biggest Stadiums in The World (2015) | Amazing Earth
The 10 Biggest Stadiums in The World (2015) | Amazing Earth
Published: 2015/07/05
Channel: AmazingEarth
Football match at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea - Travel Shorts 2
Football match at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea - Travel Shorts 2
Published: 2015/10/15
Channel: Daniel Hough
Mass Games at May Day Stadium, Pyongyang, North Korea
Mass Games at May Day Stadium, Pyongyang, North Korea
Published: 2011/03/02
Channel: The Last Places On Earth
Rungrado-May-Day-Stadium
Rungrado-May-Day-Stadium
Published: 2017/01/12
Channel: World Viewers Stop
Rungrado Stadium in North Korea (World Largest Stadium)
Rungrado Stadium in North Korea (World Largest Stadium)
Published: 2016/12/11
Channel: Computer and Technology
Outside May Day Stadium
Outside May Day Stadium
Published: 2012/03/10
Channel: Yangpa Tours
Rungrado 1st of May Stadium the largest stadium in the world
Rungrado 1st of May Stadium the largest stadium in the world
Published: 2015/04/01
Channel: Adventure Story
Do you know ........... The biggest Stadium in the World ?
Do you know ........... The biggest Stadium in the World ?
Published: 2017/05/25
Channel: The Ultimate Mag
Arirang Festival 2013 opening scene
Arirang Festival 2013 opening scene
Published: 2013/10/08
Channel: joge81
Rungrado May Day Stadium
Rungrado May Day Stadium
Published: 2017/02/23
Channel: STADIUM IN WORLD
Rungrado May Day Stadium
Rungrado May Day Stadium
Published: 2017/07/18
Channel: Tommy P
2016 Pyongyang Marathon Amateur Athletes Stadium Entrance
2016 Pyongyang Marathon Amateur Athletes Stadium Entrance
Published: 2016/04/14
Channel: jeanmarcknoll
THE BIGGEST STADIUM MAY DAY IN NORT KOREA
THE BIGGEST STADIUM MAY DAY IN NORT KOREA
Published: 2015/03/13
Channel: goodbetterbest worst
In a North Korean helicopter over Pyongyang: 6 of 11 (Rungrado 1st of May Stadium)
In a North Korean helicopter over Pyongyang: 6 of 11 (Rungrado 1st of May Stadium)
Published: 2017/02/27
Channel: Donny Ferguson
Mass Games, May Day Stadium, Pyongyang, North Korea
Mass Games, May Day Stadium, Pyongyang, North Korea
Published: 2011/03/02
Channel: The Last Places On Earth
Top 10 Largest Stadium In The World.
Top 10 Largest Stadium In The World.
Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: 10 on Top
The Top Ten Biggest Soccer Stadiums in the World
The Top Ten Biggest Soccer Stadiums in the World
Published: 2015/01/20
Channel: The Top Ten
North Korea Mass Games - May Day Stadium
North Korea Mass Games - May Day Stadium
Published: 2010/10/16
Channel: cgycivil
Arirang festival 2010
Arirang festival 2010
Published: 2010/09/26
Channel: chinwah48
OBM - Stadium - Rungrado 1st of May Stadium
OBM - Stadium - Rungrado 1st of May Stadium
Published: 2017/02/11
Channel: Our Best Moments
Rungrado May Day - ElMejorEstadio.com
Rungrado May Day - ElMejorEstadio.com
Published: 2011/02/07
Channel: elmejorestadio
Arirang 2013 -  5 Minute Excerpts
Arirang 2013 - 5 Minute Excerpts
Published: 2013/10/08
Channel: Aram Pan
.Top ten Largest Football Stadium in the World 2017
.Top ten Largest Football Stadium in the World 2017
Published: 2017/01/13
Channel: Atanu Khanra
Arirang Mass Games (May Day Stadium) - Pyongyang - North Korea (DPRK)
Arirang Mass Games (May Day Stadium) - Pyongyang - North Korea (DPRK)
Published: 2012/08/15
Channel: llukasz.com
Warming up the audience at the 2013 Arirang Mass Games at the MayDay Stadium, Pyongyang -2
Warming up the audience at the 2013 Arirang Mass Games at the MayDay Stadium, Pyongyang -2
Published: 2013/10/12
Channel: Fred Sonders
Quin Woodside May stadium
Quin Woodside May stadium
Published: 2011/06/07
Channel: Maddy M
Arirang Mass Games "3" - Pyongyang - 25/09/2010
Arirang Mass Games "3" - Pyongyang - 25/09/2010
Published: 2010/11/14
Channel: llukasz.com
NORTH KOREA ARIRANG 2
NORTH KOREA ARIRANG 2
Published: 2008/07/21
Channel: rob wilkinson
Timelapse of mass military parade in Pyongyang
Timelapse of mass military parade in Pyongyang
Published: 2013/07/31
Channel: AFP news agency
Top 10 Largest Stadiums in the World
Top 10 Largest Stadiums in the World
Published: 2016/11/14
Channel: All The Best Top
Mass Games in North Korea - Arirang
Mass Games in North Korea - Arirang
Published: 2012/10/19
Channel: Gabriel Prehn Britto
Arirang Mass Games "6" - Pyongyang - 25/09/2010
Arirang Mass Games "6" - Pyongyang - 25/09/2010
Published: 2010/11/14
Channel: llukasz.com
Arirang Mass Games DPRK Pyongyang North Korea
Arirang Mass Games DPRK Pyongyang North Korea
Published: 2012/05/06
Channel: Ken Ramage
Warming up the audience at the 2013 Arirang Mass Games at the MayDay Stadium, Pyongyang -3
Warming up the audience at the 2013 Arirang Mass Games at the MayDay Stadium, Pyongyang -3
Published: 2013/10/12
Channel: Fred Sonders
110415 Mayday Stadium progress.m4v
110415 Mayday Stadium progress.m4v
Published: 2011/04/15
Channel: afRecker
Arirang Mass Games "2" - Pyongyang - 25/09/2010
Arirang Mass Games "2" - Pyongyang - 25/09/2010
Published: 2010/11/14
Channel: llukasz.com
Warming up the audience at the 2013 Arirang Mass Games at the MayDay Stadium, Pyongyang -1
Warming up the audience at the 2013 Arirang Mass Games at the MayDay Stadium, Pyongyang -1
Published: 2013/10/12
Channel: Fred Sonders
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Rungrado 1st of May Stadium
Views from Yanggakdo International Hotel 10.JPG
Location Pyongyang, North Korea
Coordinates 39°2′58.47″N 125°46′30.79″E / 39.0495750°N 125.7752194°E / 39.0495750; 125.7752194Coordinates: 39°2′58.47″N 125°46′30.79″E / 39.0495750°N 125.7752194°E / 39.0495750; 125.7752194
Capacity 114,000[1][2]
Field size Main pitch- 22,500 m²
Total floor space- over 207,000 m²
Surface Artificial turf[3]
Opened May 1, 1989 (1989-05-01)
Tenants
Parades/shows celebrating Kim Il-sung and North Korea.
Arirang Festival
North Korea national football team (some games)
North Korea women's national football team (some games)
Rungrado 1st of May Stadium
Chosŏn'gŭl 릉라도 5월1일 경기장
Hancha
Revised Romanization Neungnado 5(o)-wol 1(ir)-il Gyeonggijang
McCune–Reischauer Rŭngnado Owŏl Iril Kyŏnggijang
Exterior of Rungrado May Day Stadium
Arirang Festival, on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung.

The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, completed on 1 May 1989. It is the largest stadium in the world, with a total capacity of 114,000. The site occupies an area of 20.7 hectares (51 acres).

It is not to be confused with the nearby 50,000 capacity Kim Il-sung Stadium.

Name[edit]

Its name comes from Rungrado Islet in the Taedong River, upon which it is situated, and from the International Workers' Day celebrated on May Day every year.

Uses[edit]

It is currently used for football matches, a few athletics events, but most often for Arirang Festival performances (also known as the Mass Games). The stadium can seat 114,000,[4] which ranks it first on the list of largest stadiums by capacity in the world.

Design[edit]

Its scalloped roof features 16 arches arranged in a ring, and resembles a magnolia blossom.

It hosts events on a main pitch sprawling across over 22,500 m² (242,200 ft²). Its total floor space is over 207,000 m² (2.2 million ft²) across eight stories, and the lobes of its roof peak at more than 60 m (197 ft) from the ground.

History[edit]

While the stadium is used for sporting events, it is most famous as the site of massive performances and shows celebrating Kim Il-sung and the North Korean nation. In June–July 2002 it was the site of a large choreographed "Arirang Festival" gymnastic and artistic performance. The extravaganza involved for the first time some 100,000+ participants—double the number of spectators,[5] and was open to foreigners. These performances are now an annual feature in Pyongyang, usually in August and September. The Guinness Book of Records has recognized these events as the largest in the world.

In the late 1990s, a number of North Korean army generals implicated in an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-il were executed via burning in the stadium.[6]

In 2000 Kim Jong-il entertained Madeleine Albright, the United States Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton.[7] Collision in Korea was the largest professional wrestling pay-per-view event ever that was jointly produced by World Championship Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling. It took place over a period of two days on April 28 and 29, 1995 at the stadium and had an attendance of 150,000 and 190,000 according to local authorities. It did not air in North America until August 4, 1995. American wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer has claimed that the actual combined attendance for the two-day-event was somewhere around 160,000 total.[8]

After a two-year renovation project, the stadium reopened in 2015.

In July of 2017, the Rungrado Stadium played host to six group stage matches as part of 2018 AFC U-23 Championship qualification.[9]

Notable events[edit]

Annual Events[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://stadiumdb.com/news/2016/08/north_korea_kims_shrinking_pride
  2. ^ "Rungrado 1st of May Stadium". World of Stadiums. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "North Korea: Rungrado May Day to undergo thorough revamp". Stadium DB. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Rungrado 1st of May Stadium – Football Stadium". Football-Lineups. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Watts, Jonathan (17 May 2002). "Despair, hunger and defiance at the heart of the greatest show on earth". The Guardian. London. 
  6. ^ Soukhorukov, Sergey (13 June 2004). "Train blast was 'a plot to kill North Korea's leader'". The Daily Telegraph. 
  7. ^ "Is Kim her next challenge?". Asia Times Online. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "16 PPVs NOT On The WWE Network – Page 5". Whatculture.com. 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  9. ^ "Schedule & Results". Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 23 July 2017. 

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