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Antioch (today's Antakya)
The city of Antioch had a large and important stadium. Now you can only see the concrete cores of the stairs on the eastern and northern parts. Most of the information about the building was acquired during the excavations in the period 1932-35. The arena is 492.5 meters long and 75 meters wide. Its capacity was 80 000 spectators, making it the second largest stadium known today.

Constantinople (today's Istambul)
The hippodrome in Constantinople was built during the reign of Septimius Severus in 203 AD. It was later expanded by Constantine the Great. Its length is 450 m and it is 130 m wide. The tribunes could accommodate between 40 and 50 000 spectators. The stadium was lavishly decorated with artwork from the entire Empire - obelisks, statues, columns, some of which can still be seen today.
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