The term is not limited to places where there are literally pathways or roadways or train tracks joining. An alternate meaning now is "an open space or hall (as in a railway terminal) where crowds gather." In this meaning as a place where crowds gather, while many persons in any crowd no doubt have followed different paths in their lives to get to the place, there need not be notable specific roadways leading to the place.
Examples of concourses include:
- Meeting halls
- Railway stations
- Conference centres
- Airport terminals
- Shopping malls or portions of shopping malls which are often called "shopping concourses"
- Sports arenas and stadiums
Public transport concourses
Leeds City bus station concourse, 2007
Leeds railway station concourse, 2009
Liverpool Street concourse, 2009
London Paddington station concourse, The Lawn, 2009
St Pancras shopping concourse during Christmas, 2011
St Pancras entrance concourse, 2009
Car park concourses
More recently, "concourse" is often used to refer to a situation where people come together in online presence, even if they do not physically come together in reality. An example of such an online community is the IEEE Student Concourse, as well as various online shopping concourses.
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