Stadium at Olympia

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Olympia Stadion
Stadium at Olympia
LocationOlympia, Greece
OwnerAthens, Greece
SurfaceGrass, Stones, dirt
Closed776 BC through 393 AD
2004 Summer Olympics
Panhellenic Games
The vaulted tunnel leading into the stadium
The 'exedra' (stone platform) on which the judges sat, located on the south bank of the stadium

The stadium at the archaeological site of Olympia, Greece is located to the east of the sanctuary of Zeus. It was the location of many of the sporting events at the Ancient Olympic Games.


During the 2004 Summer Olympics, it hosted the shot put events.[1][2][3]


Stadium at Olympia

The physical landmarks of the Stadium are 212.54 meters long and 30-34 meters wide, and it served mainly for running races that determined the fastest person in the world. The track was made of hard-packed clay to serve as traction for the people competing in the running events[4]. Like in current day athletics, a white block was placed on one end of the track where the athletes would line up to place their feet and got ready to start of the race[5]. The white block was used to align all the athletes so they would all run the same distance. [6]

White blocks where athletes would place their feet and get ready for their race


  1. ^ 2004 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. p. 242.
  2. ^ Hope, Kerin (18 August 2004). "Olympia shot put aims to revive stadium of ancient games" – via Financial Times.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Ancient and modern Shot put revisits Olympia". 18 August 2004 – via The Guardian.
  4. ^ at. "Ancient Stadium". Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  5. ^ "Starting Blocks, Olympia". Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  6. ^ at. "Ancient Stadium". Retrieved 2017-10-30.

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Media related to Stadium of Olympia at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 37°38′21″N 21°37′59″E / 37.63917°N 21.63306°E / 37.63917; 21.63306