Is it really the world’s largest or is it just North Korean propaganda?
The Rungrado 1st of May stadium as it is officially known was constructed and opened in time for the 1989 world festival of youth and students. The North Korean government reportedly spent up to 4 billion USD at the time transforming the city’s infrastructure in time for the event. Mayday Stadium was the showpiece. It was seen as a reaction to Seoul hosting the 1988 Olympic games.
Officially it has a capacity of 150,000 spectators but hawk eyed internet observers put the figure at 114,000. Even this lower figure still makes it the largest stadium in the world. So there you have it, officially the world’s largest fixed sporting arena. It comes in just ahead of a few American football stadiums in the US.
So what is it mainly used for these days?
The biggest show on earth! It’s the mass games – a synchronised socialist spectacular involving thousands of performers. The games returned after a 5 year hiatus in 2018 and will be held throughout summer 2019 at the Mayday stadium.
On every single Rocky Road tour to North Korea from now until September you will have the chance to visit the stadium and attend the mass games.