Rungrado 1st of May Stadium / 릉라도 5월1일 경기장

Rungrado 1st of May Stadium

Opened on 1 May 1989, the Rungrado May Day Stadium has a total floor space of over 207,000 m² and a seating capacity of 114 000. It’s officially the stadium with the largest seating capacity in the world. The May Day Stadium’s architecture consists of 16 arches arranged in a ring that resembles a parachute. This zenith of the roof is 60 m from the ground.

The May Day Stadium is located on Rungra Island

From 2014 to 2015, the stadium was renovated. All existing seats were replaced, the entire building was repainted and all 1300 rooms were renovated.

The original color of the stadium before renovations
Renovations from 2014-2015
The stadium after renovations
Click to view the 360° image

The stadium is mainly used for local football matches and some track and field sporting events. However, it is perhaps most well known internationally for hosting the Arirang Mass Games.

Local football matches
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Arirang Mass Games in 2013

Let’s take a closer look at the facilities and some of the rooms within the Rungrado May Day Stadium.

Stadium Map
Stadium VIP Box
A close-up look at the football field’s artificial grass
Stadium Seats
Corridors inside the stadium
Office Entrance
Press Release Rooms
Press Rooms
Referees’ Room
Coach’s Rooms
Players’ Rooms
Shower Rooms
Meeting Rooms
Warm-up Rooms

History was made on 19th September 2018 when South Korean President Moon Jae-in was given a standing ovation by 150,000 North Korean spectators following the first-ever speech by a South Korean president in North Korea.

During the peace talks, North and South Korea planned to bid for co-hosting the 2032 Olympics. I sincerely wish for their success.

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