We’re big fans of massive stadiums here at Dream Team.
From the Maracana to the Camp Nou, members of Dream Team HQ have been to some of the world’s biggest and best.
However, there’s one that will almost certainly always elude us – the Rungrado May Day Stadium, in Pyongyang, North Korea.
The famously secretive state claim the stadium can hold a remarkable 150,000 spectators, making it the biggest stadium in the world by some distance.
But what’s it like? Well, it’s sort of everything you’d expect from something in North Korea – a projection of power, a stadium entirely designed to show off the country’s labouring skills. Oh, and everything about it is completely and utterly insane.
Check out the images below, along with the full rundown of just how ridiculous it is.
Firstly, the structure is obviously enormous. But look closely and you’ll see that the stadium is on an island.
Yes, an island. With only two roads that run in and out of it.
A closer inspection on the Google Earth imagery gives a better impression.
You thought the 30-minute wait getting out of Wembley to Wembley Park tube station was bad? Look at the bottleneck potential as you leave this stadium.
Also we should add that under half a mile away from this 150,000-seater, the Kim Il-sung Stadium of Ideals to the left of the picture also homes a fairly sizeable 50,000 people.
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Let’s head inside…
The problem with the stadium (aside from the obvious…) is that it’s mainly used for military parades and mass pageants.
To give you an idea of the scale of things, in the above picture a football pitch covers about a third of the space used by the parades.
And you thought West Ham fans’ view at the London Stadium was far away…
All the decoration might look impressive, but look closely and you’ll see there are actual people behind those bits of card.
North Korea aren’t exactly apologetic about subjecting their citizens into mass choreography like this, so it’s little surprise to see the people in such formation.
We shouldn’t forget that North Korea have actually qualified for a World Cup very recently.
Having got through the qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, they subsequently lost all their games but managed to get a goal in their (incredibly) marginal 2-1 loss to Brazil.
They then went onto lose 7-0 against Portugal and 3-0 against Ivory Coast.
The 150,000 capacity is unofficial, with the stadium’s Wikipedia page claiming it is just 114,000, and there have been some seriously sinister events to take place at the stadium – most notably, a group of army generals were burned alive inside the stadium after plotting an assassination attempt on then leader Kim Jong-il.
All in all, it’s a weird, weird place.
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