Largest stadium in the world is double Old Trafford and hosted public executions

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    There aren't many football stadiums in the world that dwarf Manchester United's Old Trafford.

    But one stadium that certainly does is North Korea's Rungrado 1st of May Stadium.

    Situated in Pyongyang, the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium was built back in 1989 and seats a whopping 150,000 people – making it not just the biggest football stadium, but actually the largest sporting stadium in the world..

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    Utilised for huge public events, the May Stadium, which has a total floor space of more than 207,000 metres, also has a running track, a swimming pool and indoor sports halls too alongside the football pitch.

    At the moment, it now hosts some of North Korea's national games but there was a time when it was utilised for more savage purposes, namely public executions.

    Back in the late 1990s, the stadium was used to hold public executions of North Korean generals who were accused of attempting to assassinate Kim Jong-il, the country's then General Secretary and Supreme Leader.

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    The generals were burned alive in front of the May Stadium crowd, sending a clear message to dissidents.

    However, just years later, the May Stadium was used to host a joint New Japan Pro-Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling event that pitted Japanese great Antonio Inoki against American legend Ric Flair.

    The event, titled the 'Collision in Korea', was even attended by Muhammad Ali, who was selected as North Korea's guest of honour.

    And the final bout of the two-day event in April 1995 saw Inoki prevail over Flair, in front of what is claimed to be the record for the largest ever attendance for a wrestling event.


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