STADIUM, the Latin form of this Greek name for a standard of length, a stade=ioo opryviai (about 6 ft., or I fathom) = 6 ir\tdpa (100 Gr. about 101 Eng. ft.), equivalent to about 606 Eng. ft. ; as being about one-eighth of the Roman mile, it is often translated by " furlong." The course for the foot-race at Olympia (<?.i>.) was exactly a stade in length, and hence the name was given to the Greek foot-race and to the amphitheatre in which the races took place (see GAMES, CLASSICAL).
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)