Ancient Nemea: stadium : Michelin's recommendations
On the hillside 500m southeast of the Temple of Zeus, the remnants of a stadium (4C BC) were found where the Nemean Games were held. It had a capacity of 40 000 spectators, was 22m wide at each end, 27m wide in the middle, and 177m long. South of the stadium, earthenware pipes (one part of which is on display in the museum) provided spring water purified by a system of basins forming an integral part of the stone gutters lining the arena. The starting line, marked with stones, is well preserved. It supported the wooden mechanism that gave the starting signal. There were thirteen running lanes, and the athletes, trainers and judges entered the stadium through a building whose interior was decorated with colonnades on three sides. The athletes prepared for the contests here before entering the stadium through a 36m-long vaulted passage (from about 320 BC). The names of some of the winners and young athletes can still be seen on the walls. On 1 June 1996, the Society for the Revival of the Nemean Games organized an international meeting with competitors from 28 countries.