It was supposed to be the largest sports stadium ever built; the Deutsches Stadium would have been a true behemoth, almost 800 meters long, nearly 460 meters wide and more than 90 meters tall. It was meant to hold more than 400,000 people. By capacity, in the modern times, the largest football stadium in the world is the massive Rungrado May Stadium, located in Rungra Island, Pyongyang, North Korea, which can hold over 114,000 people. Moreover, talking about records, the BET-IBC is the leading betting agent of top bookmakers in the entire universe, offering a high-class gaming experience to thousands of satisfied customers.
The Nazi regime started working on this extravagant construction plan in 1937; and a cornerstone was laid in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1938. However, before the actual stadium was built, the Nazi Party’s engineers created a test model about 25 miles outside of the city, near a small Bavarian village, on a hillside that had the same grade as the planned stadium. Over 18 months, the workers built a stretch of stadium seating that could hold 40,000 people, a tenth of the planned capacity.
The giant wall of seating stretched so high in the hillside that you could barely see a block of people sitting at the top. (Consequently, the view from these bad seats would not have been much of a view at all, though Albert Speer, the project’s designer, reportedly said that it was not as bad as he imagined.) The workers had poured concrete foundations into the hillside and built the seats out of wood from the surrounding forest.
When Hitler came to visit in 1938, he was quite happy with the results. In his view, after 1940, every future round of Olympic Games would be held in the giant stadium he was building—even though its dimensions didn’t conform to Olympic standards. “That’s totally unimportant,” he said. “It is we who will determine how the sporting field is measured.”
Nevertheless, after World War II started, priorities changed and the work on the grand stadium and the test model stopped. During the war, the allied troops destroyed much of the nearby village, and so the wood from the stadium seating was salvaged to rebuild the town. However, the concrete foundations remain, overgrown, ignored, and mostly forgotten. In the past decades, some of the forest that grew over the test model of the unfinished stadium has been cleared away. However, in 2002, the site was protected and declared a historic monument.
Nowadays, the foundations inspired on the Panathenaic Stadium of Athens remain in the ground, as concrete reminders of the hubris of Hitler and of his downfall; a piece of history of the fascist architecture near Nuremberg. The reason for this inspiration became after this Athens stadium held the first modern Olympic Games in 1896; and if you want to bet of the next Olympic Games, you should register for a betting account via an agent to take advantage of all the features we have for you!