Ephesus Stadium was first built in Hellenistic time by king Lysimachus in 3rd century BC. Like most of building in Ephesus city, Stadium was also renovated during Roman Empire Time.
Stadium was a u-shaped building and measured 229m by 28m. There was a monumental entrance gate to the Stadium on the west and spectators’ seats on the south.
The stadium was usually used for ceremonies, sports activities and gladiator and wild animal fights. Stadium had a bad fame as it was the place where many Christian were persecuted and were thrown to the lions. When Cristianity became official religion of Roman Empire, stadium was destroyed and it material recycled to built Basilica of St. John.
Stadium is not open to public access and has not been restorated yet.