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What sounds extremely wrong, but is actually correct?

All of the nation of Monaco can fit inside the Indy 500 sports stadium.

This….

is smaller than this…

Note that the first picture is taken at a much closer distance than the second one (the cars at 6 to 9 o’clock are clearly visible in the first shot, while you have to literally squint to see the car at 3 o’clock in the second which is barely a tiny white speck).

Monaco is an extremely tiny nation, with an area of a mere 500 acres.

The Indy 500 racing circuit is the largest sports stadium on the planet with an area of 560 acres.

Note here that the area of the Indy 500 circuit isn’t just the track and area within it but naturally includes the spectator stands.

Nevertheless as astounding as this may seem (fitting a nation within a stadium), it would be less surprising when you look at another comparative statistic.

Which is that the population of Monaco is 38,000 while the seating capacity of the Indy 500 stadium is some 235,000 (permanent seats) which can rise to a stunning 400,000 with infield seating (seats in front of the permanent stands).

Which of course now means that the entire population of Monaco can be seated inside the Indy 500 stadium with nine out of every ten places still empty.

Now 400,000 is comfortably the population of a medium sized U.S. metro area. Imagine getting all the people from not just a city but a whole mid-sized metro area in one stadium.

Here’s another very interesting fact now - the two places each host what are arguably the most high profile races on the international Formula 1 versus domestic American racing calendars.

Monaco is home to the shortest race on the Formula-1 Grand Prix annual circuit. The Monaco Grand Prix which is arguably the most tight and twisty of all of the nineteen circuits on the annual F-1 calendar has a per lap length which is 2 miles long. The Indy 500 race has a lap length of 2.5 miles running straight along the inner circumference. It is some testimony to how tiny the country of Monaco (in fact a city-state) is that a lot of rich spectators watch the race from yachts along the track or from the hotel windows because there is precious little space for spectator stands on the race sidelines.


This information was taken from Quora. Click here to view the original post.

Can you imagine any country to be that small? Have you ever been to Monaco?

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
28 Comments
Mitchell Ross
Sunday evening TCM broadcast a one hour documentary chronicling the 1956 wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Renair. A most insightful and informative video.
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Oct 20, 2020 4:49PM
Carol Butler
I live in Texas. Small anything is a difficult concept here. Monaco is big in other ways, such as wealth, banking, an incredible history , and possibly the most expensive real estate in the world.
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Apr 1, 2020 2:35AM
Barbara Martin
Monaco is only 2.020 square Kilometres
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Jun 25, 2019 2:14AM
Mark G. Feeney
Sabina Alam: Monte Carlo is the capital, but there are other cities
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Mar 24, 2019 3:01AM
Sabina Alam
I want to know,is Monaco like Singapore??One city nation??
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Feb 18, 2019 1:08AM
Steve Morrison
Debi Presley Ogle, The Vatican is actually only half of a square kilometer.
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Feb 3, 2019 5:35PM
rodb
Love Monaco. Beautiful place, but expensive
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Jan 30, 2019 9:11PM
Debi Presley Ogle
I believe , when we were there, that the Vatican is 1 mile by 1 mile. ninakamwene,
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Jan 26, 2019 3:58AM
Walder Castromoreira
Yes, I'm Brazilian, but I visited Monaco 4 times already. I just loved it! There, I always thought about Princess Grace! Solange
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Jan 2, 2019 12:18PM
ninakamwene
I thought the Vatican was even smaller. I was there in 2015.
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Dec 31, 2018 7:27PM
barbara sted
I used to live there when Princess Grace was alive! I lived aboard a yacht and SO loved it all! Barbara Sted
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Dec 19, 2018 2:36PM
Ian Swindale
I've been to Monaco many times on business but I can't say it is one of the places I would go back to and it's certainly not on my bucket list
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Dec 12, 2018 4:17AM
jaijam
That's a LOT of rednecks.
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Dec 10, 2018 11:58PM
Pamela Spallin
I have never been to monaco but would love to visit
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Dec 9, 2018 12:21PM
Lynne Cage
Monaco is just stunning
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Dec 9, 2018 5:07AM

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