The Colosseum was constructed to satisfy the public enthusiasm for games and spectacles. But the emperors and nobility also attended, each watching from a level determined by rank. The emperor had the best view, noble families sat on the second course, and the general public sat in the third and fourth levels. The design was such that 50,000 spectators could get to their places or leave within a few minutes.
The arena floor was built of wood and covered with sand. It has long since been destroyed, so you can now see the walls of the hypogeum, a vast two-story underground labyrinth of tunnels connecting training rooms for gladiators, cages for exotic wild animals, and store-rooms that were hidden underneath the floor.
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