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a    an enclosure or platform, usually surrounded by seats on all sides, in which sports events, contests, entertainments, etc., take place  
a boxing arena     
b    (as modifier)  
arena stage     
2    the central area of an ancient Roman amphitheatre, in which gladiatorial contests and other spectacles were held  
3    a sphere or scene of conflict or intense activity  
the political arena     
     (C17: from Latin harena sand, place where sand was strewn for the combats)  

arena theatre  
      n      another term for       theatre-in-the-round  
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1    amphitheatre, bowl, coliseum, field, ground, park     (U.S. & Canad.)   ring, stadium, stage  
2    area, battlefield, battleground, domain, field, field of conflict, lists, province, realm, scene, scope, sector, sphere, territory, theatre  

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