Managing People: World’s Largest Attended Events in History

Managing People: World’s Largest Attended Events in History

Managing people: It’s nothing short of miraculous to watch the way that extremely large events manage people. Sometimes an event might only have a couple hundred people in attendance, other times the numbers can skyrocket to upwards of 100,000 or in a lot of cases, many, many more. Superbowl XIV broke the record for the most attended football game ever. The game was between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Los Angeles Rams and it had 103,985 people in attendance.

In contrast, the city of Manila in the Philippines is the most densely populated city in the world. The city is only about 15 square miles, but it houses 1,652,171 people. That means that there are 111,000 people living per square mile. That’s more than the most attended Super Bowl in History.

This doesn’t even begin to crack the record for most people attend events that have occurred in history.

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All Roads Lead To Rome

It seems to be true that all roads really do lead to Rome. Rome’s history has greatly impacted the world. Because of the way it broke boundaries, as well as the way that it obviously asserted its authority and dominance, the rest of the world has taken up the example and used Rome’s models to fashion things after from things like entertainment to architecture.

In the way of large events, Rome really started the spectacle of mass entertainment with the Roman Amphitheatre Games. Before this, the Greeks started the Olympics, but the exact date of the first Olympic games are unknown. It was the Roman games that capitalized on mass entertainment through the building of amphitheatres.

The Ancient Colosseum in Rome is said to hold 50,000 adult men, and everything about these amphitheatres was structured to breathe efficiency. Rome’s managing of people and the games became the biggest influence on the way that modern entertainment is enforced today.

How Do They Do It?

People have been efficiently shuttling large quantities of people from place to place for centuries. The question that remains is, how did they do it? There have been many accounts of widely attended events like Woodstock, but Woodstock was a people-managing fiasco.

Other events in the world have happened long before, and since Woodstock, the biggest of which was World Youth Day in the Philippines in 1995. The event had more than 4 million people in attendance.

The funeral of Pope John Paul II took place in Rome on  April 7, 2005. There were also 4 million people in attendance. In addition to this, India has put on several events that made the list for most attended events in history.

So what is the secret to making sure these events go on as smoothly as possible? Who knows? Surely event transportation had to have been in place to move the masses quickly…otherwise, it probably takes months and months of planning, lots of roadblocks, and ultimately treating people like cattle and telling them where they have to go and when.

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