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I saw this map in one of the answers to another SE question:

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And it got me thinking that if Panem is divided into 13 Districts and the Capitol, then where are the Arenas located? Since Hunger Games have been taken place 75 times after the Dark Days then there must have been atleast 75 Arenas located all over Panem (assuming that a new Arena has been used every year for the entertainment of the Capitol citizens which I'm not quite sure about).

So are the Arenas located

  1. somewhere outside the Districts and the Capitol but still inside Panem?
  2. somewhere inside the vast uninhabited regions of the Districts?
  3. somewhere entirely outside Panem?

And if it is #1 then what sort of control the Capitol has over the (presumably) uninhabited regions? Also, are there any such regions in Panem?

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    In the books it is mentioned that the old arenas are tourist attractions, so it is almost certain there are 75 arenas. – Dave Johnson Mar 26 '14 at 14:55
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    Also, I always found the other map linked in that question to be far more likely. – Dave Johnson Mar 26 '14 at 15:06
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    As far as I know that map is just fan art, so it could be wildly inaccurate. North America is a pretty large area, the Capitol and Districts don't necessarily take up all (or even most) of the available space (I'd actually be surprised if they did). There's probably plenty of free areas to build arenas in. – Anthony Grist Mar 26 '14 at 15:13
  • @AnthonyGrist A lot of coastal areas of the former North America are under water due to global warming, so it wouldn't be as big as today's NM. But you are right, it is still a pretty big expanse. – CobaltBabyBear Mar 26 '14 at 15:16
  • I agree. Even if North America is a fair bit smaller in area after the Dark Days, we have to allow for the vastly reduced population numbers which would surely result in large swathes of land that is unoccupied. District 12 for instance is the size of a small town in total numbers. There would be more than enough spare room for arenas to be located "within" districts or perhaps even the Capitol. – The Giant of Lannister Mar 29 '14 at 11:29
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That is never mentioned in the books. But what are mentioned are that:

  • Old Arenas are tourist attractions
  • The Gamemakers have the power to entirely change the conditions inside arenas. In the movie Catching Fire, the Arena was an enclosed dome.

Since traveling is forbidden other that for business, and the only people who can have money for tourism are Capitol people, we can assume that the Arenas are all near the Capitol, probably in the outskirts.

Another justification why Arenas wouldn't probably be in the Districts is that if something happened, such as riots to support the District's Tribute, it would be a catastrophe. As we saw in Catching Fire, the Arena is loosely guarded with real guards.

Hope this helps.

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