An arena is a large, enclosed, outdoor area where the the Hunger Games are held each year. Arenas are designed by the Gamemakers and a new one is built every year. It could be anything from dense forest to an open meadow, a frozen wasteland to a scorched desert, etc. The Gamemakers plant traps and cunning ideas into the arena, to entertain the people of Panem. All arenas have a Cornucopia, where the tributes Launch Room into the arena to begin the Games. Also, all the arenas have force fields around them that will bounce back anything that hits it. Over the years a few tributes have used it as a weapon. The arenas were considered important historical landmarks and were preserved after the conclusion of the Games. The arenas were also a popular tourist destination for many Capitol citizens who would spend months' vacation visiting the arena from their favorite games, where they would be able to rewatch the Games, visit the sites of the deaths, and even take part in reenactments. After the end of the war, all the arenas were destroyed, and memorials to the hundreds of teenagers killed within their confines were constructed in their place.
49th Hunger GamesEdit
The arena was very volcanic, being rocky and black basalt was the ground. There were no hiding places, resulting in a very quick games were the careers dominated. The last non career, the boy from 8, won after the careers killed each other off.
50th Hunger Games Edit
The 50 Hunger Games' arena was a big, beautiful meadow, with flowers, streams, pools, birds and a picturesque mountain and sharp, jagged rocks. But everything was lethal. The tributes of these Games had to face harmless-looking squirrels which were in fact carnivorous; the picturesque mountain that was actually a volcano; flowers that poisoned someone if inhaled too directly, was lethal; pink birds with skewer-like beaks that killed Maysilee Donner, and dehydration, due to the fact that the only sources of water that weren't toxic were from the bounty at the Cornucopia or rainfall. District 12 tribute, Haymitch Abernathy, used the force field around the arena to stay alive and win the second Quarter Quell. When only he and Marvel's Aunt were left, she threw an axe at him but hit the force field instead, causing it to bounce back and hit her in the head. This made Haymitch the victors.
69th Hunger GamesEdit
The 69th Hunger Games' victor was an unnamed female from District 1, but in the The Hunger Games, Atals states that the arena was a burning desert.
70th Hunger GamesEdit
The 70th Hunger Games' arena included a dam that was broken during the games by an earthquake made to wipe out many of the tributes. The arena was flooded because the Gamemakers believed that the Games were getting too "boring." Most of the tributes drowned, but Annie Cresta, the strongest swimmer, survived. The boy from 6 had made a canoe, but Annie defeated him by tricking him to sail over a waterfall, crowning her victor.
73rd Hunger Games Edit
This is shown in The Hunger Games film, with the arena being mainly a ruined city, having since fallen to pieces. The victor was a District 2 boy (identified by the rust red jacket he wears) who won by smashing a brick into the skull of a District 10 boy.
74th Hunger Games Edit
The 74th Hunger Games' arena was a large expanse of various terrains. In the center around the Cornucopia where the tributes launch was a plain of hard packed dirt. In one direction, there was a wheat field, which was not visible from the Cornucopia, there was a steep downward slope and this area was a lot lower down than the rest of the arena; Thresh was hiding out in this part of the arena; the only time he left it was to go to the feast. In another direction there was a large lake, the Careers set up camp next to this and it was their main source of water. In the other two directions, there was a wood which makes up most of the arena. This is where Katniss Everdeen and most of the other tributes set up camp. This wood contained a stream that lead to the lake, several ponds, a variety of different trees, a marshy area, and a rocky area with numerous caves that was next to the stream. Peeta and Katniss slept in these for several nights while Peeta was hurt. Several Muttations such as tracker jackers, Mockingjays, and wild dogs, in addition to natural animals such as rabbits, squirrels, deer and groosling, and water birds inhabited the arena. The stream was evaporated by the high daytime temperatures, as Katniss later describes a flat expanse of dry mud as what used to be the stream. The wood was also rigged with Gamemaker traps such as devices that create fireballs. The Gamemakers changed the temperatures in the arena so that it was hot during the day and freezing during the night.
In the movie, the arena is mostly a wooded forest, with mountainous higher areas to the south flat plains to the west. A single large river runs through the east of the arena that feeds the large lake by the Cornucopia.
75th Hunger Games Edit
The 75th Hunger Games' arena was set up like a clock. The 12 to 1 wedge consisted of the tall tree that was periodically struck by lightning during the 12th hour, which proved to be a very important factor later on in Catching Fire. The other sections of the "clock" each had a tall tree identical to the 12 to 1 tree to throw tributes off, and were made up of different "horrors" that were unleashed by the hour. The horrors consisted of an acid fog, blood rain, an unknown beast, a tidal wave, carnivorous monkeys, jabberjays that repeat the sounds of loved ones screaming in terror, unknown species of insects that emit loud clicking noises, and more which are not mentioned.
This arena was very small, and circular in shape, which tipped Wiress off to the set-up of the clock mechanism. A powerful force-field surrounded it, and the Cornucopia lay in the middle of the arena, its tail pointing in the direction of the 12th hour, and was surrounded by water and spokes that held the tributes as they are first raised into the arena. The trees contained in the arena were full of the only water that can be consumed safely, which had to be extracted by a spile, or by hacking at the bark.
This arena appears to be made of a series of hexagonal screens mounted to a girder system with a force field on the inside that prevents damage from occurring. When Katniss Everdeen fires the arrow into the arena roof five billion joules both overload the forcefield and short out the screen, causing power loss at the Games HQ. As Katniss laid on the arena floor, paralysed, the arena at the point of impact collapsed inwards, enabling the hovercraft to get in to rescue them.
87th Hunger GamesEdit
This arena was very prehistoric, with a volcano, giant plants, and dino mutts. There was also underwater caves filled with sunken ships and infested with drowners, which nearly drowned Eliza Herader. A flood on Day 3 drowned Wynter Shade and nearly drowned Isabella Cloth.
Some other arenas are mentioned but it is unknown in which Hunger Games they appeared:
- Frozen tundra - Katniss said that these Games were a little boring to the Capitol because most of the tributes froze to death, instead of being killed by one another, and described in the books as 17 people dying on Day 1.
- The year that Titus, the District 6 male tribute, went savage and resorted to cannibalism. An avalanche then killed him, which may have been started by the Gamemakers.
- Scrub terrain - Katniss mentioned this year had many boulders and scruffy bushes. She said that most tributes died of bites from venomous snakes or they went insane from thirst.
- Katniss, Finnick, Peeta and Mags are the only known tributes to have used the forcefield to their advantage in the 75th Hunger Games.
- Haymitch is the only known tribute to have used the forcefield to his advantage in the 50th Hunger Games.
- Katniss mentions in The Hunger Games that most of the arenas have trees in them "because barren landscapes are dull and the Games resolve too quickly without them.".