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It's about the number of Seats in The Colosseum.
(a.k.a. The Coliseum, a.k.a. Flavian Amphitheatre, a.k.a. Amphitheatrum Flavium, a.k.a. Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo) (Rome) (estimated)
It's about one-and-one-tenth times the number of Seats in New Yankee Stadium.
In other words, 55,000 is 1.0937 times the count of Seats in New Yankee Stadium, and the count of Seats in New Yankee Stadium is 0.914330 times that amount.
(2014 figures for 2009 Stadium; seating figures only) (a.k.a. Yankee Stadium, a.k.a. The Stadium, a.k.a. The House that George Built) (South Bronx, New York City, New York)
New Yankee Stadium has a seating capacity of 50,287. The Stadium was built between 2006 and 2009 out of 11,000 pieces of Indiana limestone.
It's about two-thirds the number of Seats in Lambeau Field.
In other words, 55,000 is 0.681240 times the count of Seats in Lambeau Field, and the count of Seats in Lambeau Field is 1.46790 times that amount.
(2014 figures) (a.k.a. City Stadium, a.k.a. New City Stadium, a.k.a. Titletown USA, a.k.a. The Frozen Tundra, a.k.a. The Shrine of Pro Football) (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
It's about one-and-a-half times the number of Seats in Fenway Park.
In other words, 55,000 is 1.48360 times the count of Seats in Fenway Park, and the count of Seats in Fenway Park is 0.674040 times that amount.
(2013 figures; daytime capacity) (a.k.a. The Cathedral of Boston) (Boston, Massachusetts)
Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, can accommodate 37,071 spectators when configured for daytime seating. Fenway Park holds the record for most consecutive sellout games, with a streak of 794 sellouts that ended in 2013. This figure is a dramatic turnaround from the attendance in 1965, which was at times as low as just 500 people.
It's about one-and-a-half times the number of McDonald's Locations in the World.
In other words, the count of McDonald's Locations in the World is 0.670 times 55,000.
(2015 figures) (approximate)
Operating in 119 countries, there are currently 36,000 McDonald's locations worldwide. From 1955 thru 1993, many McDonald's locations advertised the number in billions of hamburgers sold on their external signs, but abandoned theses updates after the figure passed 100 billion.
It's about three-tenths the number of Letters in the Longest English Word.
In other words, 55,000 is 0.289750 times the count of an Letters in the Longest English Word, and the count of an Letters in the Longest English Word is 3.451250 times that amount.
It's about six times the number of Written Characters in the Chinese Language.
In other words, 55,000 is 5.880 times the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language, and the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language is 0.17010 times that amount.
(zhōngwén, 中文) (Hànzì, 汉字/漢字; Shuowen Jiezi count; distinct characters)