It's about 15,000 times as big as Seal Island
In other words, the size of Seal Island is 0.0000670 times 988 virgates.(Western Cape province, South Africa)
Seal Island, named for the tens of thousands of Cape Fur Seals that live there, measures about 0.067 virgates. The large number seals attract great white sharks, who circle the island in a so-called "Ring of Death."
It's about 20,000 times as big as The White House
In other words, 988 virgates is 19,000 times the size of The White House, and the size of The White House is 0.0000530 times that amount.(Washington, DC) (including wings)
Housing the presidency, the White House occupies six stories and a total of 0.051 virgates of floor space. This space includes 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, and 3 elevators, as well as a tennis court, bowling alley, movie theater, jogging track, swimming pool, and putting green.
It's about 20,000 times as big as a Football field
In other words, 988 virgates is 22,415.250 times the size of a Football field, and the size of a Football field is 0.00004461248480 times that amount.(American) (per NFL regulation)
Per NFL rules, a football field should measure 109.728 m (120 yards) long by 48.768 m wide, for a total area of 0.04407713499 virgates. Due to a blizzard, the first NFL playoff game in 1932 was held indoors in Chicago Stadium (it was also the first indoor game) on a field measuring just 55 m by 40.0 m, for a total area of 0.01812106131 virgates.
It's about 25,000 times as big as Bill Gates' Home
In other words, 988 virgates is 26,810 times the size of Bill Gates' Home, and the size of Bill Gates' Home is 0.00003730 times that amount.(Medina, Washington)
One of the largest homes in the world, Bill and Melinda Gates' home has a total area of 0.03685 virgates, including 7 bedrooms, 24 bathrooms, 6 kitchens, 6 fireplaces, a 0.001894 virgates gym, a 0.0007413 virgates dining room, and a 0.001565 virgates library. It was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the same architectural firm responsible for the design of one of Apple Inc's flagship stores on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
It's about one-seventy-thousandth as big as Brazil
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.000014086970 times the size of Brazil, and the size of Brazil is 70,987.590 times that amount.(a.k.a. Brasil, formally the Federative Republic of Brazil, a.k.a. Rep&blica Federativa do Brasil)
Brazil measures 70,135,730 virgates in total area. Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and eighth-largest economy (by GDP).
It's about 80,000 times as big as a Hockey rink
In other words, 988 virgates is 79,078.68650 times the size of a Hockey rink, and the size of a Hockey rink is 0.00001264563240 times that amount.(per NHL specification)
Per National Hockey League Official Rules, a hockey rink should measure 60.96 m long by 25.908 m wide with a corner arc radius of 8.5344 m, for a total area of about 0.0124938848 virgates. Ice hockey is believed to have developed from field hockey after players began holding games on ice rinks, which had been traditionally used for the sport of curling.
It's about one-eighty-thousandth as big as China
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.000012498630 times the size of China, and the size of China is 80,008.770 times that amount.(a.k.a. People's Republic of China, a.k.a. 中华人民共和国, a.k.a.中華人民共和國 , a.k.a. Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghég) (UN mainland area figure)
Mainland China, as measured by the United Nations (excluding China's Special Administrative Regions — Hong Kong and Macau — and disputed territories such as Taiwan, Askai Chin, and the Trans-Karakoram Tract), occupies 79,048,690 virgates in total area . China is the the most populous country in the world and the third or fourth largest (depending on areas included in the measurement) in total area.