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It's about one-and-one-tenth times the number of Seats in Fenway Park.
In other words, 42,000 is 1.133 times the count of Seats in Fenway Park, and the count of Seats in Fenway Park is 0.88261 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 four-fifths the number of Seats in New Yankee Stadium.
In other words, 42,000 is 0.83521 times the count of Seats in New Yankee Stadium, and the count of Seats in New Yankee Stadium is 1.1973 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 one-and-one-fifth times the number of McDonald's Locations in the World.
In other words, the count of McDonald's Locations in the World is 0.83 times 42,000.
(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 four-fifths the number of Seats in The Colosseum.
In other words, the count of Seats in The Colosseum is 1 times 42,000.
(a.k.a. The Coliseum, a.k.a. Flavian Amphitheatre, a.k.a. Amphitheatrum Flavium, a.k.a. Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo) (Rome) (estimated)
Built between 70 and 80 AD, The Colosseum was a central attraction of Rome, capable of seating 50,000 spectators for various events including plays, war reenactments, and gladiatorial matches. The structure was estimated to require 100,000 cu. m of stone to construct. It remains the largest amphitheater in the world.
It's about half the number of Seats in Lambeau Field.
In other words, 42,000 is 0.52022 times the count of Seats in Lambeau Field, and the count of Seats in Lambeau Field is 1.9223 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)
Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers NFL team, can accommodate 80,735 spectators. With 58 years of occupancy by the Packers, Lambeau Field holds the record as the longest consecutive home of any NFL team.
It's about four-and-a-half times the number of Written Characters in the Chinese Language.
In other words, 42,000 is 4.491 times the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language, and the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language is 0.2227 times that amount.
(zhōngwén, 中文) (Hànzì, 汉字/漢字; Shuowen Jiezi count; distinct characters)
According to the Han Dynasty dictionary, Shuowen Jiezi (說文解字), there are 9,353 distinct Han characters used to depict the Chinese language. Fluency in written Chinese requires mastery of 4,000 - 5,000 of these characters.
It's about one-fifth the number of Letters in the Longest English Word.
In other words, 42,000 is 0.221263 times the count of an Letters in the Longest English Word, and the count of an Letters in the Longest English Word is 4.51951 times that amount.
The longest word in the English language (although somewhat disputed) is a chemical name for the substance connectin, made up of 189,819 letters (Click here to see the word...). The longest word found in most dictionaries, pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, has just 45 letters.