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Mos Espa Grand Arena
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Mos Espa, Tatooine


Jabba Desilijic Tiure



The Mos Espa Grand Arena on Tatooine was located just outside the city of Mos Espa on its Northern Dune Sea side. It was the home to one of the most famous Podracing tracks in the Outer Rim Territories. Once a year hopeful contenders made their way to the enormous stadium to participate in the Boonta Eve Classic, which was hosted by the Hutts to commemorate the Boonta Eve holiday and was among the most illustrious of all podraces. Other races took place here throughout the season as well, including the Mos Espa Open and the Boonta Training Course.

The arena was open-air and open-ended being built into a natural canyon amphitheater. It consisted of a curving track running between a massive seating structure for more than 100,000 race fans, and an observation platform for race officials built into a rockface. Only a very small portion of the circuit was actually located in the arena with the rest extending for miles in a circuit around a broad, flat-topped mountain known as Ben's Mesa. Significantly though, the start/finish line was located within the arena.

Before being towed out onto the start grid, the pods themselves were housed and maintained in a large hangar located on the arena grounds.

After podracing was outlawed, the arena was transformed into a swoop bike arena, maintained by a Kuati woman named Ulda.

The Bo Charmian Racing School was located inside one of the concession concourses of the arena.[1] 7-Gee Lounge and Jabba's private box were also located in the arena.[2]


Behind the scenes

Producing the Grand Arena crowd.

In the production of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Industrial Light & Magic eschewed complicated digital techniques to portray the crowd of hundreds of thousands of spectators. They stuck long wooden sticks tipped with painted cotton swabs randomly into chicken wire on a miniature set of the arena. Action figures were placed on the steps for realism whilst a fan was used to make the cotton swabs move thus giving the impression of a lively crowd.[3]


Grand Arena cutaway.
  • Star Wars: Episode I Racer
  • Urchins
  • Podracing Tales
  • Episode I Adventures 8: Trouble on Tatooine
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novelization (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace comic
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace junior novelization
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace video game
  • Episode I: Queen Amidala
  • Episode I: Qui-Gon Jinn
  • Star Wars Republic: Outlander (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Racer Revenge
  • Boba Fett: Hunted
  • Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
  • Sand Blasted
  • Tatooine Ghost (as Mos Espa Swoop Arena)

Non-canon appearances

  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga


Notes and references

  1. Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Episode I
  2. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (video game)
  3. The Star Wars Vault

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