The 75th Hunger Games Arena Map

| January 7, 2012 | 17 Comments More

Catching Fire Arena Map

You can’t help but read Catching Fire and try to visualise what the arena for the 75th  Hunger Games looks like.

One of the keys to survival for Katniss and Peeta was working out that the arena for the Quarter Quell acted like a clock.

alternatecoppa has created this amazing map that shows what they think it would look like.

You can click on the image above for a bigger view, but I recommend heading to  alternatecoppa‘s page and hitting the download image button to see it in its full res size (it’s massive, but worth it as it’s detailed and… well… awesome!)

Here’s what they had to say about their creation:

The thing I loved most about Suzanne Collins’ Catching Fire (sequel to The Hunger Games) was the new arena she created to throw her characters into. It’s symmetrical, therefore easy to map out, extremely creative in it’s “clock-trap” concept, and far more detailed in it’s environmental descriptions & feature locations than the arena described in the first book. Therefore, more map-able! I felt I better do just that right now before a movie comes out and eclipses this version which I’ve based solely on the novel’s literary description.

I created the overall topography of the map, both endless jungle and beach with sea zone through assembly of real satellite photos pulled from Google Earth. It was actually a lot harder to pull off than the idea first seemed to make it. I had to locate beach & sea features such as atolls to help contribute to the curved edges of the beach line and stitch it all together in a way that didn’t cheaply repeat. However I knew using real photos was the only way I knew I’d be satisfied with achieving a realistic “Google Map” style for the final look.

I promise you I have done my homework on this map! Both distances, topographical features & their placements all correspond as best they can to the text presented in the novel, though I concede this is a fictional place and of course an error could have been made on my part by missing some small detail. I fully welcome friendly pointers/debate/corrections on the layout. I made extensive notes on all descriptive references in the novel to the arena along with what page numbers in the book that they appear on. I’d be happy to provide any detail of choice and page number I found it on if anything is suspected to be incorrect. I was actually going to type them all up and post them right here but while it may be hard to believe from looking at this thing, I do have a life :D and I really do need to get back to it at some point soon.

Only two numerical distinctions I have made on the map are the product of my (educated) guess work and deduction based on what’s written in book and not from direct mention by the author. I have very detailed and thought-out reasons for making the decisions I did when factoring them and again instead of writing a book about it all I think I’ll wait and see if anyone catches on to them and then go from there. ;)


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Category: Catching Fire, Fan Art, The Books

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  1. MockingJayfever says:

    Wow XD

  2. Kat says:

    This is amazing! I had a lot of fun re-reading the descriptions for this arena and visualising it in my head, and to see it mapped out like this is just so awesome.

  3. alternatecoppa says:

    Thanks so much for featuring my map! Keep the great work on this site. It’s first fansite I gravitated to after reading the novels and have really enjoyed all your coverage!

  4. Amber says:

    That is seriously cool. I have to admit, geography is not my forte, so even though I tried, visualizing it for me was tough- so thank you, you did a great job!

  5. Angelina says:

    Exactly how I imangined it! Thats so A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Keep up the great work(;

  6. Katniss Everdeen says:


  7. HungerGamesFanBoy says:

    Great job. I’m 13 and specialize on photoshopping/computer art. I think the most impressive part are the spokes of sand as they obviously cropped, however realisticly, to be fit in the water. Also unless you found a circle of water as the one there, you did a great job on editing the water into a circle, with the water shallowly overlapping the sand at the rims. Its nice how you took a real image, and made it look like your own.

    The zoomed out view definetly helped me imagine the clock, I thought it would be smaller, but that size look more realistic now.

    Overall great job, keep up the good work!

  8. katniss&peeta says:

    Peeta is so hhoott

  9. Kirk G says:

    Thank you for sharing. I listened to the audio book version of Catching Fire, and while I also envisioned something like this, I thought perhaps there was a diagram in the printed book version when Petta sketches it out. However many fans have been attempting to draw out this diagram with mixed success (crayon, list, chart, etc) and each has some error in it… (misinterpreting whether the 12 o’clock lightning was an hour long event or not, and if The Beast was at 5pm or 6pm, etc.)

    May I suggest Scholastic Books print a link to this site for the image in future editions of the book…that is, as an appendex or a footnote at the appropriate point in the book?

  10. Lauren M says:

    Wow – that was really, really helpful. And gorgeously rendered. Thank you!

  11. Eline says:

    OMG THIS IS AWESOME! and really amazing…

  12. says:

    Love it…i know everyone is gonna say i dont have a life but im gonna make a minecraft survival map do it still on my free time 😛 ill include you too, im a bit confused about the size of the arena exactly though, how much in diameter?

  13. Elle says:

    I think they stole your map for the movie. Go and sue them!

  14. luv katniss says:

    reaaaaaaaaaaaally want to part 4 of the book, :(((((( IM SO HUNGRY OF THE HUNGER GAMES UGHHHHHHHHHHH

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