Kaftanzoglio Stadium


Kaftanzoglio Stadium

Infobox Stadium
stadium_name = Kaftanzoglio Stadium
nickname =

| fullname = Kaftanzoglio National Stadium of Thessaloniki
location = Aghiou Demetriou Street, Thessaloniki
built = 1960
opened = 27 October 1960
renovated = 2004
demolished =
owner = [http://www.sportsnet.gr/main_en.html General Secretariat for Sports]
operator =
tenants = Iraklis, Apollon Kalamarias
construction_cost =
architect =
former_names =
seating_capacity = 28,028
dimensions = 112,000 m²

Kaftanzoglio (Καυτανζόγλειο) is a football stadium located in Thessaloniki, Greece. The stadium was built with money donated by the Kaftanzoglou Foundation, hence its name. The stadium, which has 28,028 seats today, was heavily renovated before reopening to host football (soccer) matches for the 2004 Summer Olympics, which were centered in Athens, Greece. Beginning in 1982, it was the largest stadium in Greece, but has since been surpassed in capacity.

In 15 October 1969, the Greek record in attendance was set with 47,458 fans present for a FIFA World Cup qualifying match, witnessing Greece defeat Switzerland by a 4-1 score.

Vassilis Hatzipanagis played in the stadium for over 15 years. Kaftanzoglio has been home to Iraklis FC since 1961.
In 1973 it hosted the European Cup Winners Cup Final, in a 1-0 victory of A.C. Milan over Leeds United.

References

* [http://www.sportsnet.gr/A/a6/a60i/a60i0a/ga60i0a1.html General Secretariat for Sports]
* [http://www.kaftanzoglio.gr/en/index.html Official Homepage]


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