Olympic Stadium (Athens)


Olympic Stadium (Athens)
Olympic Stadium
OAKA
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Full name Olympic Stadium Spyros Louis
Location Maroussi, Athens, Greece
Built 1979[1]
Opened 1982[1]
Renovated 2002–2004 (Olympic Games)[1]
Owner Greek Government
Operator OAKA S.A.
Surface Grass
Construction cost €265 million (Renovation 2004)
Architect Santiago Calatrava (Renovation)
Capacity 69,618[1]
Field dimensions 105 x 68 m[1]
Tenants
AEK Athens FC
Panathinaikos FC
Greece national football team (some matches)

The Olympic Stadium "Spiros Louis" (Greek: Ολυμπιακό Στάδιο "Σπύρος Λούης", Olympiakó Stádio "Spiros Louis"), is part of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. It is named after the first modern Olympic marathon race winner in 1896, Spiros Louis.

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History

Located in the area of Marousi in Athens, the stadium was originally designed in 1979 and built in 1980–1982. It was completed in time to host the 1982 European Championships in Athletics. It was inaugurated by the President of Greece, at the time Konstantinos Karamanlis, on 8 September 1982. It also hosted several events of the 1991 Mediterranean Games and the 1997 World Championships in Athletics, sought in order to prove that it was capable of hosting major sporting events after the failure of Athens to win the 1996 Summer Olympics.

It was extensively renovated in time for the 2004 Summer Olympics, including a roof designed by Santiago Calatrava that was added atop the sidelines. The roof was completed just in time for the opening of the Games, and the stadium was then officially re-opened on 30 July 2004. It hosted the athletics events and the football final at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[2] It also hosted the opening ceremony on 13 August 2004, and the closing ceremony on 29 August 2004. The stadium's attendance was reduced to 71,030 for the Olympics, the initial capacity was some 75,000, though only 56,700 seats were made publicly available for the track and field events and slightly more for the football final. The turf system consists of natural grass in modular containers which incorporate irrigation and drainage systems.

Major events

It has been used at various times as a home ground by the three major football clubs of the Athens area, Olympiacos Piraeus, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens. The record attendance for a football match has been 75,263 in a clash between Olympiacos and Hamburg on 3 November 1983.

It hosted the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final on 23 May between AC Milan and Liverpool, which was won 2–1 by Milan, the 1994 Final also won by Milan, the 1983 Final as well as the 1987 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final.

The stadium played host to Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! Benefit Concert on 3 October 1988. The show was headlined by Sting and Peter Gabriel and also featured Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour and George Dalaras.

P!nk was scheduled to perform during her I'm Not Dead Tour on 19 July 2007, but she cancelled the show, due to illness.[3]

U2 performed in front of a crowd of 82,662, during their 360° Tour on 3 September 2010, making it the highest attended concert ever held in Greece.

Pyx Lax performed also in front of a crowd of about 80,000, during their reunion tour in 13 July 2011. It was the highest attended greek-band-concert.

Bon Jovi performed during their Bon Jovi Live Tour on 20 July 2011. The show was successful and almost sold out.

Gallery

Inside the Athens Olympic Stadium, during 2004 Summer Olympics

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 38°2′9.93″N 23°47′15.48″E / 38.0360917°N 23.7876333°E / 38.0360917; 23.7876333


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