- Olympic Stadium (Athens)
Olympic Stadium OAKA Full name Olympic Stadium Spyros Louis Location Maroussi, Athens, Greece Built 1979 Opened 1982 Renovated 2002–2004 (Olympic Games) Owner Greek Government Operator OAKA S.A. Surface Grass Construction cost €265 million (Renovation 2004) Architect Santiago Calatrava (Renovation) Capacity 69,618 Field dimensions 105 x 68 m Tenants AEK Athens 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of 2004 Summer Olympics
- ^ a b c d e "Description: Capacity". O.A.K.A. "Spiros Louis". http://www.oaka.com.gr/article_detail.asp?e_cat_serial=001003001001&e_cat_id=138&e_article_id=161. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- ^ 2004 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. pp. 242, 324.
- ^ Release Regarding P!nk's Canceled Athens Show PinksPage, 23 July 2007
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Venue in European competitions Events and tenants Preceded by
Stade de Gerland
European Cup Winners Cup
Stade de la Meinau
UEFA Champions League
Ernst Happel Stadion
Stade de France
UEFA Champions League
Greek Super Cup
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Summer Olympic stadiaAthens 1896 • Paris 1900 • St Louis 1904 • London 1908 • Stockholm 1912 • Antwerp 1920 • Paris 1924 • Amsterdam 1928 • Los Angeles 1932 • Berlin 1936 • London 1948 • Helsinki 1952 • Melbourne 1956 • Rome 1960 • Tokyo 1964 • México City 1968 • Munich 1972 • Montréal 1976 • Moscow 1980 • Los Angeles 1984 • Seoul 1988 • Barcelona 1992 • Atlanta 1996 • Sydney 2000 • Athens 2004 • Beijing 2008 • London 2012 • Rio de Janeiro 2016 OAKA HOCFencing Hall · Helliniko Indoor Arena · Olympic Baseball Centre · Olympic Canoe/Kayak Slalom Centre · Olympic Hockey Centre · Olympic Softball Stadium FaliroFaliro Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre · Faliro Sports Pavilion Arena · Peace and Friendship Stadium GOCGoudi Olympic Hall · Olympic Modern Pentathlon Centre Football venues Other venuesAgios Kosmas Olympic Sailing Centre · Ano Liosia Olympic Hall · Galatsi Olympic Hall · Kotzia Square · Marathon (city) · Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre · Markopoulo Olympic Shooting Centre · Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall · Panathinaiko Stadium · Parnitha Olympic Mountain Bike Venue · Peristeri Olympic Boxing Hall · Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre · Stadium at Olympia · Vouliagmeni Olympic Centre List of Olympic venues in football1900: Vélodrome de Vincennes · 1904: Francis Field · 1908: White City Stadium · 1912: Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm Olympic Stadium (final), Traneberg · 1920: Jules Ottenstadion, Olympisch Stadion (final), Stade Joseph Marien, Stadion Broodstraat · 1924: Stade Bergeyre, Stade de Colombes (final), Stade de Paris, Stade Pershing · 1928: Monnikenhuize, Olympic Stadium (final), Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel · 1936: Hertha-BSC Field, Mommsenstadion, Olympic Stadium (final), Poststadion · 1948: Arsenal Stadium, Champion Hill, Craven Cottage, Cricklefield Stadium, Empire Stadium (medal matches), Green Pond Road, Griffin Park, Selhurst Park, White Hart Lane · 1952: Helsinki Football Grounds, Kotka, Lahti, Olympic Stadium (final), Tampere, Turku · 1956: Melbourne Cricket Ground (final), Olympic Park Stadium · 1960: Florence Communal Stadium, Grosseto Communal Stadium, L'Aquila Communal Stadium, Livorno Ardenza Stadium, Naples Saint Paul's Stadium, Pescara Adriatic Stadium, Stadio Flaminio (final) · 1964: Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium, Mitsuzawa Football Field, Osaka Nagai Stadium, Tokyo National Stadium (final), Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium, Ōmiya Football Field, Prince Chichiba Memorial Football Field · 1968: Estadio Azteca (final), Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Estadio Nou Camp, Jalisco Stadium · 1972: Drei Flüsse Stadion, ESV-Stadion, Jahnstadion, Olympiastadion (final), Rosenaustadion, Urban Stadium · 1976: Lansdowne Park, Olympic Stadium (final), Sherbrooke Stadium, Varsity Stadium · 1980: Dynama Stadium, Dynamo Central Stadium, Grand Arena, Grand Arena (final), Kirov Stadium, Republican Stadium · 1984: Harvard Stadium, Navy – Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Rose Bowl (final), Stanford Stadium · 1988: Buson Stadium, Daegu Stadium, Daejeon Stadium, Dongdaemun Stadium, Olympic Stadium (final) · 1992: Estadi de la Nova Creu Alta, Estadi del FC Barcelona (final), Estadio Luís Casanova, La Romareda, RCD Espanyol Stadium · 1996: Florida Citrus Bowl, Legion Field, Orange Bowl, RFK Memorial Stadium, Sanford Stadium (final) · 2000: Brisbane Cricket Ground, Bruce Stadium, Hindmarsh Stadium, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Olympic Stadium (men's final), Sydney Football Stadium (women's final) · 2004: Kaftanzoglio Stadium, Karaiskakis Stadium, Olympic Stadium (final), Pampeloponnisiako Stadium, Pankritio Stadium, Panthessaliko Stadium · 2008: Beijing National Stadium (final), Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Shanghai Stadium, Shenyang Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium, Workers Stadium · 2012: City of Coventry Stadium, Hampden Park, Millennium Stadium, St James' Park, Wembley Stadium (final) · 2016: Brasília National Stadium, Fonte Nova, Maracanã (final), Mineirão, Morumbi
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