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Agia Sophia – design description
New stadium for AEK is to loosely refer to ancient architecture. Simple measures used in the design were created by Thanasis Kyratsous, who is responsible for the majestic main entrance or four massive towers in all corners. These are to support the steel roof, allowing for now internal supports to obstruct the view.
Capacity of 32,500, perhaps even 34,000 is planned. In that number there will be 40 skyboxes, while all fans will be able to use some of the 1,7000 parking spots in direct vicinity, of which 400-500 are to be under ground.
The stadium is to be erected in AEK’s spiritual home, the northern Nea Filadelfeia district. This is where the old stadium was located until demolition in 2003. It was commonly referred to as “Hagia Sophia” and the new stadium is to include some of that mood, seeing all entries but one (Gate 21 for fanatic fans) named after historical cities of the Anatolia.
Construction began in July 2017 and the project will require changes to the transport infrastructure, but is expected to be cheap for the club and cost around €80 million. The facility is expected to be ready in the summer of 2022.
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Greece: Agia Sophia construction nearing completion
The moment when AEK Athens will compete in its new stadium is approaching fast. The club has made an official request to the Greek Super League authorities to play the first league match away. This way, AEK will have more time for finishing work on the stadium, which is scheduled to be officially opened on September 17.
Athens: AEK break ground in Nea Philadelphia!
It's almost unbelievable that we're actually seeing it happen. Today heavy machinery began work in the Athens district of Nea Philadelphia, beginning construction of Greece's largest private stadium.
Athens: AEK might build their stadium eventually
Construction was expected to begin in January, except it was January 2014. Three years later the design is finally accepted, but has to be amended first…
Athens: Major hurdle cleared for new AEK stadium
The Environment Ministry has given the green light for the construction of AEK’s new soccer stadium at Nea Philadelphia in northern Athens after it approved a prerequsitie environmental study. Ekathimerini report.
Athens: AEK groundbreaking on hold (again)
AEK Athens are still unsure of their new stadium being built. The delayed project is now 45 days more behind as ministers agree to prolong deliberations.
Athens: Residents lose against new stadium for AEK
The Greek Council of State rejected an injunction by the Nea Filadelfia-Halkidona municipality, Greece, and residents there against the construction of a new stadium for AEK FC, in a plenary decision behind closed doors, it was announced Friday.
Athens: AEK’s new stadium passed by Parliament
Fans of the Yellow-Blacks had cause for celebration yesterday, as majority of the Parliament voted in support of their new stadium. Now the club only needs a planning permission to break ground.
Athens: AEK finally close to groundbreaking?
Plans of launching construction in January 2014 are already exceeded significantly, but latest news by GreekReporter.com suggest AEK may soon see the desired stadium break ground.
Athens: AEK stadium groundbreaking in May?
After consultations there's already a ministerial signature to allow the new AEK stadium. Three more are needed for construction to begin, but AEK hope they'll be able to break ground in May.
Athens: Public consultation on AEK stadium to begin
Environment Ministry of Greece yesterday released the regulation concerning Nea Philadelphia redevelopment plans. As GreekReporter.com informs, the document will now be subject to public consultation.