Stádio Olympiakó Spiros Louis (OAKA)
|600 (Press seats)|
|Project||(2002) Santiago Calatrava|
|Record attendance||75,263 (Olympiacos - HSV, 03.11.1983)|
Stádio Spiros Louis – stadium description
The ground was first opened in 1982 after two years of construction works. Structure erected back then exists still today – the double-tiered stands encircling the pitch and athletics track. Largest revamp so far took place in 2002-04 as Athens were preparing to host Summer Olympics. An impressive roof by Santiago Calatrava started dominating the skyline of nearby districts, clearly indicating where Olympic Complex stands.
Works estimated at some €265m ended just before the opening of 2004 Games, but the event went undisturbed, culminating short but rich history of sporting events. First it was European Championships in Athletics (1982), then Mediterranean Games (1991) and later World Championships in Athletics (1997).
Largest crowds were still drawn by football, though. All of the largest clubs from Athens and nearby Piraeus have been using it as hosts at various occasions with Panathinaikos and AEK still leasing it. Apart from their games Greek national side also plays here and in 2007 first ever Champions League final was played in Greece thanks to that stadium. Over the years various concerts also took place here, to name just Madonna, U2 and Bon Jovi performing.
Greece: Olympic Stadium in Athens closed for safety reasons
The main arena of the 2004 Olympic Games had to be taken out of use. This was because the structure of the venue's roof failed safety tests and could pose a danger.
Athens: UEFA investigates jumping Olympiakó
As a result of Bayern supporters bouncing in their section, a whole segment of upper tier began shaking significantly, causing concerns over safety. UEFA officially intervened about the issue.
Athens: Pole vaulter sues over national stadium injury
Golden medalist Konstantinos Filippidis demands €530,000 in damages over injury he suffered from at the national stadium in Athens.
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Euro 2020: Confirmed candidates list
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Athens: Olympic Stadium roof in need of urgent work
Built in 2004, the new roof of Stádio Olympiakó Spiros Louis is in need of urgent repairs, which may cost as much as €130 million ($173 million)! Ministry of Culture assures adequate measures will be taken.
Athens: Panathinaikos return to their old stadium
The impoverished powerhouse of Greek football prepare to move back to their historic Leoforos stadium. After current season ends, capacity is to be increased to reach 20,000 seats.