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OAKA Stadium, 37 Kifissias Ave. and Spirou Loui, Maroussi, Athens
Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 21:05
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OAKA Stadium
Athens - Greece
37 Kifissias Ave. and Spirou Loui, Maroussi, Athens

OAKA Stadium, in full Olympic Athletic Center of Athens “Spiros Louis”, got built between 1980 and 1982, and opened on 8 September 1982 with the European Athletics Championships.

The stadium was named after Spiros Louis, the Greek winner of the first Olympic marathon in 1896.

One year later, in 1983, OAKA Stadium hosted the European Cup final between Hamburger SV and Juventus (1-0). In 1987, the stadium hosted the Cup Winners’ Cup final between Ajax and Lokomotiv Leipzig (1-0).

In 1984, Panathinaikos moved into OAKA after their Leoforos Stadium had fallen into disrepair. AEK used the stadium between 1985 and 1987, but then decided to move back to their Nea Filadelfeia.

In 1994, OAKA Stadium hosted their second European Cup final, this time contested between AC Milan and Barcelona (4-0).

Panathinaikos moved back to the upgraded Leoforos in 2000, and soon after works started to redevelop OAKA Stadium for the 2004 Olympics. Its most striking new feature was the roof designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

During the games, the stadium hosted, among others, the opening and closing ceremonies and the athletics events.

In 2007, OAKA Stadium hosted the Champions League final between AC Milan and Liverpool (2-1).

After the Olympics, both AEK and Panathinaikos had moved back into the stadium as their own stadiums had again fallen into disrepair and failed to pass safety requirements.

Both clubs made plans to build new stadiums, and AEK even demolished Nea Filadelfeia, but plans each time got stuck on a lack of funding. AEK recently once again presented plans for a new stadium, Agia Sofia Stadium, but planning procedures are still ongoing.

While Panathinaikos did not manage to get a new stadium project off the ground either, they did manage to patch up their Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium sufficiently to move back in in 2014.

How to get to OAKA Stadium

OAKA Stadium is part of the Olympic complex that is located in the Maroussi area in the north of Athens, about 9 kilometres from Athens city centre.

The stadium can be reached by metro. Stations Irini and Neratziotissa on line M1 lie at close distance from the Olympic complex. Line M1 runs straight through Athens city centre.

Capacity: 69,918 seats

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