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Olympic Stadium
OAKA
Spiros Louis Stadium
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Full name Athens Olympic Stadium
Location Maroussi, Athens, Greece
Built 1979[1]
Opened 1982[1]
Renovated 2000-2004 (Olympic Games)[1]
Owner Greek Government
Operator OAKA
Surface Grass
Construction cost €265 million (Renovation 2004)
Architect Santiago Calatrava (Renovation)
Capacity 71,030[1]
Field dimensions 105 x 68 m[1]
Tenants
Panathinaikos
AEK Athens
Athens 2004

The Olympic Stadium (Greek: Ολυμπιακό Στάδιο), is a stadium that is part of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. It is also known as the Athens Olympic Stadium, and Spiridon "Spiros" Louis Stadium, named after the man to win the first (modern) Olympic marathon race in 1896.

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Located in the area of Maroussi in Athens, it is the major Greek stadium and hosted the athletics events and the football (soccer) final at the 2004 Summer Olympics. It also hosted the opening ceremony on August 13, 2004, and the closing ceremony on August 29, 2004. The stadium's record attendance is 74,473 but it was configured to seat 72,000 during the Olympics, 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.

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 Olympics, including a controversial [2] 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 July 30, 2004.

The Olympic Stadium has been used at various times as a home ground by the three major football clubs of Athens, Olympiacos Piraeus, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens. Panathinaikos has been using the stadium regularly since 2005 for its matches. In the 2007-08 season, they returned to Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, their old home ground for the clubs centenary season. For the 2008-09 season, they will return to Athens Olympic Stadium until the new stadium, the Votanikos Arena, is built.

The stadium hosted the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final on May 23, 2007 between AC Milan and Liverpool FC, which was won 2-1 by AC Milan. This stadium also hosted the 1994 UEFA Champions League Final (which was also won by AC Milan), the 1983 European Cup Final as well as the 1987 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final. The stadium was used as a concert venue by performers such as Tina Turner, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones and Madonna. Madonna's concert touched the number of 75,637 viewers, making the Sticky & Sweet Tour the most successful concert ever held in Greece.

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Inside the Athens Olympic Stadium, during 2004 Summer Olympics

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Preceded by
De Kuip
Rotterdam
European Cup
Final Venue

1983
Succeeded by
Stadio Olimpico
Rome
Preceded by
Stade de Gerland
Lyon
European Cup Winners Cup
Final Venue

1987
Succeeded by
Stade de la Meinau
Strasbourg
Preceded by
Olympic Stadium
Munich
UEFA Champions League
Final Venue

1994
Succeeded by
Ernst Happel Stadion
Vienna
Preceded by
Ullevi
Gothenburg
IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Venue

1997
Succeeded by
Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla
Seville
Preceded by
Stadium Australia
Sydney
Summer Olympics
Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Olympic Stadium)

2004
Succeeded by
Beijing National Stadium
Beijing
Preceded by
Stadium Australia
Sydney
Olympic Athletics competitions
Main Venue

2004
Succeeded by
Beijing National Stadium
Beijing
Preceded by
Stadium Australia
Sydney
Olympic Football tournament
Final Venue

2004
Succeeded by
Beijing National Stadium
Beijing
Preceded by
Stade de France
St-Denis
UEFA Champions League
Final Venue

2007
Succeeded by
Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow
Preceded by
Karaiskakis Stadium
Piraeus
1996
Greek Super Cup
venue

2007
Succeeded by

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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The Athens Olympic Stadium(Ολυμπιακό Στάδιο) is a sports stadium in Athens, Greece.

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