Ammochostos Stadium

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Ammochostos Stadium
Ammochostosstadiumnew4.jpg
Location Larnaca, Cyprus
Coordinates 34°55′47″N 33°36′47″E / 34.92972°N 33.61306°E / 34.92972; 33.61306Coordinates: 34°55′47″N 33°36′47″E / 34.92972°N 33.61306°E / 34.92972; 33.61306
Owner Nea Salamis FC
Operator Nea Salamis FC
Capacity 5500
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 1991
Opened 1992 (1992)
Renovated 1998
Tenants
Nea Salamis FC (1991-)
Cyprus national under-21 football team

Ammochostos Stadium (Greek: Γήπεδο 'Αμμόχωστος') is a multi-purpose stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Nea Salamis FC.

History[edit]

The original home ground of Nea Salamina FC was GSE Stadium in Famagusta, but due to the Turkish occupation of the town since 1974 they cannot use it. After that, Nea Salamis FC moved, temporarily, to Larnaca and built their own stadium.

The decision to build the stadium came in 1989. The December of the same year it started to be built. After many wages offered from Salamis fans in Cyprus and abroad, from Cyprus Sports Association and from many workers it was built in a short time.[1][2]

The first official game of Nea Salamina Famagusta in the stadium was played on Saturday, 12 October 1991 with Evagoras Paphos as opponent. Nea Salamina won 4–1.[3]

The stadium hosted the 1992 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship final on 17 May 1992 between Germany and Spain where Germany won 2-1.[4]

In 1998 some improvement works took place in the stadium.

Ammochostos Stadium has a capacity of 5000 seats and is located in Larnaca. Soon, a third shuttle will be built and the stadium will hold 7,500 people.

Since 2007, under the south shuttle of the stadium is the dwelling and the offices of Nea Salamis FC.[5]

Name[edit]

Ammochostos Stadium named after the town of Famagusta (Greek: Αμμόχωστος; Ammochostos), which was the original seat of Nea Salamina before the Turkish invasion.

Other teams[edit]

The stadium was used for some periods as a home ground by Alki Larnaca FC (2007—2009),[6] AEL Limassol (in 2001, for a little period due to the improvement of their own ground),[7] Ermis Aradippou (2001–2002, 2010-2012, 2013-14) and Doxa Katokopia (2012-2013).

Gallery[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ ΝΕΑ ΣΑΛΑΜΙΝΑ ΑΜΜΟΧΩΣΤΟΥ. Αθλητισμός (in Greek). Famagusta municipality. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  2. ^ Stilianou 1998, p. 188
  3. ^ Stilianou 1998, p. 191
  4. ^ "European U-16 Championship 1992". RSSSF. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  5. ^ "Nea Salamis FC". Retrieved 2009-05-23. [dead link]
  6. ^ "TYPOS.COM.CY". TYPOS.COM.CY. 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  7. ^ "TYPOS.COM.CY". TYPOS.COM.CY. 2001-06-15. Retrieved 2009-05-23.