Faliro Sports Pavilion Arena

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Faliro Arena
The Little Peace and Friendship Stadium
Faliro Sport Pavillion.jpg
Location Palaio Faliro, Athens, Greece
Coordinates 37°56′09.94″N 23°41′27.91″E / 37.9360944°N 23.6910861°E / 37.9360944; 23.6910861Coordinates: 37°56′09.94″N 23°41′27.91″E / 37.9360944°N 23.6910861°E / 37.9360944; 23.6910861
Broke ground June 2002
Opened August 12, 2004
Owner Olympic Real Estates S.A.
Construction cost 38 million euros (2002)
Architect Thymios Papagiannis and Associates
Capacity Handball: 8,536
Basketball: 10,000

The Faliro Sports Pavilion Arena which is part of the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex is an indoor arena in Palaio Faliro, near Athens, Greece. It is nicknamed "The Little Peace And Friendship Stadium", due to its similarity in design and close proximity to the Peace and Friendship Stadium. It was the site of the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics preliminary matches of handball, as well as the taekwondo competition. The arena seats 8,536 for handball matches, though only 5,800 seats were made publicly available during the Olympics. The capacity is up to 10,000 spectators.

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The arena was completed on December 20, 2003, and it officially opened on August 12, 2004, shortly before the 2004 Olympics began. In June of 2010, the arena hosted the 7th MAD Video Music Awards, held by Mad TV, and hosted by Themis Georgantas. The Prodigy had a sold-out concert event at the arena. Tiesto performed at the arena, during his Kaleidoscope World Tour. The arena is also known as a long-time venue for Holiday on Ice shows.

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