Hellinikon Olympic Arena

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Hellinikon Olympic Arena
Κλειστό Γήπεδο Ελληνικού
Exterior of the Hellinikon Indoor Arena.
Location Hellinikon, Athens, Greece
Coordinates 37°53′37″N 23°43′24″E / 37.89361°N 23.72333°E / 37.89361; 23.72333Coordinates: 37°53′37″N 23°43′24″E / 37.89361°N 23.72333°E / 37.89361; 23.72333
Owner Olympic Properties S.A.
Operator Olympic Properties S.A.
Capacity Basketball: 15,000[1]
Handball: 13,500
Surface Parquet
Construction
Broke ground 2003
Opened June 4, 2004
Construction cost 49 million euros (2003)
Main contractors Michaniki and EllisDon Construction Corporation
Tenants
Hellenic Basketball Federation
(Greek Basketball Cup Final)
Exterior of the arena.

The Hellinikon Olympic Indoor Arena is a multi-use sports indoor arena that is located in Ellinikon, Athens, Greece. It is a part of the Hellinikon Olympic Complex, and it is located adjacent to the Hellinikon Fencing Hall. It is approximately 10 miles from the Athens Olympic Village. It was built on the site of the former Hellinikon International Airport for the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2004 Summer Paralympics. The facility seats 15,000 spectators for basketball,[1] and 13,500 for handball. It is also known as the National Athletic Center Elliniko "Makis Liougas".

History[edit]

The facility, which was built by Michaniki and EllisDon Construction Corporation was completed on May 31, 2004, and officially opened on July 30, 2004. It was built to be one of the most NBA-like arenas in Europe at the time. It was converted into a basketball arena by converting the old Athens Airport aircraft repair hangar of the Olympic Airways airline that had closed in the year 2001. The metal frame of the arena is the only part of the structure that remains from the original building. This was done to save in costs for both land and construction. The cost of the project was about 49 million euros in 2003 costs.

2004 Olympics[edit]

The arena hosted the baskbetball preliminary matches and the handball finals.[2] During the 2004 Summer Paralympics, it was also the venue used for wheelchair rugby.

Greek Basket League[edit]

The arena has been used as a home arena, at one time or another, of the Greek Basket League basketball teams Panionios, Panellinios, AEK Athens, and Olympiacos Piraeus. It also currently hosts the finals matches of the Greek Cup.

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