Kaftanzoglio Stadium

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Kaftanzoglio Stadium
Καυτανζόγλειο στάδιο
Kaftanzoglio west stand.jpg
Full name Ethniko Stadion "Lysimachos Kaftanzoglou"
Location Thessaloniki, Greece
Built 1960
Opened 27 October 1960
Renovated 2004
Owner General Secretariat for Sports
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Yes
Capacity 27,770[1]
Field size 105 x 68 m
Tenants
Iraklis (1960–2002, 2004–)
Doxa Drama (2011–2012)
1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup
Mediterranean Games 1991
Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics
IAAF Meeting 2006
European Cup 2006
IAAF World Athletics Final 2009
Veria F.C. 2013
Exterior view

Kaftanzoglio Stadium (Greek: Καυτανζόγλειο στάδιο) is a sports stadium in Thessaloniki, Greece. The stadium was built with money donated by the Kaftanzoglou Foundation, hence its name. At the time of its opening on 27 October 1960, the stadium was one of the highest quality stadiums in the Balkans.[2] It currently has 27,770 seats, owing to a comprehensive renovation before reopening to host football matches for the 2004 Summer Olympics, which was centred in Athens.[3] It was the largest stadium in Greece until 1982, but has since been surpassed in capacity by the Olympic Stadium in Athens.

It is the home football stadium of Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C. since 1960.

On the 15th of October 1969, the attendance record was set with 47,458 fans present for a FIFA World Cup qualifying match, witnessing Greece defeat Switzerland by a 4–1 score. In 1973 it hosted the European Cup Winners Cup Final, which resulted in a 1–0 victory for A.C. Milan over Leeds United.

Athletics events[edit]

The stadium regularly plays host to athletics events; it features the European Athletics Association event "Olympic Meeting Thessaloniki" every year; it hosted the Greek national championships in 2009, and it has been used for both athletics at the Mediterranean Games and the European Cup in athletics. It was the host stadium for the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kaftanzoglio Stadium - Thessaloniki, Greece". Kaftanzoglio.gr. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  2. ^ a b FACILITIES – KAFTANZOGLIO STADIUM. IAAF World Athletics Final Thessaloniki. Retrieved on 2009-09-08.
  3. ^ 2004 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. p. 324.

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Preceded by
Camp Nou
Barcelona
UEFA Cup Winners Cup
Final Venue

1973
Succeeded by
De Kuip
Rotterdam

Coordinates: 40°37′31.79″N 22°58′1.21″E / 40.6254972°N 22.9670028°E / 40.6254972; 22.9670028