P.A.O.K. Sports Arena

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P.A.O.K. Sports Arena
Palataki
PAOK Sports Arena.
P.A.O.K. Sports Arena.
Location Pylaia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Coordinates 40°33′56.18″N 22°58′52.51″E / 40.5656056°N 22.9812528°E / 40.5656056; 22.9812528Coordinates: 40°33′56.18″N 22°58′52.51″E / 40.5656056°N 22.9812528°E / 40.5656056; 22.9812528
Owner P.A.O.K. B.C.
Capacity Basketball:
8,500[1] (fan seating)
8,700 (with media seating)
Concerts:
10,000
Surface Parquet
Construction
Broke ground March 18, 1990
Opened 2000
Tenants
P.A.O.K. B.C.
(2000-present)
P.A.O.K. V.C.
(2002-present)

P.A.O.K. Sports Arena (in Greek: Κλειστό γήπεδο ΠΑΟΚ) is located in Pylaia, Thessaloniki, Greece and it hosts the P.A.O.K. B.C. and P.A.O.K. V.C. departments of P.A.O.K. It was opened in the year 2000 and in the same year it hosted the Euroleague and Greek Cup final-fours. It is built on land donated by Ioannis Dedeoglou, for which P.A.O.K. B.C. holds an annual tournament in his honor. It has 8,500[1] seats for fans and guests (8,700 counting media seating) and has 502 parking spots. The P.A.O.K. volleyball department P.A.O.K. V.C. had to wait until 2002 to begin using the stadium.

Directions to the stadium[edit]

The arena is in southeast Thessaloniki, Greece, located in the Pylea borough, 7 km from the city centre and around 1 km from Thessaloniki's International Airport. The arena lies 300m off the junction, on a small hill. Bus lines #69, #72 or #76 provide public transport to the arena.

Construction of PAOK Sports Arena[edit]

PAOK BC had to wait 10 years from the laying of the arena's foundations (on March 18, 1990) and 12 years from the time Ioannis Dedeoglou donated the land (June 17, 1988) until the sports arena was complete.

Ioannis and his brother Thanasis Dedeoglou first began to think about a new major European sports arena in Thessaloniki in 1991, by donating land to PAOK. A proposal to host the Euroleague Final Four in the new Arena, increased the motivation to complete the stadium. FIBA Europe accepted the offer and the construction was finished in time. The stadium also hosted earlier that year the Greek Cup Final Four, as its first major event.

Tournaments held[edit]

First Ioannis Dedeoglou Tournament[edit]

The first tournament took place in 2004 and four teams competed. They were KK Hemofarm, Panathinaikos BC, PAOK BC, and Ulker. The first games took place on September 24, 2004, in which Panathinaikos won against Hemofarm 83-79 while PAOK beat Ulker 77-57. The very next day Hemofarm vs. Ulker and PAOK vs. Panathinaikos took place, to decide who would earn the final positions. Hemofarm beat Ulker 84-74 for its third place finish and PAOK beat Panathinaikos in a close game of 79-76 for first place.

Second Ioannis Dedeoglou Tournament[edit]

The second tournament was held in September 2005. The teams that participated were AEK, FC Barcelona, Red Star Belgrade, and PAOK. The first day of the tournament fans got to see a Greek derby between PAOK and AEK, which PAOK won 77-72. The next game of the day took place between Barcelona and Red Star, in which Barcelona won 77-67. The following day, AEK was put against Red Star and lost 54-75. The final was a real feast for the eyes, it finished with both teams tied at 87 points; it was a great game in which Barcelona ended up beating PAOK in overtime 102-101.

Euroleague 2000 Final Four[edit]

Thessaloniki Final Four Logo.

PAOK Sports Arena hosted the Euroleague Final Four in 2000, during the Euroleague's inaugural year.

Concerts[edit]


A number of concerts also take place in the arena. Artists that have performed include Pet Shop Boys and Sakis Rouvas. On the 18 September 2010, The Prodigy performed with an attendance of 10,000 people.

Breakdown of Matches[edit]


Final[edit]

Third place[edit]

FC Barcelona - Efes Pilsen 69-75

Semi-Finals[edit]

  • Panathinikos Athens (GRE) - Efes Pilsen (TUR) 81-71
  • Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) - FC Barcelona (ESP) 65-51
Preceded by
Olympiahalle
Munich
FIBA Euroleague
Final Four
Venue

2000
Succeeded by
Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy
Paris
Preceded by
Sports Palace Cosmos
Belgorod
CEV Champions League
Final Venue

2005
Succeeded by
PalaLottomatica
Rome

Facts[edit]

  • The stadium's inaugural game was the semifinal between AEK Athens BC and Maroussi BC. AEK qualified and went on to win the Cup.
  • The first game featuring PAOK, took place on March 17, 2000, against Panathinaikos BC.
  • PAOK player Anatoli Zurbenko scored the first points inside PAOK Sports Arena.
  • PAOK Sports Arena is the largest privately owned basketball stadium in Greece. Both the Olympic Indoor Hall and the Peace and Friendship Stadium (home grounds of Panathinaikos BC and Olympiakos BC, respectively) are larger, yet they are property of the Greek State.

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