AEL FC Arena

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AEL FC Arena
AEL FC Arena.jpg
Full nameAEL FC Arena
LocationNeapoli, Larissa, Greece
Coordinates39°36′55″N 22°23′57″E / 39.61528°N 22.39917°E / 39.61528; 22.39917
Public transitOSE-Logo.svg Larissa railway station
OwnerGipedo Larissa A.E.
OperatorAEL
Executive suites38
Capacity16,118
Field size105 x 68 m
SurfaceGrass
Scoreboard2 LED
Construction
Broke groundMay 2009
BuiltSeptember 2009 - November 2010
Opened23 November 2010
Construction cost 42,000,000
ArchitectPotiropoulos D+L architects S.A.
Structural engineerNtontos ATE - Katharios ATEVE - ERGO3 ATTEE
Tenants
Athletic Union of Larissa (2010–2013, 2015–)
Website
AEL FC ARENA

The AEL FC Arena is the home ground of Greek football club Athlitiki Enosi Larissa F.C..

The stadium was developed in a total of 144,000 square meters in the Mezourlo Hill, district of Neapolis, Larissa. Construction of the stadium started in September 2009 and was completed in November 2010. According to UEFA stadium categories, AEL FC Arena, is rated as category three of four, (renamed from elite) in ascending ranking order.

The seating capacity is 16,118 all covered, with the possibility to expand to 18,000. It also includes 38 VIP boxes, for 12 spectators each. The stadium complex, called Crimson Park, includes parking lots for 1,104 vehicles, commercial spaces, a movie theater, and a 1,500-seat open-air theater, 12 tennis courts and lies near the Neapolis Indoor Hall. The new sports venue is ideally located - regarding the urban location - with a fair accession in the transport system and has good accessibility from two main motorways and proximity to the city's center.

The stadium was inaugurated on 23 November, followed by a concert by Filippos Pliatsikas (himself a fan of the team) and Dionysis Tsaknis.

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The first football match at AEL FC Arena took place on December 5, 2010 in the framework of its 13th Super League game 2010-11, in the match between AEL and PAOK which ended with a score of 1-2. The first goal scored on the field came at 11 'by PAOK's Chilean footballer, Pablo Contreras.


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Coordinates: 39°36′56″N 22°23′58″E / 39.61561°N 22.39949°E / 39.61561; 22.39949