Athens Olympic Sports Complex

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Athens Olympic Park
Aerial view of Olympic complex in Athens 2004 DSC06793.jpg
Full name Olympic Athletic Center of Athens "Spiros Louis"
Location Maroussi, Athens, Greece
Owner Greek Government
Renovated 2000–2004 (Olympic Games)
Architect Santiago Calatrava (Revamping)

The Athens Olympic Park (formerly known as Olympic Athletic Center of Athens "Spiros Louis" (Greek: Ολυμπιακό Αθλητικό Κέντρο Αθηνών "Σπύρος Λούης") or OACA (OAKA) ), is a sport facilities complex located at Marousi, northeast Athens, Greece. The complex consists of five major venues as well as other supplementary sport facilities.

The Olympic Athletic Center of Athens has hosted the Mediterranean Games in 1991, the World Championship in Athletics in 1997 as well as other important athletic and cultural events. The most significant event the Athens Olympic Sports Complex has hosted, was the Olympic Games. OACA was the main venue for the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. The complex was revamped for the games under a design produced by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.


Olympic Stadium[edit]

Olympic Stadium

The stadium, built in 1982 and refurbished in 2004, hosted the athletics events and the soccer final, as well as the Opening Ceremony on August 13, 2004 and the Closing Ceremony on August 29, 2004.

It is currently used as the home ground of AEK Athens FC , one of the biggest football clubs in Greece.

The stadium was originally built in 1982 and was extensively refurbished for the games, including the addition of a roof.

Olympic Indoor Hall[edit]

Main article: Olympic Indoor Hall

The Olympic Indoor Hall (also known simply as the Indoor Hall) was completed in 1995 and was the largest indoor venue in use for sporting events at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. It is part of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, in the suburb of Maroussi. The arena was used for artistic gymnastics and trampolining and also hosted the finals of the basketball matches at the games. On May 18 and 20, 2006, the Olympic Indoor Hall hosted the 51st Eurovision Song Contest, that was held in Athens after Greece's victory at the Song Contest in 2005.

Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre[edit]

Athens Olympic Velodrome[edit]

Athens Olympic Tennis Centre[edit]

Transportation to and from the venue[edit]

The Athens Olympic Sports Complex can be reached by Metro [stations "Neratziotissa" and "Irini" of Metro Line 1 (Green Line)], by suburban train (Proastiakos station "Neratziotissa"), or by direct bus lines [A7 (Kaniggos – Kifissia), 602 (N. Ionia – Kalogreza – Panormou Metro Station), 550 (P. Faliro – Kifissia).


While it was reported in 2008 that almost all of the Olympic venues utilized for the 2004 games, including certain facilities in the Sports Complex such as the velodrome and tennis center, have fallen into varying states of dereliction or disrepair, all of the facilities in the Athens Olympic Sports Complex are still in use today.[1][2]

The table below illustrates how the Athens Olympic Sports Complex facilities are used today:

Facility Olympics use Current use
Olympic Stadium (OAKA) Opening and closing ceremonies, track and field, football Home pitch for Panathinaikos FC,[3] AEK FC[4] (football; Greek Super League, UEFA Champions League), Greek national football team (some matches), international football competitions (e.g. the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final);[5] track and field events (e.g. IAAF Athens Grand Prix[6]), concerts
Athens Olympic Indoor Hall Basketball, gymnastics Home court for Panathinaikos BC[7] (Greek basketball league, Euroleague); Greek National Basketball Team(Acropolis Tournament), International basketball competitions (e.g. the Euroleague final in 2007, Eurovision 2006, and the 2008 FIBA Olympic Basketball Qualifying Tournament,[8]) Concerts
Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre Swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo Domestic and international swimming meets,[9][10][11] public pool[12]
Athens Olympic Tennis Centre Tennis Domestic and international tennis matches,[13][14] Status Athens Open[15]
Athens Olympic Velodrome Cycling Domestic and international cycling meets[16]


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  9. ^ "Ολυμπιακό Αθλητικό Κέντρο Αθηνών". Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  10. ^ "Ολυμπιακό Αθλητικό Κέντρο Αθηνών". 2008-03-22. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  11. ^ "Ολυμπιακό Αθλητικό Κέντρο Αθηνών". 2006-07-16. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  12. ^ "Ελλάδα: Σβησμένα φώτα στις ολυμπιακές εγκαταστάσεις". 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  13. ^ "Ολυμπιακό Αθλητικό Κέντρο Αθηνών". Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  14. ^ "Athens Tennis Academy". Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  15. ^ "April 17–25 at O.A.K.A.". Status Athens Open. Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  16. ^ "Ολυμπιακό Αθλητικό Κέντρο Αθηνών". Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 


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Coordinates: 38°02′19″N 23°47′09″E / 38.03861°N 23.78583°E / 38.03861; 23.78583