Olympic Stadium (Athens)

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Olympic Athletic Center of Athens O.A.K.A (Spyros Louis)
Olympic Stadium
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Exterior view of the stadium from the northwest, in June 2009. The Olympic cauldron is visible at left.
Full name Olympic Stadium (full official name of the stadium)
Location Maroussi, Athens, Greece
Coordinates 38°02′10″N 23°47′15″E / 38.03611°N 23.78750°E / 38.03611; 23.78750Coordinates: 38°02′10″N 23°47′15″E / 38.03611°N 23.78750°E / 38.03611; 23.78750
Owner Greek Government
Operator OAKA S.A.
Capacity 69,618
Record attendance 82,662 (concert)
Field size 105 x 68 m[1]
Surface Grass, Track
Construction
Built 1979[1]
Opened 1982[2][1]
Renovated 2002–2004 (Olympic Games)[1]
Construction cost €265 million (Renovation 2004)
Architect Weidleplan (arch. H. Stalhout, Fr. Herre and D.Andrikopoulos)
Santiago Calatrava (renovation)
Tenants
1982 European Athletics Championships
1991 Mediterranean Games
1997 World Championships in Athletics
2004 Summer Olympics
2004 Summer Paralympics
2007 UEFA Champions League Final
AEK FC
(1985–1987, 2003–)
Website
www.oaka.com.gr

The Olympic Stadium of Athens "Spyros Louis" (Greek: Ολυμπιακό Στάδιο Αθηνών "Σπύρος Λούης", Olympiakó Stádio "Spyros Louis") is part of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. It is named after the first modern Olympic marathon race winner in 1896, Spyros Louis. The stadium hosts one of the biggest sport clubs in Greece, AEK Athens.

History[edit]

Located in the area of Marousi in Athens, the stadium was originally designed in 1979 and built in 1980–1982. It was completed in time to host the 1982 European Championships in Athletics. It was inaugurated by the President of Greece, at the time Konstantinos Karamanlis, on 8 September 1982. It also hosted several events of the 1991 Mediterranean Games and the 1997 World Championships in Athletics, sought in order to prove that it was capable of hosting major sporting events after the failure of Athens to win the 1996 Summer Olympics.

It was extensively renovated in time for the 2004 Summer Olympics, including a roof designed by Santiago Calatrava, and innovatively positioned with Enerpac hydraulics.[3] The roof was added atop the sidelines and completed just in time for the opening of the Games. The two giant arcs have a total span of 304m and a maximum height of 72m. Also, it has a total weight of 19,000 tons with 5,000 polycarbonate panels, covering an area of 25,000 sq m. The west arc was assembled 72m from its final position and the east 65m - both later slid into place. The roof is designed to withstand winds up to 120 km/h. The stadium was then officially re-opened on 30 July 2004. It hosted the athletics events and the football final at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[4] It also hosted the opening ceremony on 13 August 2004, and the closing ceremony on 29 August 2004. The stadium's attendance was reduced to 71,030 for the Olympics, the initial capacity was some 75,000, though only 56,700 seats were made publicly available for the track and field events and slightly more for the football final. The turf system consists of natural grass in modular containers which incorporate irrigation and drainage systems.

Concerts[edit]

Concerts at Olympic Stadium "Spiros Louis"
Date Artist Tour Attendance
3 October 1988 Sting, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour, George Dalaras Human Rights Now! -
31 May 1989 Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason 60,000
9 June 1992 Frank Sinatra - 18,000[5]
24 May 1993 Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion 55,000
16 September 1998 The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon 79,446
3 July 2001 Eros Ramazzotti Stilelibero -
20 July 2006 Shakira Oral Fixation Tour 40,000
26 July 2007 George Michael 25 Live 40,000
27 September 2008 Madonna Sticky & Sweet 75,637
28 May 2009 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 50,000
8 July 2009 Carlos Santana Live Your Light 25,000
3 September 2010 U2 360° 82,662
13 July 2011 Pyx Lax Concert in memory of Manos Xydous 80,000
20 July 2011 Bon Jovi Open Air 60,652
4 September 2012 Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You approx.60,000
31 July 2013 Roger Waters The Wall 25,807
3 July 2014 Antonis Remos, Despoina Vandi, Melina Aslanidou, Michalis Kouinelis (Stavento) One Country, One Voice 50,000+
19 September 2014 Lady Gaga ArtRave: The Artpop Ball 26,860

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Sydney Olympic Stadium
Sydney
Summer Olympics
Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Athens Olympic Stadium Spyros Louis)

2004
Succeeded by
Beijing Olympic Stadium
Beijing
Preceded by
Sydney Olympic Stadium
Sydney
Summer Olympics
Football Finals (Athens Olympic Stadium Spyros Louis)

2004
Succeeded by
Beijing Olympic Stadium
Beijing
Preceded by
Sydney Olympic Stadium
Sydney
Olympic Athletics competitions
Main Venue

2004
Succeeded by
Beijing Olympic Stadium
Beijing
Preceded by
Ullevi
Gothenburg
World Championships in Athletics
Main Venue

1997
Succeeded by
Estadio de La Cartuja
Seville
Preceded by
Stadion Evžena Rošického
Prague
European Athletics Championships
Main Venue

1982
Succeeded by
Mercedes-Benz Arena (Stuttgart)
Stuttgart