Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall
|Full name||Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall|
|Location||Athens Olympic Sports Complex, Marousi, Athens, Greece|
18,500 (fan seating)
(with media and VIP seats)
(Panathinaikos vs. Barcelona – Euroleague, April 2013)
|Architect||Santiago Calatrava (renovation)|
2006 Eurovision Song Contest
The Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall (previously known as O.A.C.A. Olympic Indoor Hall), which is part of the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens (O.A.C.A.) "Spiros Louis" (in Greek: O.A.K.A.), 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 located in the Athens suburb of Marousi. It is considered to be one of the biggest and most modern indoor sports arenas in all of Europe. Since 2016, it is named after the well-known Greek basketball player Nikos Galis.
Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall is notable for its distinctive A-frame roof that features four huge pillars, each of which is 35 meters tall, that stand 108 meters apart from each other. According to the Greek Ministry of Sports, it is the largest indoor sporting arena of its kind in the world. The arena is also constructed in a unique way so that an abundant amount of natural light comes into the arena during the day.
The arena seats up to 17,600 for gymnastics events, although only 12,500 seats were made publicly available for the gymnastics at the 2004 Olympics. It seats 19,250 for basketball games, which includes 18,500 seats for the fans, 300 seats for media members, and 450 seats for VIPs.
2004 Athens Summer Olympics
The arena was used for artistic gymnastics and trampolining, and also hosted the finals of the basketball matches at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Renovation of the building for the Olympics was completed on June 30, 2004, and it was officially reopened on August 10, 2004, shortly before the beginning of the games.
The Indoor Hall is the regular home court for the Greek Basket League professional basketball club Panathinaikos Athens. AEK Athens has also played home games at the arena for both European-wide league games and Greek League games. It has also been used as the home court for Maroussi Athens, for European-wide league matches
On May 4 and 6, 2007, the Indoor Hall hosted the Euroleague 2006–07 season's Final Four, the semifinals and finals rounds of Europe's principal pro club competition in basketball, which saw hometown favorite Panathinaikos win the title.
On December 9, 2007, FIBA announced that the Olympic Indoor Hall was selected as the host of the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the 2008 Olympics Basketball Tournament. At the qualifying tournament, hosts and favorites Greece, along with the German and Croatian national basketball teams, qualified for the final 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournament.
On May 18 and 20, 2006, the Hall hosted the 51st Eurovision Song Contest, that was held in Athens, after Greece's victory at the Song Contest in 2005. There were 15,000 seats available for spectators, both for the semifinal and the grand final. Some of the entertainers who have performed at the arena include: Depeche Mode, Jennifer Lopez, Björk, Beyoncé, Roger Waters, Aloha from Hell, Tokio Hotel, Helena Paparizou, Sakis Rouvas, and Anna Vissi.
- List of basketball arenas by capacity
- List of indoor arenas in Greece
- List of indoor arenas in Europe
- List of music venues
- Επίσημο: Το ΟΑΚΑ μετονομάστηκε σε "Νίκος Γκάλης" (Greek).
- Stadia.gr Olympic Sports Hall.
- Νέο παρκέ και αποδυτήρια στο ΟΑΚΑ (Greek).
- 2004 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. pp. 273, 329, 346.
- PR N°58 – Meeting of the FIBA Central Board in Chicago. FIBA.com
- Germany basketball clinches Olympic berth.
- Olympic Athletic Center of Athens Official Site
- Nikos Galis Indoor Hall
- Nikos Galis Indoor Hall Info And Pictures At Stadia.gr
|Events and tenants|
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|FIBA Intercontinental Cup
Ginásio José Corrêa
Barueri, São Paulo
|FIBA World Championship
Palace of Sports
|Eurovision Song Contest
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