Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall

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Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall
OAKA
Athens Olympic Indoor Hall - exterior.jpg
Full name Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall[1][2]
Location Athens Olympic Sports Complex, Marousi, Athens, Greece
Coordinates 38°02′16″N 23°47′05″E / 38.037862°N 23.784676°E / 38.037862; 23.784676
Owner Greek Government
Operator OAKA S.A.
Capacity Gymnastics: 17,600
Basketball:
18,500 (fan seating)
19,250
(with media and VIP seats)
Record attendance 25,300
(Panathinaikos vs. BarcelonaEuroleague, April 2013)
Surface Parquet
Construction
Opened 1995
Renovated 2002–2004
(Olympic Games)
2016
Architect Santiago Calatrava (renovation)
Tenants
Greek National Basketball Team
Panathinaikos Athens
2006 Eurovision Song Contest
AEK Athens

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.[3]

Construction[edit]

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.[4]

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.

A large scale arena renovation was completed in 2004, for the 2004 Summer Olympics. The arena was then renovated again in 2016.[5]

2004 Athens Summer Olympics[edit]

The arena was used for artistic gymnastics and trampolining, and also hosted the finals of the basketball matches at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[6] 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.

Basketball use[edit]

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

The arena was used to host the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals stages of the 1998 FIBA World Championship. It is also the primary home court of the Greek National Basketball Team.

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.[7] 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.[8]

Inside view of the arena's main hall and basketball court.

Musical events[edit]

Indoor Hall plan

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.

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Olympiahalle
Munich
FIBA EuroBasket
Final Venue

1995
Succeeded by
Palau Sant Jordi
Barcelona
Preceded by
Palatrussardi
Milan
FIBA Intercontinental Cup
Final Venue

1996
Succeeded by
Ginásio José Corrêa
Barueri, São Paulo
Preceded by
SkyDome
Toronto
FIBA World Championship
Final Venue

1998
Succeeded by
Conseco Fieldhouse
Indianapolis
Preceded by
Palace of Sports
Kiev
Eurovision Song Contest
Venue

2006
Succeeded by
Hartwall Areena
Helsinki
Preceded by
Sazka Arena
Prague
Euroleague
Final Four
Venue

2007
Succeeded by
Palacio de Deportes
Madrid

Coordinates: 38°02′16″N 23°47′05″E / 38.037862°N 23.784676°E / 38.037862; 23.784676