Peace and Friendship Stadium
|Location||Neo Faliro, Piraeus, Athens, Greece|
(current for Olympiacos games)
(all collapsible bleachers in use)
(including court-side seats)
(full configuration during EuroBasket 1987)
(during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics)
Indoor athletics: 10,520
|Construction cost||€ 25 million (1983)
€ 7.3 million (2002–2004)
The Peace and Friendship Stadium, commonly known by its acronym SEF (Greek: Στάδιο Ειρήνης και Φιλίας, transliterated as Stadio Eirinis kai Filias) is a multi-purpose arena in Piraeus, in the coastal zone of Athens, Greece. The arena is mostly known for being the home to Euroleague Basketball team Olympiacos Piraeus and is the central venue of the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex. It opened in 1985.
The Peace and Friendship Stadium opened in 1985 and its construction cost was €25,000,000 in 1983 prices. It was designed by the architectural firm "Thymios Papagiannis and Associates". The arena is built opposite to the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, located in the western end of the Phaleron Bay in the coastal zone of Athens. It was inaugurated on February 16, 1985 at the first Panhellenic Athletics Indoor Championship, and hosted the 1985 European Athletics Indoor Championships in March.
In 1991 the arena won the Golden Award from IAKS, the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities.
Since the season 1991–92, the Peace and Friendship Stadium is the home court to Greek League and Euroleague professional basketball club Olympiacos Piraeus. The arena was closed from April 2002 to early 2004 for renovation works, at a total cost of €7,300,000, and hosted the indoor volleyball tournament during the 2004 Summer Olympics. For 2001-02 they moved to the Glyfada Arena.
The arena's total capacity varies depending on the collapsible bleachers used in the lower level, besides its 10,520 permanent seating in the mid and upper level. The Peace and Friendship Stadium seats up to 14,776 for basketball games with all the bleachers in use.
The arena is occasionally used for events like congresses, music concerts and indoor motocross races. It is also capable to accommodate ice skating events, although it has never been used as an ice skating venue. Scorpions, Phil Collins, Dire Straights, Status Quo, UB40, Gloria Estefan, Deep Purple and Placebo are among the artists who have performed at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.
Outside of the main arena in the same stadium building there is a 942 seat amphitheatre and various other halls of a total area of 16,048 sqm where exhibitions and congresses take place.
The Peace and Friendship Stadium is located in the Neo Faliro area of Piraeus, on the coastal Poseidonos Avenue and at the end of the Kifissou Avenue. It is 2 km away from the port of Piraeus. It sits on a major transportation hub, next to the Faliro metro station on Athens Metro Line 1 and the SEF station, the terminus of Athens Tram.
Notable events hosted
- "Olympiacos Piraeus". Euroleague Properties. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
- "Peace and Friendship Stadium". Mondo Spazio. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
- 2004 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. p. 421.
- "Olympiacos B.C. move". stadia.gr. October 13, 2001. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
- Stadium Presentation Brochure
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Peace and Friendship Stadium.|
- Official website (Greek)
- SEF at Olympiacos official website
- SEF at stadia.gr
- Basketball images at Getty images
|Events and tenants|
|European Indoor Championships in Athletics
Palacio de Deportes de la CAM
Patinoire des Vernets
|FIBA European Champions Cup
Palais des Sports
|FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup
Palasport di Firenze
Abdi İpekçi Arena
|FIBA European League
Yad Eliyahu Sports Hall