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Athens Olympic Stadium > Greece’s Modern Parthenon May 23, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Architecture Infrastructure, Football.

Athens Olympic Stadium, the venue which will host European club football’s top event

The Athens Olympic Stadium, or better, the Athens Olympic Complex, is no stranger to international competitions. The Olympic Games of 2004, the European Cup final in 1983, and the 1994 Champions League final are the famous events that have been hosted here.

Designed originally in 1979 and constructed for the 1982 European Athletics Championship, the Spiridon Louis Stadium, as it was known, was named after the winner of the first Olympic marathon in the Greek capital in 1896. The Olympic Stadium is located in the north of the city of Athens in the Municipality of Marousi.

It was inaugurated by then Greek President Kostantinos Karamanlis on 8 September 1982 and at the end of the same season hosted the Champion Clubs’ final where a virtuoso performance by now coach but then midfielder Felix Magath sealed for Hamburger SV a surprise victory over Juventus.

Eleven years later it was Milan’s time to celebrate a win here, as they outclassed Barcelona’s galaxy of stars.

The Olympic Stadium’s history can very well divided into two periods. The first one lasted until 2000 when a major revamp was carried out to get it ready for the 2004 Olympics.

A controversial roof designed by famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was added atop the sidelines in order to shade fans from the strong Athens sun. Calatrava’s roof along with other architectural monuments in and outside of the Olympic Complex, drew harsh criticism for their costs. However, they are now considered sites of references for the modern city of Athens.

The Champions League final on May 23, 2007, between Milan and Liverpool comes only seventeen days after the Olympic Complex hosted the Final Four of the European Basketball Club Championship. Thousands have besieged the stadium, and it’s only left to see if Athens Olympic Stadium will live up to its standard.

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