8th, 9th and 10th June, 2007
The Fans’ Parliament is the AGM of the Football Supporters’ Federation. It is taking place on Saturday 9th June with associated events taking place from 8th - 10th June, 2007 at Gresty Road, home of Crewe Alexandra FC and best of all, admission is free. Fans from all corners of the country will be turning up to discuss what changes need to be made in football and what we can do to effect those changes.
The FSF Champions League Final Guide to Athens
The Athens Olympic Stadium, known officially as the Spyros Louis Stadium, (named after the man to win the first modern Olympic marathon race in 1896) or simply the OAKA, is located in the north of the city in the municipality of Maroussi. It is located around 5½ miles from the city centre and around 14 miles from the airport.
The stadium is considered a 5* in terms of UEFA classification for its capacity and facilities.
The record attendance at the stadium is 74,473 though during the Olympics it was configured to comfortably seat 72,000. For the purpose of the UEFA Champions League Final, it will have a capacity of 63,800 with each participating club receiving a maximum of 17,000 tickets to be distributed amongst their supporters. A further 9,000 were distributed via the general ballot run on the UEFA website with the remaining 20,800 going to UEFA, the local organising committee, sponsors, broadcasters and national associations.
The stadium is part of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, hosting the athletics events and the soccer final at the 2004 Summer Olympics. It also hosted the Opening Ceremony on August 13th, 2004 and was the site for the Closing Ceremony on August 29th, 2004.
It was originally designed in 1979 and built over a two year period from 1980 -1982. It was completed in time to host the 1982 European Championships in Athletics. It also hosted several events of the 1991 Mediterranean Games and the 1997 IAAF 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.
More recently, it has also hosted the 1993/1994 UEFA Champions League & 1982/1983 European Cup Finals, as well as the 1987 Cup Winners’ Cup final.
The stadium was extensively renovated (just!) in time for the 2004 Olympics, including a controversial roof (twin 304m arches support the roof) designed by Santiago Calatrava that was added atop the sidelines in order to shade fans from the strong Athens sun. There are still a few gaps in the roof with let the sun in if you’re sat in the first few rows or in front of the video screens behind the goals which results in only 85% of seats being undercover.The roof was completed just in time for the opening of the Games, and then the stadium was officially re-opened on July 30th, 2004.
Due to the relatively recent construction of the stadium and the fact that it was redeveloped primarily to host the Olympic games (for some reason athletics fans don’t have to be subjected to sitting behind pillars as football fans do) views of the pitch are unobstructed, but suffer from the distance between fans and players due to the 8 lane running track and long jump pits (which aren’t ideal) at either side of the ground. Perhaps more alarming is the distance for supporters sat behind the goal who have to contend with running track and a huge area for throwing events and high jump which must make the distance from the front row of seats to the nearest goal around near 20 metres.
Thirty four entrance gates provide access to the stands with the odd-numbered gates leading to the lower tier and the even numbered gates to the upper tier. Just to confuse people, it’s worth noting that there are no gates 18 or 36 due to the rather large video screens at either end of the stadium.
The stadium has two large arcs which support the wave-like roof. They have a total span of 304m and a maximum height of 72m and were built to withstand winds up to 120 km/h. In contrast the arch in the new Wembley stands 133 m tall, spans 315m and has a total weight of 1,750 tonnes.
There are group tours of the stadium for groups of 15+ visitors costing €3 per person. Fax requests to +30 210 6834021 to book date and time.
There are only limited spaces to hang flags in the ground with most of the available spaces over the top tier (small flags only due to the lack of space separating the upper and lower tier) and the bottom tier being reserved for the requisite advertising boards of the Champions League sponsors.The stadium is only a short distance south of the Athens Mall (situated next to Neratziotissa station) which has over 200 shops, cash machines and 25 cafes, bars and restaurants open until the early hours including KFC and Hooters. There is also parking for 2000 cars costing around €4.50 for four hours. If you are travelling to the ground by car, it may be worth following the signs to the Mall from exit 11 of the Attiki Odos Highway.
Getting to The Stadium
For specific information on travelling to the ground for both sets of fans, see the Matchday Arrangements page.
The Athens Olympic Sports Complex can be reached by metro with the nearest station to the stadium being Irini on Metro Line 1 which runs from Monastiraki and Omonia stations in the city centre. The journey to the stadium from the city centre takes around 25 minutes with trains running at 3 – 10 minutes throughout the day. From the station it is a 10 minute walk through the Olympic Complex to the stadium. The last train returning after the match leaves Irini at 00.24am. Tickets cost €0.80 for a single or (depending how much traveling you plan on doing) it may be worth investing in a day ticket (€4) valid on all modes of transport between all stations except the Airport.
By suburban train or Proastiakos, the nearest station to the ground is Neratziotissa.
From the city centre, there’s also the X14 bus which runs from Syntagma Square in central Athens direct to the Olympic Stadium taking a minimum of 30 minutes. Alternatively bus lines A7 Kaniggos - Kifissia - N. Erythraia, Β7 Kaniggos - Kifissia - N. Kifissia, 602 N. Ionia - Kalogreza - Panormou Metro Station, 550 P. Faliro - Kifissia, 441 Irakleio Metro Station - Halandri - Aghia Paraskevi also serve the stadium.
If you have hired a car, the best way up to the ground involves exiting the city centre to the north via Kifissias Avenue and following the roadsigns to OAKA. If you’re travelling via the Attiki Odos ring road, you’re best using exit 11 (Kifissias - Ol. Stadium). It may be worth parking in the Athens Mall car park mentioned above and walking to the stadium from here on foot.
- Getting to Athens
- Getting Around Athens
- Matchday Arrangements
- Eating & Drinking
- Things to See & Do
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