Ammochostos Stadium

Ammochostos Stadium (Greek: Γήπεδο 'Αμμόχωστος') is a multi-purpose stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the temporary home ground of the refugee team from the occupied city of Famagusta, Nea Salamis Famagusta.

Ammochostos Stadium
LocationLarnaca, Cyprus
Coordinates34°55′47″N 33°36′47″E / 34.92972°N 33.61306°E / 34.92972; 33.61306Coordinates: 34°55′47″N 33°36′47″E / 34.92972°N 33.61306°E / 34.92972; 33.61306
OwnerNea Salamis Famagusta
OperatorNea Salamis Famagusta
Capacity5,500
SurfaceNatural Grass
ScoreboardYes
Construction
Broke ground1991
Opened1992 (1992)
Renovated1998
Expanded1998
Tenants
Nea Salamis Famagusta (1991–)
Alki Oroklini (2016–)
Cyprus national under-21 football team
Alki Larnaca FC (2007–2009)
Ermis Aradippou (2001–2002, 2010–2012, 2013–2016, 2018–2019, 2020–)

HistoryEdit

The original home ground of Nea Salamina FC was GSE Stadium in Famagusta, but due to the Turkish occupation of the town since 1974 they cannot use it. After that, Nea Salamis FC moved, temporarily, to Larnaca and built their own stadium.

The decision to build the stadium came in 1989. The December of the same year it started to be built. After many wages offered from Salamis fans in Cyprus and abroad, from Cyprus Sports Association and from many workers it was built in a short time.[1][2]

The first official game of Nea Salamina Famagusta in the stadium was played on 12 October 1991 with Evagoras Paphos as opponent. Nea Salamina won 4–1.[3]

The stadium hosted the 1992 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship final on 17 May 1992 between Germany and Spain where Germany won 2–1.[4]

In 1998, some improvement works took place in the stadium.

Ammochostos Stadium has a capacity of 5,000 seats and is located in Larnaca. Soon, a third shuttle will be built and the stadium will hold 7,500 people.

Since 2007, under the south shuttle of the stadium is the dwelling and the offices of Nea Salamis FC.[5]

NameEdit

Ammochostos Stadium named after the town of Famagusta (Greek: Αμμόχωστος; Ammochostos), which is the original seat of Nea Salamina.

Other teamsEdit

The stadium was used for some periods as a home ground by Alki Larnaca FC (2007—2009),[6] AEL Limassol (in 2001, for a little period due to the improvement of their own ground),[7] Ermis Aradippou (2001–2002, 2010–2012, 2013–14, 2020–), Doxa Katokopia (2012–2013) and Alki Oroklini (2016–present).

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ΝΕΑ ΣΑΛΑΜΙΝΑ ΑΜΜΟΧΩΣΤΟΥ. Αθλητισμός (in Greek). Famagusta municipality. Archived from the original on 8 November 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  2. ^ Stilianou 1998, p. 188
  3. ^ Stilianou 1998, p. 191
  4. ^ "European U-16 Championship 1992". RSSSF. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Nea Salamis FC". Retrieved 23 May 2009.[dead link]
  6. ^ "TYPOS.COM.CY". TYPOS.COM.CY. 12 June 2008. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
  7. ^ "TYPOS.COM.CY". TYPOS.COM.CY. 15 June 2001. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2009.

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