Ano Liosia Olympic Hall

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Ano Liosia Olympic Hall is a multi-purpose and multi-sport indoor arena that is located in Ano Liosia, a suburb of Athens, Greece.[3] The arena is mainly used to host basketball games and various martial arts tournaments. The arena's seating capacity for sporting events is 8,327[4][5] people.

Ano Liosia Olympic Hall
Ano Liosia Indoor Hall.jpg
Ano Liosia Olympic Hall in 2020.
LocationAno Liosia, Athens, Greece
Coordinates38°04′54″N 23°41′12″E / 38.08167°N 23.68667°E / 38.08167; 23.68667Coordinates: 38°04′54″N 23°41′12″E / 38.08167°N 23.68667°E / 38.08167; 23.68667
Public transitAno Liosia, OSE
CapacityBasketball: 8,327[1][2]
Handball: 8,327
Volleyball: 8,327
Construction
Broke ground2001
Opened2004
Renovated2021
Construction cost€84 million euros
(2004 money)
Tenants
AEK B.C. (2021–present)

HistoryEdit

 
Ano Liosia Indoor Hall in 2018.

Ano Liosia Olympic Hall was opened in 2004. The arena was used to host the judo and wrestling events at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics.[6]

After the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, the venue became the site of various television productions, including the Greek version of the reality show So You Think You Can Dance. From 19 May to 6 June 2010, the arena hosted the Greek Ice Hockey Championship, for both men and women. At one point in time, the arena was scheduled to be the home of the Hellenic Academy of Culture and Hellenic Digital Archive.[7][8]

On May 13, 2019, the Greek Government decided to cede the venue to the General Secretariat of Sports, with the aim of subsequently ceding it to AEK B.C..[9] On June 22, 2020, it was announced that the arena's use until the year 2040, was granted to the professional basketball club A.E.K., of the Greek Basket League, in order for the arena to host the home games of the club.[10] The club will begin using the arena for the 2021–22 season.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ AEK BC Official Website (in Greek)
  2. ^ ESAKE Official Website (in Greek)
  3. ^ Olympicproperties.gr profile. Archived September 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine (in English and Greek)
  4. ^ AEK BC Official Website (in Greek)
  5. ^ ESAKE Official Website (in Greek)
  6. ^ 2004 Summer Olympics official report. Archived 2008-08-19 at the Wayback Machine Volume 2. pp. 357-8, 433.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2010-03-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "IOC News - Olympic Updates, Articles and Press Releases". 17 July 2021.
  9. ^ gazzetta.gr (in Greek)
  10. ^ "Το "Παλάτι", που της αξίζει..." aekbc.gr.

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