Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre

The Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre is a complex at the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, consisting of two outdoor pools and one indoor pool, that was built for the 1991 Mediterranean Games. It was refurbished and expanded for the 2004 Summer Olympics. The larger of the outdoor pools, which seats 11,500 spectators, hosted swimming and water polo events. The smaller pool, which hosted synchronized swimming, sat 5,300 fans. The indoor pool, which hosted the diving events, sat 6,200 observers.

Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Athens Indoor Olympic Aquatic Center.jpg
Building information
Full nameAthens Olympic Aquatic Centre
CityAthens, Greece
Capacity11,500 (larger pool)
5,300 (smaller pool)
6,200 (indoor pool)

The outdoor pool was the subject of significant controversy during the run-up to the Olympic games.[citation needed] A roof was planned that would have shielded the swimmers from the blazing Athens sun. This feature was later scrapped, leaving the athletes and most of the fans without shade during the events. The venue was however, FINA approved.

As of August 2015, the outdoor venue is now being used to host swimming programs.[1]


  1. ^ "Sport activities | OAKA". Retrieved 2016-08-08.


Coordinates: 38°02′19″N 23°46′51″E / 38.0387°N 23.7808°E / 38.0387; 23.7808