Open main menu

Kaftanzoglio Stadium (Greek: Καυτανζόγλειο στάδιο) is a sports stadium in Thessaloniki, Greece. The stadium was built with money donated by the Kaftanzoglou Foundation, hence its name. At the time of its opening on 27 October 1960, the stadium was one of the highest quality stadiums in the Balkans.[2] It currently has 27,770 seats, owing to a comprehensive renovation before reopening to host football matches for the 2004 Summer Olympics, which was centred in Athens.[3] It was the largest stadium in Greece until 1982, but has since been surpassed in capacity by the Olympic Stadium in Athens.

Kaftanzoglio Stadium
Καυτανζόγλειο στάδιο
Καυτατζόγλειο - panoramio.jpg
Full nameEthniko Stadion "Lysimachos Kaftanzoglou"
LocationThessaloniki, Greece
Public transitPanepistimio metro station (Thessaloniki) (2020)
OwnerHellenic Olympic Committee
OperatorCity of Thessaloniki
Capacity27,770
Field size105 x 68 m
SurfaceGrass
ScoreboardYes
Construction
Built1960
Opened27 October 1960
Renovated2004
Construction cost 45,000,000
ArchitectG.Pantzaris
Tenants
Iraklis (1960–2002, 2004–)
Doxa Drama (2011–2012)
1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup
Mediterranean Games 1991
Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics
IAAF Meeting 2006
European Cup 2006
IAAF World Athletics Final 2009
Veria F.C. 2013
Exterior view
Outside view

It has been the home stadium of Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C. since 1960.

On 15 October 1969, the attendance record was set with 47,458 fans present for a FIFA World Cup qualifying match, witnessing Greece defeat Switzerland by a 4–1 score. In 1973 it hosted the European Cup Winners Cup Final, which resulted in a 1–0 victory for A.C. Milan over Leeds United.

Athletics eventsEdit

The stadium regularly plays host to athletics events; it features the European Athletics Association event "Olympic Meeting Thessaloniki" every year; it hosted the Greek national championships in 2009, and it has been used for both athletics at the Mediterranean Games and the European Cup in athletics. It was the host stadium for the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kaftanzoglio Stadium - Thessaloniki, Greece". Kaftanzoglio.gr. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  2. ^ a b FACILITIES – KAFTANZOGLIO STADIUM Archived 2009-08-28 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF World Athletics Final Thessaloniki. Retrieved on 2009-09-08.
  3. ^ 2004 Summer Olympics official report. Archived 2008-08-19 at the Wayback Machine Volume 2. p. 324.

External linksEdit