The Pankritio Stadium (Greek: Παγκρήτιο Στάδιο, Pagkritio Stadio literally:Pancretan Stadium) is a multi-purpose sports stadium located in Heraklion on the island of Crete. It was completed on 31 December 2003, and officially opened on August 11, 2004. As one of the most modern sports venues in Greece at the time, it was used as one of the football venues to host matches of the 2004 Summer Olympics Football tournament. It has a capacity of 26,240 seats, and is currently the home ground of Heraklion football club Ergotelis, and on occasion, the Greece national football team.
|Location||Heraklion, Crete, Greece|
|Owner||Hellenic Olympic Committee|
|Operator||City of Heraklion|
|Record attendance||27,950 (Ergotelis-Olympiacos, 20 February 2005)|
|Field size||105 x 68 m|
|Built||December 31, 2003|
|Opened||August 11, 2004|
|Construction cost||€ 50,000,000|
|Architect||Vassilis Floudas & Associates|
OFI Crete (2006−2009)
The Pankritio Stadium is located in Heraklion, at the Lido district to the west of the city center. It has been built about 50 meters from the island coast, and is neighbored by the Lido Indoor Hall and the city's outdoor pool venue, of which the whole district is named after (Lido).
The stadium broke ground sometime during the late 80s, however construction work was never completed on time, and was eventually indefinitely postponed. Once Greece won the bid to host the 2004 Summer Olympics, construction of the stadium was finally picked up once again in 2001. It was eventually completed on 31 December 2003. The total construction cost was estimated at €50,000,000. The new stadium was officially opened on 11 August 2004, to host an international friendly game between Greece and Switzerland.
Due to its size, age and ranking, the Pankritio was selected as one of the football venues of the 2004 Summer Olympics Football Tournament, hosting in total 10 matches (5 men's Group Stage matches, 2 women's Group Stage matches, one men's Quarterfinals match, one women's Quarterfinals match and one women's Semi-Final match). After the tournament, the stadium was rented out, and has since been used as a training and home ground of the city's football club Ergotelis, and occasionally also by the Greek national football team. In 2006, the Pankritio hosted the 2005–06 Greek Cup Final, the first to be played in Heraklion since 1931.
Although primarily considered a football stadium, the Pankritio, has also been used to host major athletics events, such as the 2004 Tsiklitiria annual IAAF World Challenge meeting and the 2015 European Team Championships First League. The stadium has also been used for a number of music concerts, most notably hosting Deep Purple and Vasilis Papakonstantinou on May 6, 2011.
The Pankritio Stadium sports complex features in total two football grounds built to international standards (main stadium and training ground), an 8-lane track, an auxiliary 6-lane track, an indoor gym and swimming pool, multi-purpose halls for boxing, wrestling, fencing, dance, weightlifting, shooting and tae kwon do, a rowing simulator and a physiotherapy room with sauna and hot tub. Additionally, the stadium features seminar meeting rooms, a dining room, and a showroom featuring exhibits from the 2004 Summer Olympics and 2011 Special Olympics.
The stadium has been used as the home ground of Football League football team Ergotelis, since its opening in 2004, as their traditional home turf Nikos Kazantzakis Stadium was declared unfit for use in official matches at any level of the Greek football league system since 2004. Between 2006 and 2009, the stadium was also used by Ergotelis' rival OFI, before they returned to their original home ground, Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium.
Τhe stadium attendance record and first ever sold-out event was set on 20 February 2005, in a Superleague match between Ergotelis and reigning champions Olympiacos with 27,950 tickets being sold. The result was a 2−1 victory for the home team.
2004 Summer OlympicsEdit
Pankritio Stadium hosted six games of the men's football tournament at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and four games of the women's Olympic Football tournament.
|Date||Time||Team No. 1||Res.||Team No. 2||Round||Attendance|
|11 August 2004||20:30||Tunisia||1–1||Australia||Group C||15,757|
|12 August 2004||20:30||Costa Rica||0–0||Morocco||Group D||3,212|
|14 August 2004||20:30||Serbia and Montenegro||1–5||Australia||Group C||8,857|
|15 August 2004||20:30||Morocco||1–2||Portugal||Group D||7,581|
|18 August 2004||20:30||Costa Rica||4–2||Portugal||Group D||11,218|
|21 August 2004||18:00||Iraq||1–0||Australia||Quarter-finals||10,023|
|Date||Time||Team No. 1||Res.||Team No. 2||Round||Attendance|
|11 August 2004||18:00||Greece||0–3||United States||Group C||15,757|
|14 August 2004||20:30||Greece||0–1||Australia||Group C||8,857|
|20 August 2004||21:00||Mexico||0–5||Brazil||Quarter-finals||3,012|
|23 August 2004||18:00||United States||2–1 (a.e.t.)||Germany||Semi finals||5,165|
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