Xanthi FC Arena

Xanthi FC Arena is a football ground built by Xanthi F.C. in Xanthi, Thrace, Greece. It was built over the course of ten months in 2004. It holds up to 7,244 spectators, with 80% of the seats under the roof. The stadium was built because of a disagreement between then FC Skoda Xanthi and the amateur club AO Xanthi. It is situated in an area where the club had built its training facilities (Xanthi Athletic Center). The stadium was officially inaugurated by the Brazilian legend Pelé on May 12, 2005.[1]

Xanthi FC Arena
"Pigadia"
Skoda Xanthi Arena, pitch and secondary stand.jpg
The pitch and secondary stand
LocationPigadia, Xanthi, Greece
OwnerXanthi F.C. Holdings Inc.
OperatorXanthi F.C.
Capacity7,244
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke groundOctober 21, 2003
OpenedMay 30, 2004
Construction cost€ 6,500,000
Tenants
Xanthi F.C.

CapacityEdit

 
The main stand, VIP seats and press box

The stadium's official capacity is 7,244 (all seated). It only has three stands, the fourth was promised but this never materialised, so there are boards behind the goal at one end.

LocationEdit

The stadium is located near Pigadia, a village 5 km east of Xanthi. This city is in the region of Thrace (230 km east of Thessaloniki).

Record attendanceEdit

The average attendance in the matches is about 1,500 people. The recorded peak attendance was 6,642 in a game against Panathinaikos for the 14th day of the championship of 2006/07 on 20 January 2007, although the unofficial highest attendance is believed to be achieved on the 26th day of the championship of 2018/19 against PAOK on 31 March 2019, when overcrowded PAOK fans flooded every corner of the stadium.[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pelé: "The most modern sports center"". sport-fm.gr. Retrieved 13 May 2005.
  2. ^ https://sportsaddict.gr/2019/04/02/%CE%BA%CE%B1%CE%BD%CE%AD%CE%BD%CE%B1-%CF%81%CE%B5%CE%BA%CF%8C%CF%81-%CE%B5%CE%B9%CF%83%CE%B9%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%81%CE%AF%CF%89%CE%BD-%CF%83%CF%84%CE%BF-xanthi-arena-%CF%83%CF%84%CE%BF-%CE%BC%CE%B1%CF%84/

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