STADIUM

HOME GROUND "APOSTOLOS NIKOLAIDIS"

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BUILT: 1922, Reconstructed in 2001 & 2007, (Last renovation: 2013)

CAPACITY: 16.003 (seated)

RECORD ATTENDANCE: 29.665 people (Panathinaikos - FC Bayern Munich, 1968)

LOCATION: The stadium is located in downtown Athens, just North of the Lycabettus hill, on Alexandras Avenue and right across the Supreme Court of Greece. Thanks to its central location, access is facilitated by public transport, 
Metro, etc.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The official name of the Stadium is "Apostolos Nikolaidis", after a late president of the Club. Most of the fans though, just call it "Leoforos" (which in Greek means "Avenue"). Leoforos is the first football stadium of the country, built for this specific purpose around 1924.

It was the first stadium in Greece that had a spectators stand (built around 1928) and for many decades it hosted several important domestic and international games. It was the first stadium to use floodlights (1938) and the first one with grass turf (1958).

It has been used by several other teams as their home ground and it was the home of the Greek National Team over 50 years.  

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Panathinaikos football ground in 1920.

HOME GROUND "APOSTOLOS NIKOLAIDIS"

BUILT: 1922, Reconstructed in 2001 & 2007, (Last renovation: 2013)

CAPACITY: 16.003 (seated)

RECORD ATTENDANCE: 29.665 people (Panathinaikos - FC Bayern Munich, 1968)

LOCATION: The stadium is located in downtown Athens, just North of the Lycabettus hill, on Alexandras Avenue and right across the Supreme Court of Greece. Thanks to its central location, access is facilitated by public transport, 
Metro, etc.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The official name of the Stadium is "Apostolos Nikolaidis", after a late president of the Club. Most of the fans though, just call it "Leoforos" (which in Greek means "Avenue"). Leoforos is the first football stadium of the country, built for this specific purpose around 1924.

It was the first stadium in Greece that had a spectators stand (built around 1928) and for many decades it hosted several important domestic and international games. It was the first stadium to use floodlights (1938) and the first one with grass turf (1958).

It has been used by several other teams as their home ground and it was the home of the Greek National Team over 50 years.  

Panathinaikos fans in Belle Epoque... Our ground was a meeting point for the Athenians and the Club a way of living

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Leoforos is not simply a football ground. It is a "monument" of Athens, a part of the history and the sport culture of Greece.

In 1984, Panathinaikos left Leoforos ground in order to move to the - newly build at that time - Olympic Stadium. The team returned to its historical ground in 2000, date in which a refurbishment was realized to improve its functionality. 

During the seasons from 2005 till 2007 the team played again at
ΟΑΚΑ Stadium. During the season2007/08, Panathinaikos went back to "Ap. Nikolaidis", the most glorified ground ever, in order to celebrate one century since its foundation! 

From 2008 till 2013 Panathinaikos appoints again
ΟΑΚΑ Stadium as its principal home ground. The new era of the «multi share holding» administrative model, made the fans booming and produced repeated sold outs and records in the sales of season tickets, in the country's largest capacity stadium.

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The atmosphere is remarkable...

Panathinaikos, after playing continuously during 5 seasons at the Olympic Stadium (2008-2013) returns to Leoforos ground, enjoying the special atmosphere this ground offers. 

The Football Club, assisted by the fans, in collaboration with the Amateurs, is gradually refurbishing the team's main ground. The main objective is to increase the audience capacity (approximately 16.000 seats) offering the fans a ground according to its history and to the expanded needs of the team. 

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Leoforos welcomes Dynamo Moscow at UEL 2014/15 competition.


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Home is where the heart is...