Panathinaiko Stadium (PAN) 07-16-2004 20:09

The Panathinaiko Stadium, widely known as 鈥淜allimarmaro鈥, is the stadium where the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 were held.

Even in ancient years, the area where the Panathinaiko (or Panathenian) Stadium stands today was largely used to host the Panathenean Games, festival events that were held to honour the Greek goddess Athena (the Goddess of wisdom, skills and warfare and protector of the city of Athens in ancient Greece).

Historians considered it to be 鈥渁 miracle above description that it had almost exhausted the marble quarries of mountain Penteli鈥 (Pausanias). It is situated in the heart of the Greek capital, Athens and was first reconstructed in 1895 for the purpose of becoming the main stadium to host the 1896 Olympic Games.

The time has come to serve once again as one of the competition venues for this great sporting event: the 2004 Olympic Games. The renovations that took place, under the responsibility of the General Secretariat of Sports and the Ministry of Culture, included upgrades and modifications on its infrastructure, mainly in the scope of restoration of the monument, configuration of the track and surrounding areas, incorporation of lighting, and establishment of anti-fire systems. During the Olympic Games the Stadium will have a 34,500 capacity for the Marathon finish and 7,500 for Archery.

Quick Facts & Dates

Sport: Archery, Marathon Finish

Competition Schedule:

15-21 August (Archery),

22 August (Women鈥檚 Marathon Finish),

29 August (Men鈥檚 Marathon Finish)

Athletes participating: Archery 128, Marathon Finish 180

Total spectator capacity: Archery 7,500, Marathon Finish 34,500

Net spectator capacity: Archery 5,270, Marathon Finish 28,400

Total land surface: 128,331 sq m

Distance from Olympic Village: 24km

Completion Date: 31 January 2004

Official Opening: 12 August 2004

Press seats: 90 written press, 20 photographers

Spectator Services:

Olympic Products selling point,info booth, vending machines for mobile telephony prepaid vouchers and connection packs, WCs, clinic, ticket resolution office, ticket office, stroller storage area

Source:The official website of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games


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