Kaftanzoglio Stadium
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Capacity: 27,770 (seated)
It is located in Thessaloniki, which has an international airport. You may also get there by train. The stadium is near the city centre, on Aghiou Dimitriou St, next to the university campus. Getting there by car from within the city is very easy. Alternatively, use the ring road and exit towards "Triandria - Centre"; you will see Kaftanzoglio in front of you. If you must use public transport, buses #17 and #37 both stop right outside the stadium (take either one from central Egnatia St).
Stadium fact sheet
Built in: 1960 (Latest redevelopment in 2004)
Record attendance: 47,458 (Greece vs Switzerland - on 15/10/1969)
Home of: Iraklis FC (Football League)
More data: The stadium was built with money donated by the Kaftanzoglou Foundation, hence its name. Kaftanzoglio hosted a Cupwinners' Cup final on 16/5/73, when AC Milan faced Leeds United (result: 1-0). The Greek National Team has played there 18 times.

Kaftanzoglio was the largest stadium in Greece during the 1960s and 1970s, when it could hold 39,190 spectators. It was somewhat upgraded in 2000, when it also became an all-seater. Capacity was then reduced to 28,000. You may see photos that show what Kaftanzoglio looked like until 2002, by clicking on the following: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Kaftanzoglio Stadium was used extensively during the 2004 Olympic Games. It hosted several matches of the football tournament, particularly nine games of the preliminary group stage, a quarter-final, a semi-final and the 3rd place game.
The stadium had to be therefore completely upgraded for the Olympics. You may see a page that features the plans for the "new" Kaftanzoglio that were presented some years ago.

Works commenced in August 2002 by "Themeliodomi S.A." and were concluded in early 2004. Their total cost was about € 47 million. The revamped Kaftanzoglio Stadium was opened to the public on 27 April 2004, when it hosted the international friendly match between the Olympic National Teams of Greece and Germany.
Works at Kaftanzoglio involved both the stadium itself and the surrounding area. Note that the stadium's capacity remained approximately the same as before.

A four-storey metal building was constructed behind the west stand. It provides all the necessary spaces for the Press and VIPs, including 14 executive boxes. It also houses offices and commercial areas. Its roof projects over part of the west stand, covering about 4,000 seats. The facade of this new building is very impressive.

A second building was constructed behind the opposite (east) part of the stands. This provides training spaces for various sports. An additional football training field is located north of the stadium. It also has an 8-lane athletics track and a stand for 1,200 spectators.

Finally, a Sports Museum (the first in Greece) was built north-west of Kaftanzoglio.
Kaftanzoglio Stadium is owned by the General Secretariat of Sports.
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Kaftanzoglio Stadium - Click to enlarge!
The new VIP building with its impressive facade from the west - Click to enlarge!
The west part of the stands with the new roof - Click to enlarge!
Night lighting of the stadium
The north curve with one of the two video scoreboards - Click to enlarge!
Kaftanzoglio from the north - Click to enlarge!