May 18th, 2005

The plans for the new stadium of AEK FC in Nea Philadelphia were presented yesterday by the former club chairman, Dimitris Melissanidis. The presentation was part of Mr Melissanidis's campaign for the elections at AEK Amateur Club, who are the owners of the site where the football club's old Nikos Goumas Stadium stood until 2003. Mr Melissanidis aims to be voted chairman of AEK Amateur Club and proceed to build the new stadium.

The plans presented yesterday were drawn up by a team of architects led by Stelios Agiostratitis, who also designed the new Karaiskaki Stadium. The proposed new stadium of AEK will be a double-tiered, football-only ground, with a capacity of 36,500. It will feature 60 VIP boxes, a restaurant with pitch views, a small gym with 2,000 seats, a commercial area of 11,000 sq.m. (that will include shops and cinemas), and parking spaces for 1,500 vehicles. The cost is estimated at € 73,800,000.

You may view the plans by selecting the following links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Note that the current chairman of AEK Amateur Club, Giannis Granitsas (who runs again for office), has already presented his plans for the new stadium, but lacks the funding to proceed. Now that Dimitris Melissanidis has also revealed his version, the fans eagerly await the chairman of AEK FC, Demis Nikolaidis, to present his much-anticipated proposal for the new stadium. This may not be at the club's historic home of Nea Philadelphia, but Mr Nikolaidis has promised to deliver something that will "guarantee the future of AEK". We all just have to wait and see!

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