September 22nd, 2002

Future will tell if Friday's development was important, but for the first time there was involvement by the Prime Minister in the problem of the new stadia for Olympiakos, Panathinaikos and AEK. Konstantinos Simitis met with some of his ministers and discussed several proposals regarding this subject. "We are in constant contact with the three clubs and we are trying to find a solution for each one of them", Culture minister Evangelos Venizelos stated after the meeting. More specifically,
For Olympiakos: "Karaiskaki Stadium belongs to the Greek Olympic Committee. Its renovation has met with some problems and we are now trying for the whole thing to go through. I believe we will be successful on time [for the 2004 Olympics], since we have both the will and the potential to do so. We hope that we will soon have a final, fair and long-lasting solution. Olympiakos must return to their historic home for good".
For Panathinaikos: "We must treat Panathinaikos' problem in the same way. The club has alternatives. I'll make it clear: we are not discussing about Goudi or Hellinikon, but for Eleonas".
For AEK: "The club has a business plan and has been granted building permission [for the reconstruction of "Nikos Goumas" Stadium]. I think AEK's case is on track".

Relevant articles:
Nikos Goumas Stadium will be completely reconstructed (22/8/02)
Olympiakos return home in football and basketball (24/2/02)
Karaiskaki Stadium will host the football final in the 2004 Olympics (23/01/02)
Apostolos Nikolaidis (Leoforos) Stadium may be expanded (31/10/01)
Olympiakos look set to return once again to Karaiskaki (2/10/01)
Panathinaikos will build their new stadium at Hellinikon (1/9/01)
Olympiakos abandon Karaiskaki and will build new stadium (31/8/01)
New site proposed for Panathinaikos' new stadium (12/8/01)
Panathinaikos FC demand an area to build their new stadium (7/7/01)