Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens

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Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium is a football stadium and multi-sport center in Athens, Greece. It was inaugurated in 1922 and is the oldest football stadium in Greece currently active. It is the traditional athletic center of Panathinaikos A.C. and has been the home ground of Panathinaikos FC for the most part of the club's existence.
The stadium is named after the historic club's president, official and athlete Apostolos Nikolaidis. It is situated in the Ambelokipi district of Athens, east of the Lycabettus Hill and on Alexandras Avenue 160, by which name it is most commonly known . The stadium's record attendance was recorded in 1967, when 29,665 spectators watched the Cup Winners Cup game between Panathinaikos and FC Bayern Munich.
It also houses several other facilities under its stands, including an indoor hall, a small swimming pool, a boxing ring, an indoor shooting range, the club's offices as well as various other facilities.
Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium holds a very important place in the history of Greek football. The first stand was built in 1928, and for almost 50 years it hosted the majority of big matches in domestic and international competitions. It was the first to have floodlights installed (1938) and the first with a grass pitch (1958). It was the home of the Greek national football team for many years.
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  • After climbing the hill of Lika-Vitos, I tried to go to the other side and went to the Metro later. It was near the Ambelokipi station on subway Line 3.
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  • Of great historical importance, not only for the Panathinaikos team. Unfortunately, its facilities can no longer be considered worthy, neither the name of the group nor the modern requirements of conducting competitions. It may, perhaps, be appropriated as a museum space or for some other group events.
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  • Greek football supporters are famous all around the world as very passionate and die hard fans of their clubs. I was in the neighborhood and it was interesting to have a look from the outside of the stadium.
  • Nice football field. Panathinaikos fc playing here. Nice atmosphere
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