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Old May 9th, 2016, 01:14 PM   #1
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ATHENS - Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium / Leoforos (16,620 -> 20,000)

Today the president of Panathinaikos Mr. Alafouzos - with the aid of the architectural team- revealed during a press conference the final plans for the total renovation of the team's traditional home ground "Leoforos", situated in the center of Athens.
The plan includes new stands and suites, restaurants & commercial spaces and a new interactive outer shell. The total attendance capacity will be at 20K.
Funding is supposed to be scalable and multirateral, including crowdfunding, state subsidies, even naming rights. The total cost of the renovation will go up to 15mil euro & the first million is already secured. Works will start this June after the season ends. The project plan is expected to stretch initially to three months of works before the ground can be used by the team (some other works may continue, depending on the funding). Until that time the team will play its games in Athens Olympic Stadium (OAKA).
Below you can see some pictures and renders from the presentation as they were included in the article of the greek sports site www.sport24.gr (source in greek): http://www.sport24.gr/football/omade...s.4047871.html





















(I don't know but can this stadium being upgraded to 20k get his own "under construction" thread, once works will start?)
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^you can start a thread in the "Proposed" section
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Old May 9th, 2016, 05:06 PM   #3
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ATHENS - Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium / Leoforos (16,620 -> 20,000)


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Today the president of Panathinaikos Mr. Alafouzos - with the aid of the architectural team- revealed during a press conference the final plans for the total renovation of the team's traditional home ground "Leoforos", situated in the center of Athens.
The plan includes new stands and suites, restaurants & commercial spaces and a new interactive outer shell. The total attendance capacity will be at 20K.
Funding is supposed to be scalable and multirateral, including crowdfunding, state subsidies, even naming rights. The total cost of the renovation will go up to 15mil euro & the first million is already secured. Works will start this June after the season ends. The project plan is expected to stretch initially to three months of works before the ground can be used by the team (some other works may continue, depending on the funding). Until that time the team will play its games in Athens Olympic Stadium (OAKA).
Below you can see some pictures and renders from the presentation as they were included in the article of the greek sports site www.sport24.gr (source in greek): http://www.sport24.gr/football/omade...s.4047871.html





















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33k for AEK and 20k for Panatha? Well... Panatha lost fans of last 10 years?
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Excellent, hope both this one and the AEK stadium come to pass.

Could probably be merged with this thread, no?

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=322887
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Old May 9th, 2016, 09:58 PM   #6
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33k for AEK and 20k for Panatha? Well... Panatha lost fans of last 10 years?
Well the plot in Leoforos is too small for anything bigger and given the current condition of Panthinaikos AO (soccer team), the conditions in the greek professional soccer league and Greece in general, 20K in a renovated to today's standards historic ground may be proved to be a blessing! Even the permanent champion (the last 20 years) Olympiacos, with the largest supporting base in the country, has issues to fill their 33k ground to capacity nowadays (albeit their 20k season tickets).
If we were making this discussion 5 yrs ago, I would be totally opposed to the renovation of ancient and depleted (in its current state) Leoforos ground. But today, it may be just what the team needs.
Check also this thread I opened:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1919251
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^you can start a thread in the "Proposed" section
Don't rush my friend, because this will soon be in the "Never built" section. In the article you will read that "The total cost of the renovation will go up to 15mil euro & the first million is already secured". First they will construct some VIP boxes and then they hope that with errands they will find the rest of the money.

It is the first time that I see a construction starting without secured finance. It just worries me that in the end Panathinaikos will have a semi-demolished stadium.
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Don't rush my friend, because this will soon be in the "Never built" section. In the article you will read that "The total cost of the renovation will go up to 15mil euro & the first million is already secured". First they will construct some VIP boxes and then they hope that with errands they will find the rest of the money.

It is the first time that I see a construction starting without secured finance. It just worries me that in the end Panathinaikos will have a semi-demolished stadium.
TBH, this has been in the talks for at least two years now. And a state subsidy of about 7 mil euro coming from the budget of Attica periphery (local government) is also a done deal (I have sources in greek).
I guess, president Alafouzos (despite his controversial communication strategies) would not stage today's media show if he did not have at least these 7 mil in the pocket. He's just campaigning for the rest now.
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What is the current seated capacity of the stadium?

If the current capacity is bellow 20K and the rennovations will upgrade the capacity up to 20K or above, then the thread should stay in PROPOSED until the works start, when the moderators will move it into UNDER CONSTRUCTION (they only need to be notified).

If the current capacity is already 20K or above, I made a mistake recommending this section, the thread could have already been started in COMPLETED, because recently the minimum capacity for a stadium to have its own thread has been diminished from 30K to 20K.
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What is the current seated capacity of the stadium?

If the current capacity is bellow 20K and the rennovations will upgrade the capacity up to 20K or above, then the thread should stay in PROPOSED until the works start, when the moderators will move it into UNDER CONSTRUCTION (they only need to be notified).

If the current capacity is already 20K or above, I made a mistake recommending this section, the thread could have already been started in COMPLETED, because recently the minimum capacity for a stadium to have its own thread has been diminished from 30K to 20K.
Hi, current configuration allows for 16.620 seated attendance (http://www.stadia.gr/leoforos/leoforos-gr.html) so it is rightfully so in the "Proposed" section.
I cannot edit the thread title but it should be: ATHENS - Apostolos Nikolaidis "Leoforos" football ground of Panathinaikos (16.620 -> 20.000)
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Video released by the club to promote the renovation of the ground.
Watch the part after 0:26 when the cgi starts, depicting the upgrade that will come with the new stand & roof construction

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so the 44k new stadium project is dead?
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so the 44k new stadium project is dead?
Pretty much so and it is such a long discussion to explain why. To sum things up I believe two or rather, three major factors lead to that:

- What happened the last five years with the ownership & administration of the club. PAO got heavily indebted, the strong Vardinoyannis family (and their leverage) exited the club, the current adminstration of Alafouzos is weak, financing is difficult, etc.,etc....

- The state of the greek professional football league is to say the least, ridiculous. And to save the outsiders of needeless rumbling about all the political squables between the League, the Federation and the government, given additionally the general condition of the country, the interest of the greek public for the Greek Soccer league is constantly deminishing and attendances are falling dramatically.

- Syriza and his leader-now primeminister, Tsipras had lead a high profile campaign, back in the days when they were in opposition, to cancel the construction of the Votanikos 44k arena. Of course after becoming government, Syriza has shifted around almost all of their policies, but the general political & public sentiment is still if not against at least not favorable towards that type of developments. Let us not forget there are a lot of people who think that Greece had "overdone" it with sports infrastrucutures in Athens because of the 2004 Olympics and now there is a sense of a needed "modesty" that must prevail.

Even so, many officials would favour a return of PAO to OAKA rather than a reconstruction of Leoforos. This is what makes Alafouzos struggle to find funds for the renovation (funds he cannot afford to give himself).
So, he fought hard to exploit some legal procedural issues to include this development in a plan of local government-at the Atica periphery level-for the funding of planned overhauls of community sports infrastructures (the original owner of the Leoforos' plot was the Athens municipality).
Finally, after a lenghty process (and some political leverage) he managed to secure around 7 mil euro from the Attica periphery's budget.
At the recent press conference he said they already had 1 mil in their pockets.
Just yesterday, they hosted a telethon (in Alafouzos owned tv channel "SKAI") and they claim they raised another 1.5mil.
So now they have something around 9-9.5 mil out of the total 15 mil they need to fully renovate the ground. That's how hard it is for PAO and their current adimistration to find money.....
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So, according to the linked article in greek from greek site www.sport-fm.gr (internet site of sports radio station "sport fm" now partially owned and heavily influenced by current PAO president Alafouzos), Leoforos ground is just about to be handed over to the construction company for the first phase of the renovation. Works, acording to the article, will start immediatelly and are planned to last for 3 months. What exactly will be built during this first phase is not yet cleared, at least in the article. PAO will play all their games in OAKA until the 1st phase is complete (2nd phase is supposed to go through during next year's summer).
Below a new render from this article.

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Well, greek media started reporting today that the works in Leoforos ground have started. For the moment they will focus mainly on "light" refurbishment tasks like removing the current seating and re-adjusting coating and painting while attending for the full building license to be released (by the beginning of July according to media sources). After that the construction of the (cantilevered) new stand over what is today the ground's "main stand" will commence. This will be the "first stage" of the renovation works which is estimated to last for three months, that is until the end of October 2016. Then the ground will be handed over to be used again until a similar second phase takes place next year (which most probably will concern the construction of the 2nd new cantilevered stand over the stand that is now next to Alexandras Avenue-"Leoforos"=Avenue in Greek).

Those who can read greek can look at THIS article from site www.sport-fm.gr (internet site of sports radio station "sport fm" now partially owned and heavily influenced by current PAO president Alafouzos).
The following photos are also from the same source (article).
We can probably move this thread into "under construction" section.

























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