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Beach Volley Olympic Centre

This is where the beach volleyball matches were held during the Athens Olympics in 2004.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    2004 Completed.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

At the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, the sport of beach volleyball was hosted here. A luxurious 7000-seat facility is now nearly destroyed by abandonment, weather and looting. Although several years passed, most of the Olympic facilities were finally utilized. This court, however, remains in a state of absolute decline to this day.

What I can't see

After the Olympics, the 8,000,000 drachma court was not used again, except for the beach handball tournament in 2019. Many plans have been made for its utilization, among them being the conversion into an open-air theatre. None of them was materialized. Despite the construction projects of a metropolitan park in Faliro, within which the facility will be located, there are no plans for its future, although it stands out for its characteristic roof. The beach volleyball court is the most typical example of expensive venues, which remain unused after the games and the opportunity of mega events, such as the Olympic Games, is limited to a short term promotion of the country and not to plans with long-term benefits.


Field observation by scientific editors


Leontidou, L., Afouxenidis, A., Kourliouros, E., Marmaras, E., (2007), Infrastructure- related urban sprawl: Mega- events and hybrid peri-urban landscapes in southern Europe, in Couch, C., Leontidou, L., Petschel- Held, G. (eds), (2007), Urban Sprawl in Europe, Landscapes, Land- Use Change and Policy, Blackwell Publishing, p.p. 71-101