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National Kaftanzoglio Stadium

National Kaftanzoglio Stadium was the sports arena that hosted the first event of the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1956 Founded.

    1960 It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Constantinos Karamanlis, in the presence of royalty.

    1970 It breaks the ticket sales record (47,458) for the World Cup qualifiers (Greece - Switzerland 4-1).

    2000 Renovated for the Athens Olympic Games.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

  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

The Kaftanzoglio Stadium, along with its supporting venues, occupies an area of 106,534 square metres. After its renovation for the Athens Olympics in 2004, its capacity was reduced to 28,200 seats. Apart from the track and the football pitch, it includes a gym of indoor track-and-field, training rooms, a four-storey building with offices, suites, guest-rooms, a press room and spaces to accommodate journalists. It is also home to several sports clubs and is open to the public, which makes it a major sporting landmark for the people of Thessaloniki.

What I can't see

Although we all say “Kaftatzoglio”, the correct name is “Kaftanzoglio”, after Lysimachos Kaftanzoglou, a diplomat and lawyer from Thessaloniki and the father of the famous architect Lyssandros Kaftanzoglou. The Kaftanzoglou family made the donation for the stadium’s construction, which was designed by Georgios Pantzaris. Before the recent renovation, its capacity reached 40,000 seats, which made it the largest stadium in the country until 1982, when the Olympic Stadium in Athens was built. Moreover, this was the sports arena that hosted the first event of the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. Nowadays, it hosts the headquarters of one of Thessaloniki’s greatest football teams.



Kazantzidou N., (2014), Ο χάρτης της πόλης: η ιστορία ενός γηπέδου, [The city map: the history of a stadium], Parallaxi

Last visit 3/11/2014

Kaftanzoglio Stadium, (d.u.), Το Στάδιο, Υποδομή, [The stadium: infrastructure]

Last visit 3/11/2014

Kolonas V., (2012), Η αρχιτεκτονική μιας εκατονταετίας: Θεσσαλονίκη 1912-2012, [The architecture of a century: Thessaloniki 1912-2012] University Studio Press