|Nea Smyrni Stadium|
|Capacity: 11,700 (seated)|
The stadium is located in Nea Smyrni, a district first inhabited by refugees that came from Smyrna of Asia Minor in 1922. Nea Smyrni is about 4 km south of the centre of Athens. Exit the city centre via Syngrou Avenue, which leads to the sea. Nea Smyrni lies to your left. You have to turn right, left and again left, to pass under Syngrou, following the signs reading "Nea Smyrni - Exit 2". At the first traffic lights after the underpass, you will see a Pizza Hut restaurant on your right. Pass by it and turn immediately right into Vyzantiou St. Go on for about 500m and then turn left into Kairi St; you will see the main stand of the stadium in front of you.
Since it is rather difficult to drive there by yourself, your best shot would be to use a bus: #106 from Athens (board it on Sina St, next to the Academy) and #130 from Piraeus both stop right outside the stadium. Using #110 from Athens (Stadiou St, outside the old parliament) to Nea Smyrni might be another option, as it runs much more frequently. It will, however, involve walking a distance of about 700m to the stadium (ask anyone for directions). The new Athens Tram will follow the same route as bus #110 once it becomes operational within 2004.
|Built in: 1939|
|Record attendance: 20,950 (Panionios FC vs Panathinaikos FC - in 1974)|
|Home of: Panionios FC (Superleague)|
More data: The stadium used to have a capacity of about 20,000 until the installation of seats in the late 1990s. It has a horseshoe-like shape, without a northern stand. The south curve is a double-tiered stand that is usually allocated to away fans, however its upper tier has not been used for many years because of structural problems that have been discovered.
The stadium has been upgraded in recent years. The Panionios shop as well as a VIP lounge with view of the pitch were both constructed below the main west stand in 2001. Further works were carried out in 2003, the most important of which was the new roof over the same stand.
Finally, you may see the first and last photos featured on this page in their full size.
|Nea Smyrni Stadium is owned by the Panionios G.S. amateur club.|