Olympic Sports Hall
Capacity: 18,989 (maximum capacity for basketball games)
Location: The arena is located in Maroussi, a northern suburb of Athens (9 km from the city centre, 22 km from the airport). It is part of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex (better known from its initials in Greek as OAKA). Access by:

Car - Exit the city centre to the north via Kifissias Avenue and just follow the roadsigns to "OAKA". If you come from the Attiki Odos ring road, use exit 11 (signposted: "Kifissias - Ol. Stadium").

Bus - Use either E14 or X14 from Syntagma Square directly to OAKA.

- The ride from the city centre ("Omonia") takes 25 minutes. Use line 1 and get off at "Irini". From there it is a 5min walk through the Olympic Complex to the Sports Hall.
Builit in: 1995
Home of: Panathinaikos B.C. (Basket League), AEK Athens B.C. (Basket League)
More data: The Olympic Sports Hall is one of the biggest indoor arenas in Europe. It and its neighbouring Olympic Stadium are commonly referred to simply as "OAKA", the initials for the Olympic Sports Complex of which they are part. The Sports Hall is actually comprised of two independent but connecting buildings: the main arena and the training halls. It is notable for the distinctive A-frame roof that features four huge pillars, each 35m tall, creating a span of 108m. Its design allows abundant sunlight to come into the main arena during the day.
Besides ball games, the Olympic Sports Hall can also host gymnastics (for which its capacity is reduced to 16,700 due to the removal of the lower stands). Over the years, it has been the venue of the following major basketball events: 1995 EuroBasket, 1995 World Championship for Men Under-19, 1998 World Championship for Men (final phase), 2007 Euroleague Final-Four and 2008 Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men (prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games). Additionally, the arena has hosted 3 Greek Basketball Cup Finals (1997, 2001 and 2007) and also 3 Greek Basketball All-Star Games (1996, 1999 and 2000 - although the last two took place eariler in the season, on 21/11/1998 and 20/11/1999 respectively).
The Olympic Sports Hall was used during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. It hosted the finals of the basketball tournament (not the prelimenaries), as well as artistic gymnastics and trampoline. In order for the then ten-year old arena to be in top shape, minor upgrading took place in early 2004. The works mainly involved its electromechanical installations and their total cost reached € 7 million.

The Athens Olympic Sports Hall (official website) is owned by the Greek State.
The second space image of the Olympic Complex comes from the website of Digitalglobe
All other photographs come from the website of the General Secretariat of Sports
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