Peace and Friendship Stadium
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Capacity: 11,390 (for basketball) - 10,520 (for athletics)
Location: The Peace and Friendship Stadium is located in Piraeus, on the Faliro coastal zone (2 km to Piraeus centre, 10 km to Athens and 32 km to the airport). Access by:
- Car. The arena is on the coastal Possidonos Avenue, just as you enter Piraeus.
- Bus. All city-buses from Athens to Piraeus stop near the arena, either on the coastal avenue (get off at "Stathmos ISAP") or on Pireos Street ("Elais")
- Metro. Use line 1 to "Faliro" station, right outside the arena. The easiest way to get there.
- Tram. The terminus of tram lines 3 (from Voula) and 4 (from Athens) is "SEF", at the arena.
Built in: 1985 (Latest redevelopment in 2004)
Home of: Olympiacos B.C. (A1 Division)
More data: The arena is known widely as "SEF", which are the initials of its name in Greek (Stadio Erinis & Filias). It is built right opposite Karaiskaki Stadium, on the seafront (actually on reclaimed land). The arena was designed by architects "Thymios Papagiannis and associates" at a cost of € 25 million (1983 prices). In 1991 it received the Golden Award by IAKS (International Working Group for the Construction of Sports and Leisure Facilities). Besides basketball, its multi-purpose main arena is also able to host athletics, gymnastics, volleyball, handball, ice skating etc, and also concerts, conventions and exhibitions.
It has hosted a number of international events in various sports. Major competitions included: Basketball - 1985 Clubs European Championship Final, 1987 EuroBasket, 1989 Clubs European CupWinners' Cup Final, 1993 Clubs European Championship Final-Four, 1998 World Championship (preliminary phase games)
Volleyball - 1992 & 1993 Clubs European Championship Final-Four, 1994 World Championship, 1995 European Championship, 1996 & 2005 Clubs European CupWinners' Cup Final-Four
Athletics - 1985 European Indoor Championship
Wrestling - 1986 European Championship, 1988 World Cup, 1999 World Championship
Gymnastics - 1990 European Artistic Championship, 1991 World Rhythmics Championship
Weightlifting - 1999 World Championship

Additionally, the arena has hosted 11 Greek Basketball Cup Finals (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999 and 2002) and also 3 Greek Basketball All-Star Games (1991, 1994 and 1995 - although the latter took place eariler in the season, on 22/12/1994).
The Peace and Friendship Stadium was one of the venues of the 2004 Olympic Games, hosting all the preliminaries and finals of the volleyball tournament. The arena remained closed from April 2002 until early 2004, as its facilities were being upgraded. The cost for these works (carried out by TERNA SA) was € 7.3 million.
Following below are some more photographs of the Peace and Friendship Stadium.
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The Peace and Friendship Stadium from the south
A courtside view of the basketball arena
Karaiskaki Stadium lies next to the arena
View of the arena from the top of the upper tier
The Peace and Friendship Stadium (official website) is owned by the Greek State.
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