Pankritio Stadium

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Pankritio Stadium
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Location Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Coordinates 35°20′12″N25°6′22″E / 35.33667°N 25.10611°E / 35.33667; 25.10611 Coordinates: 35°20′12″N25°6′22″E / 35.33667°N 25.10611°E / 35.33667; 25.10611
Owner Hellenic Olympic Committee
OperatorCity of Heraklion
Capacity 26,240 [1]
Record attendance27,950 (Ergotelis-Olympiacos, 20 February 2005) [2]
Field size105 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Scoreboard LED
Construction
Broke ground1990
BuiltDecember 31, 2003
OpenedAugust 11, 2004
Construction cost 50,000,000
ArchitectVassilis Floudas & Associates
Tenants
Ergotelis (2004−)
Greece (2019–)
Former Tenants:
OFI Crete (2006−2009)
Website
www.aahaeota.gr

The Pankritio Stadium (Greek : Παγκρήτιο Στάδιο, Pagkritio Stadio literally:Pancretan Stadium) is a multi-purpose sports stadium located in Heraklion on the island of Crete. It was completed on 31 December 2003, and officially opened on August 11, 2004. As one of the most modern sports venues in Greece at the time, it was used as one of the football venues to host matches of the 2004 Summer Olympics Football tournament. It has a capacity of 26,240 seats, and is currently the home ground of Heraklion football club Ergotelis, and on occasion, the Greek national football team.

Greek language language spoken in Greece, Cyprus and Southern Albania

Greek is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, native to Greece, Cyprus and other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning more than 3000 years of written records. Its writing system has been the Greek alphabet for the major part of its history; other systems, such as Linear B and the Cypriot syllabary, were used previously. The alphabet arose from the Phoenician script and was in turn the basis of the Latin, Cyrillic, Armenian, Coptic, Gothic, and many other writing systems.

Stadium place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events

A stadium is a place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a tiered structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.

Heraklion Place in Greece

Heraklion or Heraclion is the largest city and the administrative capital of the island of Crete and capital of Heraklion regional unit. It is the fourth largest city in Greece. According to the results of the 2011 census, the municipality's population was 173,993 and according to the results of 2011 census, the metropolitan area has a population of 225,574 and it extends over an area of 684.3 km2 (264.2 sq mi).

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Location

The Pankritio Stadium is located in Heraklion, at the Lido district to the west of the city center. It has been built about 50 meters from the island coast, and is neighbored by the Lido Indoor Hall and the city's outdoor pool venue, [3] of which the whole district is named after (Lido).

The Lido Indoor Hall, or simply, τhe Lido Hall, is a multi-purpose indoor arena that is located in the city of Heraklion, on the island of Crete, in Greece. It is named after the district where it's located, called Lido. The arena has been used to host a variety of sports events, such as volleyball, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and Mixed martial arts, but its primary use is hosting basketball games. It is the home of Ergotelis B.C. of the Greek C Basket League and former home of Irakleio B.C. during its tenure in Greek A1 Basketball League. It is part of the Heraklion National Sports Centre, and is located next to the Pankritio Stadium. It has a seating capacity of 1,400.

History

The stadium broke ground sometime during the late 80s, however construction work was never completed on time, and was eventually indefinitely postponed. [3] Once Greece won the bid to host the 2004 Summer Olympics, construction of the stadium was finally picked up once again in 2001. [3] It was eventually completed on 31 December 2003. [3] The total construction cost was estimated at €50,000,000. [3] The new stadium was officially opened on 11 August 2004, to host an international friendly game between Greece and Switzerland. [4]

Greece republic in Southeast Europe

Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known as Hellas, is a country located in Southern and Southeast Europe, with a population of approximately 11 million as of 2016. Athens is the nation's capital and largest city, followed by Thessaloniki.

2004 Summer Olympics Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, held in Athens in 2004

The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad and commonly known as Athens 2004, was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004 with the motto Welcome Home.

Exhibition game sporting event wherein the result has no external impact

An exhibition game is a sporting event whose prize money and impact on the player's or the team's rankings is either zero or otherwise greatly reduced. In team sports, matches of this type are often used to help coaches and managers select and condition players for the competitive matches of a league season or tournament. If the players usually play in different teams in other leagues, exhibition games offer an opportunity for the players to learn to work with each other. The games can be held between separate teams or between parts of the same team.

Due to its size, age and ranking, the Pankritio was selected as one of the football venues of the 2004 Summer Olympics Football Tournament, hosting in total 10 matches (5 men's Group Stage matches, 2 women's Group Stage matches, one men's Quarterfinals match, one women's Quarterfinals match and one women's Semi-Final match). [5] After the tournament, the stadium was rented out, and has since been used as a training and home ground of the city's football club Ergotelis, and occasionally also by the Greek national football team. [5] In 2006, the Pankritio hosted the 2005–06 Greek Cup Final, the first to be played in Heraklion since 1931.

Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics 2004 edition of the association football torunaments during the Olympic Summer Games

The football tournament at the 2004 Summer Olympics started on 11 August, and ended on 28 August.

Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Mens tournament

The men's football tournament at the 2004 Summer Olympics featured 16 men's national teams from the six continental confederations. The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four, in which each team would play each of the others once. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the quarter-finals and culminating with the final at Athens' Olympic Stadium on 28 August 2004.

Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Womens tournament 2004 edition of the womens association football tournament during the Olympic Summer Games

Women's Olympic Football tournament was held for the third time at the 2004 Summer Olympics. The tournament featured 10 women's national teams from six continental confederations. The 10 teams were drawn into two groups of three and one group of four and each group played a round-robin tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top teams from each group advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the quarter-finals and culminating with the gold medal match at Karaiskakis Stadium on August 26, 2004.

Although primarily considered a football stadium, the Pankritio, has also been used to host major athletics events, such as the 2004 Tsiklitiria annual IAAF World Challenge meeting and the 2015 European Team Championships First League. [5] The stadium has also been used for a number of music concerts, most notably hosting Deep Purple and Vasilis Papakonstantinou on May 6, 2011. [6]

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Sport of athletics Sports involving running, jumping, throwing, and walking

Athletics is a collection of sporting events that involve competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking. The most common types of athletics competitions are track and field, road running, cross country running, and race walking.

The Athens Grand Prix Tsiklitiria is an annual athletics event at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece as part of the IAAF World Challenge Meetings. It was first organized in 1963, held at the Panathinaiko Stadium. Its name honours Kostas Tsiklitiras, who won four olympic medals at the 1908 and 1912 Olympic Games in long jump and high jump, both from standing position.

Facilities

The Pankritio Stadium sports complex features in total two football grounds built to international standards (main stadium and training ground), an 8-lane track, an auxiliary 6-lane track, an indoor gym and swimming pool, multi-purpose halls for boxing, wrestling, fencing, dance, weightlifting, shooting and tae kwon do, a rowing simulator and a physiotherapy room with sauna and hot tub. [5] Additionally, the stadium features seminar meeting rooms, a dining room, and a showroom featuring exhibits from the 2004 Summer Olympics and 2011 Special Olympics. [5]

Boxing combat sport

Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring.

Wrestling form of combat sport involving grappling type techniques

Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling-type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. The sport can either be theatrical for entertainment, or genuinely competitive. A wrestling bout is a physical competition, between two competitors or sparring partners, who attempt to gain and maintain a superior position. There are a wide range of styles with varying rules with both traditional historic and modern styles. Wrestling techniques have been incorporated into other martial arts as well as military hand-to-hand combat systems.

Fencing sport

Fencing is a group of three related combat sports. The three disciplines in modern fencing are the foil, the épée, and the sabre; winning points are made through the contact with an opponent. A fourth discipline, singlestick, appeared in the 1904 Olympics but was dropped after that, and is not a part of modern fencing. Fencing was one of the first sports to be played in the Olympics. Based on the traditional skills of swordsmanship, the modern sport arose at the end of the 19th century, with the Italian school having modified the historical European martial art of classical fencing, and the French school later refining the Italian system. There are three forms of modern fencing, each of which uses a different kind of weapon and has different rules; thus the sport itself is divided into three competitive scenes: foil, épée, and sabre. Most competitive fencers choose to specialize in one weapon only.

The complex is neighbored by the city's outdoor swimming pool and the Lido Indoor Hall. [3]

Tenants

The stadium has been used as the home ground of Football League football team Ergotelis, since its opening in 2004, as their traditional home turf Nikos Kazantzakis Stadium was declared unfit for use in official matches at any level of the Greek football league system since 2004. Between 2006 and 2009, the stadium was also used by Ergotelis' rival OFI, before they returned to their original home ground, Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium.

On occasion, the Pankritio has also hosted home games of the Greek national football team, notably attracting large numbers of spectators from all over the island.

Records

Τhe stadium attendance record and first ever sold-out event was set on 20 February 2005, in a Superleague match between Ergotelis and reigning champions Olympiacos with 27,950 tickets being sold. [2] The result was a 2−1 victory for the home team.

2004 Summer Olympics

Pankritio Stadium during the 2004 Summer Olympics Football tournament. Pagkritio.jpg
Pankritio Stadium during the 2004 Summer Olympics Football tournament.

Pankritio Stadium hosted six games of the men's football tournament at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and four games of the women's Olympic Football tournament.

Men's tournament

DateTimeTeam No. 1Res.Team No. 2RoundAttendance
11 August 200420:30 Flag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia 1–1 Flag of Australia.svg Australia Group C 15,757 [7]
12 August 200420:30 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica 0–0 Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco Group D 3,212 [8]
14 August 200420:30 Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg Serbia and Montenegro 1–5 Flag of Australia.svg Australia Group C 8,857 [9]
15 August 200420:30 Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco 1–2 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Group D 7,581 [10]
18 August 200420:30 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica 4–2 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Group D 11,218 [11]
21 August 200418:00 Flag of Iraq.svg Iraq 1–0 Flag of Australia.svg Australia Quarter-finals 10,023 [12]

Women's tournament

DateTimeTeam No. 1Res.Team No. 2RoundAttendance
11 August 200418:00 Flag of Greece.svg Greece 0–3 Flag of the United States.svg United States Group C 15,757 [13]
14 August 200420:30 Flag of Greece.svg Greece 0–1 Flag of Australia.svg Australia Group C 8,857 [14]
20 August 200421:00 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico 0–5 Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Quarter-finals 3,012 [15]
23 August 200418:00 Flag of the United States.svg United States 2–1 (a.e.t.) Flag of Germany.svg Germany Semi finals 5,165 [16]

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