Peace and Friendship Stadium - Athens - Greece
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N 37° 56.550 E 023° 40.039
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Quick Description: The Peace and Friendship Stadium, commonly known by its acronym SEF is a multi-purpose indoor arena that is located in Piraeus, on the coastal zone of Attica, Greece.
Location: Greece
Date Posted: 4/17/2018 1:47:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMY47F
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
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Long Description:
The Peace and Friendship Stadium, commonly known by its acronym SEF is a multi-purpose indoor arena that is located in Piraeus, on the coastal zone of Attica, Greece. The arena is mostly known for being the home to EuroLeague team Olympiacos, and is the central venue of the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex. It opened in 1985.

The arena complex also contains a 942-seat amphitheater, a weight training room, a full practice facility, three auxiliary courts that house the Olympiacos youth clubs, and the Olympiacos team office.

History
The Peace and Friendship Stadium opened in 1985, and its construction cost was €25,000,000 in 1983 prices. It was designed by the architectural firm "Thymios Papagiannis and Associates". The arena is built opposite to the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, located in the western end of the Phaleron Bay, in the coastal zone of Attica. It was inaugurated on February 16, 1985, at the first Panhellenic Athletics Indoor Championship, and hosted the 1985 European Athletics Indoor Championships in March.

In 1991, the arena won the Golden Award from IAKS, the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities.

Since the 1991–92 season, the Peace and Friendship Stadium has been the home court to Greek League and EuroLeague professional basketball club Olympiacos. The arena was closed from April 2002, to early 2004, for renovation works, at a total cost of €7,300,000, and hosted the indoor volleyball tournament during the 2004 Summer Olympics. During the period that the arena was closed for renovations, Olympiacos played at the Glyfada Makis Liougas Sportshall, during the 2001–02 season, and at the Korydallos Sports Hall, during the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons.

The arena's total capacity varies, depending on the collapsible bleachers used in the lower level, besides its 11,640 permanent seating in the mid and upper levels.[1] The Peace and Friendship Stadium seats up to 14,776 for basketball games, with all the bleachers in use.
Olympiacos and Orléans warm up before a Euroleague game at the Peace and Friendship Stadium, in October 2009.
13,200 seat configuration during the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics Volleyball Tournament.

Other uses
The arena is occasionally used for events like congresses, music concerts, and indoor motocross races. It is also capable to accommodate ice skating events, although it has never been used as an ice skating venue. The Scorpions, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Status Quo, UB40, Gloria Estefan, Deep Purple, and Placebo, are among the artists who have performed at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.

Outside the main arena, in the same stadium building, there is a 942-seat amphitheater, and various other halls of a total area of 16,048 sqm, where exhibitions and congresses take place.

Taken from: Date retrieved: 17 April 2018 20:42 UTC
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It's the home of which team(s)?: Olympiacos

Which professional sports are played here?: Basketball

Capacity (number of seats): 12000

Opening Date: 2/16/1985

Venue's Website or Team's Website: [Web Link]

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