The official inauguration of the new OPAP Arena, home of the historic AEK Athens football club, will take place today.

Construction on the all-new purpose-built stadium began in 2017 at the site of the old Nikos Goumas stadium. 

It has a capacity of 31,100 and features a unique underground road system that the teams will use to enter the stadium.

The new venue includes: Conference room; VIP Entrance; VIP Club "Vassos Hajioannou"; Aristotle Onassis Executive Lounge; 40 suites; Executive suite; AEK Boutique; AEK Athens FC History Museum; Museum of Greek Refugees; OPAP betting shop; Panoramic view restaurant; Traditional barbershop; Traditional coffee shop; Traditional shoe shop; Relax area; Hammam; Sauna; Pool areas (indoor); Double-headed eagle statue (stadium main entrance)

Up to 30,000 fans are expected to fill the stadium for the official opening of the new venue in the western suburb of Nea Philadelphia.

The previous soccer ground Nikos Goumas Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium and was named after a one-time club president who contributed to its building and its upgrading.

It served as AEK’s home ground from 1930. The Nikos Goumas Stadium suffered severe damage from a 1999 earthquake and was demolished in 2003.

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