Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall

Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall
Full name Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall[1][2]
Location Athens Olympic Sports Complex, Marousi, Athens, Greece
Coordinates 38°02′16″N 23°47′05″E / 38.037862°N 23.784676°E / 38.037862; 23.784676
Owner Greek Government
Operator OAKA S.A.
Capacity Gymnastics: 17,600
(fan seating)[3]
(with media seats)[4]
(with VIP seats)[5]
Record attendance 25,300
(Panathinaikos vs. BarcelonaEuroleague, April 2013)
Surface Parquet
Opened 1995
Renovated 2002–2004
(Olympic Games)
Architect Santiago Calatrava (renovation)
Greek National Basketball Team
Panathinaikos Athens
2006 Eurovision Song Contest
AEK Athens

The Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall (previously known as O.A.C.A. Olympic Indoor Hall), which is a part of the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens (O.A.C.A.) "Spiros Louis" (Greek: O.A.K.A.), was completed in 1995, and was the largest indoor venue in use for sporting events at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. It is located in the Athens suburb of Marousi. It is considered to be one of the biggest and most modern indoor sports arenas in all of Europe.

The arena also contains a training facility. Since 2016, it is named after the well-known Greek basketball player Nikos Galis.[6]


Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall is notable for its distinctive A-frame roof that features four huge pillars, each of which is 35 meters tall, that stand 108 meters apart from each other. According to the Greek Ministry of Sports, it is the largest indoor sporting arena of its kind in the world. The arena is also constructed in a unique way so that an abundant amount of natural light comes into the arena during the day.[7]

The arena seats up to 17,600 for gymnastics events, although only 12,500 seats were made publicly available for the gymnastics competition at the 2004 Olympics. It seats up to 18,989 for basketball games, which includes 18,500 regular seats for the fans, 300 seats for the media members,[8] and 189 seats for VIPs.[9]

A large scale arena renovation was completed in 2004, for the 2004 Summer Olympics. The arena was then renovated again in 2016.[10]

2004 Athens Summer Olympics

The arena was used for artistic gymnastics and trampolining, and also hosted the finals of the basketball matches at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[11] Renovation of the building for the Olympics was completed on June 30, 2004, and it was officially reopened on August 10, 2004, shortly before the beginning of the games.

Basketball use

The Indoor Hall is the regular home court for the Greek Basket League professional basketball clubs Panathinaikos Athens and AEK Athens. It has also been used as the home court for Maroussi Athens, for European-wide league matches

The arena was used to host the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals stages of the 1998 FIBA World Championship. It is also the primary home court of the Greek National Basketball Team.

On May 4 and 6, 2007, the Indoor Hall hosted the EuroLeague 2006–07 season's Final Four, the semifinals and finals rounds of Europe's principal pro club competition in basketball, which saw hometown favorite Panathinaikos win the title.

On December 9, 2007, FIBA announced that the Olympic Indoor Hall was selected as the host of the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the 2008 Olympics Basketball Tournament.[12] At the qualifying tournament, hosts and favorites Greece, along with the German and Croatian national basketball teams, qualified for the final 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournament.[13]

Inside view of the arena's main hall and basketball court.

Musical events

Indoor Hall plan

On May 18 and 20, 2006, the Hall hosted the 51st Eurovision Song Contest, that was held in Athens, after Greece's victory at the Song Contest in 2005. There were 15,000 seats available for spectators, both for the semifinal and the grand final. Some of the entertainers who have performed at the arena include: Depeche Mode, Jennifer Lopez, Björk, Beyoncé, Roger Waters, Aloha from Hell, Tokio Hotel, Helena Paparizou, Sakis Rouvas, and Anna Vissi.

See also


Events and tenants
Preceded by
FIBA EuroBasket
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Palau Sant Jordi
Preceded by
FIBA Intercontinental Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Ginásio José Corrêa
Barueri, São Paulo
Preceded by
FIBA World Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Conseco Fieldhouse
Preceded by
Palace of Sports
Eurovision Song Contest

Succeeded by
Hartwall Areena
Preceded by
Sazka Arena
Final Four

Succeeded by
Palacio de Deportes

Coordinates: 38°02′16″N 23°47′05″E / 38.037862°N 23.784676°E / 38.037862; 23.784676

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