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27 Oct 2019
Athens 2004 Legacy, Olympic Venues

Out of the 22 new sports venues built for the Olympic Games Athens 2004, 14 remain in use. The Galatsi Olympic Hall, for example, hosts sports like basketball and rhythmic gymnastics, art classes, music concerts, television sets and governmental offices. The Agios Kosmas sailing centre functions as a private marina, while the International Broadcasting Centre was repurposed into one of the most popular shopping malls in Athens. Additionally, the Olympic and media villages have been sold off as private residencies, and the Phaleron Sports Pavilion has become a convention centre, hosting trade shows and music concerts. Re-built for the Games, the Karaiskaki Stadium is the home of Greece’s most decorated football club, Olympiacos.

Eight Olympic venues have not fared well, particularly in the Hellinikon Complex, which was built within the wider redevelopment area of the former Athens airport in the south of the city. Failure to move forward with the overall development project has meant that – aside from the sporadic use of the Indoor Fencing Hall – the other five venues in this complex remain unused. Three other venues located in different areas of the city also remain unused, namely the Phaleron Olympic Beach Volleyball stadium, the Nikaia Weightlifting Hall and the Goudi Olympic Complex, which was used as a theatre for a number of years after the Games.

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