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30 Jul 2004
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Olympic Village opens its doors

The Olympic Village for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens has opened its doors today. The Village is the largest venue of the 2004 Olympic Games. It will host 16,000 athletes and delegation members.

34 days around the clock
The Village will be fully operational for 34 days, around the clock. Over 10,000 people will be employed there at Games time.

8,814 rooms and 17,428 beds
There are 366 functional buildings with 2,292 apartments - amounting to 8,814 rooms and 17,428 beds - in an area of 1,240,000 square metres. With 16 square metres per athlete – the size of the rooms - the Village offers spacious facilities.

Adjacent training centres
It is the first time that the training centres have been adjacent to the Olympic Village, so that the athletes have direct access.

Housing for 2,500 families
After the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Olympic Village will be given to the beneficiaries of the Workers Housing Association. Some 2,500 families will be given the chance to live in this exemplary estate, the first of its kind in Greece.

Prime example of Games legacy.
“The Olympic Village is a prime example of this Olympic Games' legacy which will be bestowed to Greece and its people - an inexhaustible legacy that goes beyond the present and embraces future generations”, said Gianna Angelopoulos- Daskalaki, President of the Organising Committee at the Village’s opening ceremony.

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