AEK complete first stage of constructing Agia Sophia Stadium

AEK complete first stage of constructing Agia Sophia Stadium

AEK Athens’ return to their historic home in Nea Filadelfeia is getting closer. During the week, the Super League leaders revealed that the first stage of the process has been completed 15 days ahead of scheduled.

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Back in the summer, AEK finally received the required planning permission to begin construction on their new arena which will replace the old Nikos Goumas Stadium. The news was greeted by jubilant scenes among AEK fans, with the team holding a special celebration in Nea Filadelfia. The Agia Sophia Stadium, which will be a state of the art sports facility with a capacity of 31800, is due to open in 2019.

Earlier this week, AEK released a statement explaining that the first stage of construction has finished 15 days in advance. 

“Today, on Tuesday 5 December 2017, the first construction phase (excavations and preparation works) for AEK’s new stadium in Nea Filadelfia reached its completion 15 days ahead of the planned schedule.

Among other reasons, excellent weather conditions during October and November contributed to the first phase being completed early.

The next stage of construction, which will last between 12 and 13 months, was announced in mid-November, and the final offers along with the choice of sponsor are expected to be done by the end of December.

The Kitrinomavi family’s dream of returning home to our ancestors’ land is going to plan.”

When signing his new contract, inspirational AEK captain Petros Mantalos stated his desire to play at the Agia Sophia Stadium. At the moment, assuming AEK stick to their schedule, that looks like becoming a reality.

By Shaun Nicolaides
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