Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
|Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre|
|Full name:||Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre|
|Capacity:||11,500 (larger pool)
5,300 (smaller pool)
6,200 (indoor pool)
The Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre is a complex at the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, consisting of two outdoor pools and one indoor pool, that was built for the 1991 Mediterranean Games. It was refurbished and expanded for the 2004 Summer Olympics. The larger of the outdoor pools, which seats 11,500 spectators, hosted swimming and water polo events. The smaller pool, which hosted synchronized swimming, sat 5,300 fans. The indoor pool, which hosted the diving events, sat 6,200 observers.
The outdoor pool was the subject of significant controversy during the run-up to the Olympic games. A roof was planned that would have shielded the swimmers from the blazing Athens sun. This feature was later scrapped, leaving the athletes and most of the fans without shade during the events. The venue was however, FINA approved.
As of August 2014 the outdoor venue lies in a state of disuse, with the pools drained,and filled with rubbish.
- Olympics: Athens venues lie empty as tenth anniversary nears, BBC Sport, 7 August 2014
- 2004 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. pp. 201, 207, 227, 231.
- OAKA.com profile (English) & (Greek)
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