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  • #46
    This is why before anyone decides to become a Greek patriot of any description, one must realise those who seek to damage Greeks and Greece first and destroy progress are usually Greeks themselves.

    Btw they ordered the seats for the stadium - normal and VIP. The total was 30,030. So that is probably the final capacity. Makes sense as before AEK offered to reduce the height of the stadium and enacted that height reduction, the projected capacity was 31,500.

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    • #47
      Reaper I think originally AEK wanted 33,000 and it was reduced to 31,500 as again we had issues with the previous Mayor, I remember one of his issues was the size of the seats. The size of a seat for fucks sake lol,like they have nothing else to worry about. 30,000 will still be good and create a great atmosphere.

      I still think they’ll be pushing as much as they can to have it ready for the new season.

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      • #48
        Yes. If aek had not reduced the height by a few meters to appease the council you would have around 32k. As it is, it seems it is 30k on the dot. Amazingly small considering the original Skepasti was 9500 seats:



        That means between AEK and the council they have managed to reduce the original skeptsi by around 3000 seats.

        Either way, better than nothing. Just a shame Tiger didn't fight as hard on making the stadium a decent size as he fights on 1000s of other things. AEK's stadium when completed will be the 3rd biggest in the country until the New Toumba is built, then it will be fourth.

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        • #49
          That was another issue we found in our way, the height of the stadium too. We basically bent over backwards and had to change plans and settle for something different due to that Mayor. He did a lot of damage to AEK in regards to the stadium while he was in charge. From memory he even refused to have the rubbish cleaned up around the stadium. Hence why he wasn’t elected again. You can’t go against a fan base who are populated in the area you are running. It’s like Moralis going against Oly fans in Piraeus, we know what that outcome would be if he did something like that.

          Syriza was also against Meli’s idea of having a museum for the refugees of Constantinople as it would generate more funds for AEK as it was meant to be right next to or at the stadium premises. I honestly don’t know if that museum is going ahead still as talk died down of it happening. Would be nice though as if I’m correct there isn’t anything like that in Greece.lt only makes sense if AEK has something like that seeing as though that’s how AEK was born.

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          • #50
            Syriza were even more stupid than you describe. They originally said they would only support the AEK stadium if anyone was allowed to use it. Not any other teams - they specifically implied - anyone. Anyone off the street who wanted to rock up at the stadium and muck around on the pitch.

            God the Greeks were dumb fucks to elect them twice..

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            • #51
              Hahaha I never heard that one, that tops it all. Sure let’s leave the new stadium open for all to come and kick a ball around when they’re bored at home. And not to pick a group out but sure lets leave it open so Oly fans can come and destroy it.

              Only in Greece do you hear that shit.

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              • #52
                Originally posted by Original Sydney View Post
                Hahaha I never heard that one, that tops it all. Sure let’s leave the new stadium open for all to come and kick a ball around when they’re bored at home. And not to pick a group out but sure lets leave it open so Oly fans can come and destroy it.

                Only in Greece do you hear that shit.
                That was actually their position. They argued they could not even contemplate a new stadium for AEK without it being open for use by the general public. That was their official position.

                Anyways, they are gone now. Greek media misses them though - gives Tsipras headlines daily but that is OT.

                This stadium will be a gem. AEK fans will make it a fortress and it will lift the country.

                As for the museum I believe it has full permissions.

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                • #53
                  Making it like it’s a suburban soccer ground for all to play on haha bloody Syriza....

                  The Stadium will be great and if Fili wasn’t pumping as a suburb now it’s about to get even better with the stadium.

                  The museum will actually be great to see and will generate a lot of tourism to it also.

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                  • #54
                    I have family in Filadelfia and their businesses will definitely improve once this thing is built and open. The modern idea to have all the other amenities is brilliant, and a sign of the times. You should be able to generate income even when there isn't a game happening.

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                    • #55
                      Slightly off topic but I went and saw the AEK 1968 film last night and I must say it was very good, great story. Not only about AEK but also the Junta, Smyrna and the difficulties Greek people were going through at that time. AEK truly is a club with a real story/history behind it.

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                      • #56
                        Managed yo get in on DVD there not long ago, great and important film.

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                        • #57
                          ive seen photos of the current construction and Ive read that it will not be ready until the start of the 21/22 season - it look more than 50% finished how can it not be ready in time for next season ??

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                          • #58
                            Apparently the underground works has caused a delay.

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