Soc­cer sta­dium gets green light

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The Cen­tral Coun­cil for Ar­chi­tec­ture (KESA), which op­er­ates un­der the aus­pices of the En­vi­ron­ment Min­istry, has given the green light for the con­struc­tion of AEK’s new soc­cer sta­dium to go ahead in the north­ern Athens sub­urb of Nea Philadel­phia as long as some changes are made to the de­sign.

Kathimerini un­der­stands that the de­ci­sion was taken a few days ago af­ter the coun­cil held three ses­sions to dis­cuss the mat­ter. KESA de­cided that the height of the sta­dium has to be re­duced by two me­ters and some of the Byzan­tine-style el­e­ments of the de­sign re­moved so that it can blend in bet­ter in the area, a neigh­bor­hood set­tled by Greek refugees from Asia Mi­nor in the 1920s.

Some lo­cals had ob­jected to the con­struc­tion of the sta­dium, which bor­ders a large park. The Nea Philadel­phia-Halki­dona Mu­nic­i­pal­ity also op­posed it but is ex­pected to ap­prove the con­struc­tion fol­low­ing KESA’s de­ci­sion.

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