“The Olympic Stadium will host 75,000 spectators, who will attend the exciting athletics events, as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Following an ATHENS 2004 and Ministry of Culture initiative, the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has designed the upgrade of OAKA (Athens Olympic Sports Complex)
using innovative and creative ways, including the new roof structure for Olympic Stadium.”
Construction progress as of November
“According to Calatrava’s design, the existing Olympic stadium will be given a new partial roof to be constructed in a truss system. This impressive steel and laminated glass structure will be held together by edge arches and a central arch, and connected by transversal girders.”
Impressive, but will this be able to hide the fact that it was built 21 years ago for the European championships?
Looks like Olympic venues will take a step backwards in Athens. Can’t see them being better than Sydney’s venues. But that’s only my opinion!