The Panathenaic Stadium opens its gates to the public
The historic stadium that embellishes the centre of Athens, Greece and where the modern Olympic Games where held in 1896 is now open to the public throughout the year.
The Panathenaic Stadium is considered as one of the most significant monuments, not only in Athens but also in all of Greece. Its brilliant and rich history is closely interrelated with the modern Olympic Games from their revival in 1896 up to the successful 2004 Athens Olympics. Taking into consideration this long-standing connection, the Hellenic Olympic Committee, being the guardian of Olympism within Greece, has decided to make the Panathenaic Stadium an accessible site and therefore to establish it as one of the major sights for tourists in Athens, Greece.
To beter inform visitors, the Hellenic Olympic Committee has published a tri-fold brochure, available in three languages (Greek, English and French) available free of charge to all visitors.
The Panathenaic Stadium will remain open on a daily basis throughout the year from 08:00 to 19:00 for the period March to October and from 08:00 to 17:00 from November to February.
• Adults - €3
• Students - €1.50
• Primary & Secondary Schools - free admission
Upon entering the Panathenaic Stadium, visitors will receive a brochure and special equipment for audio self-guided tours, available in nine languages (Greek, English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and Japanese) lasting approximately 15 minutes.
The audio self-guided tour provides visitors with an overview of the rich history of the Stadium, its architecture and location, details on its construction, but also on its restoration as well as its contribution to the history and the civilisation of Greece.
Special reference is made to the staging of Olympic Games: the Panathenaic Stadium hosted the very first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and the sport of archery and the finish of the marathon race during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.