Toumba StadiumEdit profile
Toumba Stadium (Greek: Στάδιο Τούμπας) is a football stadium in Thessaloniki, Greece, owned by the multisports club A.S. PAOK. It was built in 1959 as the club's prime sporting venue and served the home ground for the club's football team, which was participating in the then national football league. The stadium is located in the district of Toumba in eastern Thessaloniki. Its original capacity was about 45,000, until the installation of seating on all stands in 1998 reduced the capacity to 32,000 (seated).
The introduction of security zones in 2000 further reduced the capacity to the current 28,701 seats. A record attendance of 45.252 has been recorded in a 1st division football match between PAOK and AEK on December 19, 1976. The stadiums official name is simply "PAOK Stadium", however it is commonly referred to as "Toumba Stadium" after the name of the district (Toumba district) in which it is located in.
Toumba Stadium has hosted several games of the Greece national football team. The stadium was selected as one of the training venues for the football tournaments of the 2004 Olympic Games and due to this it was heavily upgraded. The relevant works commenced in 2003 and the stadium was again ready to be used in the summer of 2004, boasting a brand new look. The most important modification was the construction of a new four-storey building behind the main west stand (gates 1,2 and 3).
The new building of the stadium houses a number of VIP boxes and VIP lounges, service areas for TV and the Press and new club offices. A new roof was also installed over the west stand, while other works included new seats, upgrading of the dressing rooms, a new pitch and re-enforcement of the concrete pillars below the north curved stand (gates 4 and 4a).