The Olympic Athletic Center of Athens, also known as OAKA, is one of the most complete European athletic complexes and is located at a short distance from Athens Habitat. Athens Habitat combines all hotel amenities and services with the comfort and autonomy an apartment offers. The Main Olympic Stadium was designed in 1979 and inaugurated in 1982 at the 13th European Athletics Championship.
The following years a number of other sport facilities surrounded the Main Olympic Stadium: the Olympic Velodrome (inaugurated in 1991), the Olympic Aquatics Center (1991), the Olympic Indoor Sports Center (1995), the Olympic Tennis Center (2004), as well as other supplementary sport facilities.
The Olympic Athletic Center of Athens hosted the Mediterranean Games in 1991, the World Championship in Athletics in 1997 as well as other important athletic and cultural events, the most significant of which remains the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. The sport facilities include: Main Olympic Stadium, Olympic Indoor Sports Center, Olympic Aquatic Center, Olympic Tennis Center, Olympic Velodrome as well as Supplementary Sport Facilities.
The Main Olympic Stadium is a modern facility, which provides athletes with all the latest amenities. It also includes areas for all the staff that is necessary for organizing major athletic and cultural events. The construction of the Stadium was complete in 1982. The famous roof, designed by the world-known architect Santiago Calatrava, was added for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. The Olympic Aquatic Center was completed in 1991 and became a part of the facilities of the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens ‘Spiros Louis’. Two modern aquatic complexes, one outdoor and one indoor, were constructed in an area of 70 acres. Several major events have been hosted in the Olympic Aquatic Center, such as the Mediterranean and European Swimming Games of 1991. The Olympic Indoor Sports Center, one of the most modern basketball courts in Europe, was inaugurated in June 1995. It hosts sporting events, concerts, conferences and other functions such as Moto Cross competitions (February 2005).
A lot of events have been organized at OAKA. For instance, sporting events, many exhibitions, conferences as well as the concerts of Madonna, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses and Lady Gaga.
The visitor can benefit from a visit at ΟΑΚΑ as the outdoor pool for swimming and the Tennis Center are available to the public. Additionally the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens ‘Spiros Louis’ is open for site tours by organized groups (of over 15 visitors).