FOR the neutral fan, the high point of the weekend should be AEK’s inaugural game against Aris at their new ground.
A UEFA category 3 stadium, the AEK Arena was built in just 18 months. It has a current capacity of 7,400 with immediate plans to extend it to over 8,000 and go up a notch in UEFA’s category ranking with improved press and VIP boxes and changing rooms.
The final cost of the stadium is expected to reach €10m, with 80 per cent of the funds coming from private investors and the rest from the state .
Credit must go to club president Andros Karapatakis, who has managed in the three years since taking charge to build a team that competes every year for the championship, and yet remain financially sound and robust.
AEK have made a perfect start to the season and lead the table by two points from second-placed Apoel.