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AEK to inaugurate new stadium

The Larnaca side will host Aris in the first match at their new AEK Arena

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.

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