Drone footage from photographer and video maker Constantinos Vassiliades reveals the progress of the Limassol Arena stadium.
The Limassol Arena, currently in construction, will eventually become the home for Limassol’s three biggest football clubs, Apollon, AEL and Aris.
The stadium will replace Tsirio as the city’s main football stadium. The reason for this is that not only is Tsirio an athletics stadium, with the track around the pitch resulting in poor visibility for spectators, but it is also quite old and dilapidated.
Built in 1975, Tsirio has had a number of repairs, expansions and alterations over the years, but it is still unfit to host UEFA Champions League or Europa League games.
While the Limassol Arena’s construction is being handled by the Cyprus Sports Organisation (KOA), the stadium’s management will be handled by the three main Limassol clubs. The three clubs also own the property on which the stadium is being constructed.
The Limassol Arena will offer significantly better views to visiting fans since the distance between the stands and the pitch will only be ten (10) metres from the stands behind each goal and a mere seven and a half (7.5) metres from the two main stands.
The Limassol Arena will be able to host a total of 13,000 fans split across four stands, all of which will provide covered seating.
The stadium will qualify as a category four in UEFA’s stadium listings meaning that it will be able to host any Champions League or Europa League match, excluding from either competition’s final due to its relatively limited capacity.