The Pancyprian Gymnastic Association Stadium (GSP Stadium)
() is a football stadium
. Although small by international standards, it is the largest stadium in Cyprus, with a capacity of 22,859 and was built in 1999. It serves as the home stadium for the Nicosia Clubs of APOEL
, Olympiakos Nicosia
. The Cyprus national football team
has also played home games there in the past. It was also the name of the old GSP Stadium
which was at the centre of Nicosia with capacity of 12,000. People are encouraged to pronounce GSP as "Gha See Pee" rather than the English "Gee Es Pee".
The new GSP Stadium opened for use on 6 October 1999. The complex has three arenas: a football stadium, an athletics stadium and an auxiliary football pitch intended for training. The stadium is owned by the Pancyprian Gymnastic Association. With an official seating capacity of 22,859 the new GSP is the largest football venue in Cyprus. It is located at the entrance to Nicosia (as approached from the A1 highway
) and was inaugurated in 1999 by the then President
, Glafcos Clerides
and Archbishop Chrysostomos I
. The first game held on 6 October 1999 and there was a friendly match between APOEL
, which ended 3-3.
Since then, the stadium is not only the home of Nicosian teams but usually of Cyprus national football team. During the World Cup 2006 qualifying round
it was used as home for all matches of Cyprus. The stadium is the only one in Cyprus which... Read More