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Travel Advice - Panathinaikos
TRAVEL ADVICE - PANATHINAIKOS
Posted 01 October 2012 2:43pm
Advice for fans travelling to Athens, Greece for our Europa League Group J match against Panathinaikos on Thursday.
Athens, as a city, needs little introduction and the historic sites and places will be known to everyone.
Away from these areas, the City Centre is a busy place and one of the main shopping areas is Plaka - here you will find shops, a flea market and the entrance to the walkway to the Acropolis – you will need to allow about two hours if you wish to walk to the top.
There are numerous bars and restaurants in this area together with a small Cathedral, which is currently undergoing renovation. Please respect the local culture if visiting any of the religious places, shorts are not allowed and ladies should cover their arms. For those wishing to see the city, there are numerous ‘hop on/hop off’ buses which have multi-lingual commentary.
Whilst Athens is one of the least dangerous cities in Europe, you should keep a close eye on your personal belongings and be aware of pickpockets, particularly in busy areas and on the Metro.
We are aware that our fans are travelling independently to this fixture and the Metro is clearly signposted on the DEPARTURES level at the Airport.
You should take the Blue line to get into central Athens - trains will run every 30 minutes. The Metro operates a no-barrier system but please ensure that your tickets are validated before you travel.
Bus X95 can be taken from the ARRIVALS level between exits 4 and 5 and will take you to central Athens.
Tickets can be purchased in advance from a small kiosk next to the Bus Stops at the Airport. You must validate your ticket at the start of your journey using the machine on the bus.
On Matchday, there are a number of transport facilities to take you to the Stadium.
Athens operates an excellent Metro system and the stop for the Stadium is called IRINI – Green Metro Line 1, the journey takes approximately 40 minutes.
The Bus stop for the OAKA (Olympic) Stadium is on Kifisias Avenue, number 37 opposite a large Shopping Mall called the Golden Hall - there is an underpass to the Stadium.
OAKA (OLYMPIC) STADIUM
On arrival at the Stadium, fans should make their way to the front entrance and turn left towards the visitors section, Blocks 20 – 22. The Stadium will open three hours before kick-off and fans are encouraged to arrive early as entry is by a bar coded ticket only and scanning could take some time.
A search by local Police will be made prior to entering the Stadium and there will be Spurs Stewards to assist if required. Once on the open concourse, which is dedicated to Spurs fans only, there are a number of catering outlets and Portaloos. Please retain your tickets for the duration of the time you will be at the Stadium as you will need to show them each time you wish to leave the seated area to use the facilities on the concourse.
The seated area offers a good view of the pitch, although there will be netting in front of the visitors' section.
As always, flags and banners with appropriate wording will be welcome at the Stadium and these will be checked prior to entry by Police. It is common policy and normal ground rules at football stadia in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, that flags of an overtly religious/sectarian/political nature will not be permitted and may be confiscated – please respect his request.
The usual prohibited items will not be allowed and it was agreed that lighters and coins would not be removed from the fans as has happened at other Stadiums previously.
Please note that fans could undergo a series of security checks prior to entry and we would ask that you be patient whilst this happens. Drunken or rowdy behaviour will not be tolerated by the local Police and we ask that you respect this.
Where possible, DO NOT use the railway to reach the Stadium less than one hour before kick off. The roads around the Stadium are closed at this time and the railway exit leads to the area used by home fans only, which should be avoided.
Panathinaikos fans are generally well behaved and look forward to exchanging scarves and badges, but we can expect to see flares, fireworks etc before or during the match.
As per normal proceedings, it is expected that Spurs fans will be held back for up to 30 minutes, but you will be allowed to access the welfare facilities on the concourse during this time. Where possible, this time will be reduced, but only if the roads outside are clear.
It was agreed during the planning meeting that local buses would be available to take you back to the City Centre, however, this will be dependent on the numbers travelling - please check with the Spurs Stewards if this facility will still be available.
- Watch out for pickpockets in busy tourist areas and on public transport
- Keep a photocopy of your Passport with you
- Only carry what you need, leave spare cash and valuables in Hotel Safety Deposit Boxes
- Ensure you have the correct Travel Insurance before travelling
General European Emergency Number 112
Dialling 999 from a UK mobile will automatically connect you to the Greek Emergency Services
Visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for more travel advice/details.