The Olympic Stadium roof of the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens (OAKA), designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava for the 2004 Olympic Games, has gone neglected and needs at least 130 million euros ($172.6 million) of urgent work.
That was the report in the newspaper To Vima which said the impressive structure, part of which is now covered with graffiti and overrun with weeds, has not been maintained since it opened almost nine years ago and apart from some athletic contests, is abandoned, and the roof is creaking already because it hasn’t been taken care of.
The government, which spent as much as 15 billion euros to host the games, said it doesn’t have maintenance money for the symbol of the event. “Because the necessary funding wasn’t secured and the studies weren’t approved, our service didn’t proceeded to the competitions for its maintenance,” the Ministry of Culture said in a statement.
Deputy Minister of Culture Yiannis Andrianos said that, “The roof of the Olympic Stadium is a metal construction which requires continuous maintenance and control during its life, as all the metal constructions of such a magnitude do. We will make every possible effort to secure the relevant funding and to proceed to the relevant contracts with contractors who will be chosen through the relevant competitions, in order to maintain the safety and the functionality of the roof and of all the metal constructions of the OAKA,” he said.