LG to deliver stadium tech for AEK’s new home

Greek Super League football club AEK Athens has agreed a partnership with South Korean electronics company LG to enhance the technology offering of its new stadium.

With construction work having started back in July 2017, the OPAP Arena is currently scheduled to be ready to host AEK games at some point during the 2021-22 season.

LG Electronics has signed a three-year deal to become the official technology provider of the new stadium. LG will supply digital signage throughout the venue, while it will also install two LED scoreboards which will cover a total area of 180 square metres.

Through its role as technology provider, LG will also be granted sponsorship rights within the stadium, when it is completed.

General manager of LG Electronics’ Greek division, Aris Koutelos, said: “It is a great pleasure for us to actively participate in such a large project that will host important sports games of AEK and will allow fans to watch their favourite team up close.

“For LG, sport is a key pillar of its Corporate Social Responsibility and our goal is through our innovative solutions and products, to contribute to its strengthening and promotion.”

Plans for a new stadium were first outlined in July 2013, with the project being granted local government approval four years later. The project has encountered multiple challenges and ultimately aims to deliver a 31,800-capacity venue for AEK.

The stadium is being built on the site of Nikos Goumas Stadium, which served as AEK’s home from 1928 to 1985, and 1987 to 2003, before being demolished. AEK currently plays at the 69,168-capacity Olympic Stadium, which it shares with Super League rival Panathinaikos.

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