Roof of main Olympic stadium completed

Athens, The roof of the main Olympic stadium, a symbol of Greek pride amid preparation delays, was finally completed here on Friday with just over two months to go till the opening ceremony.

The successful 60-metre slide of the second half of the arched roof, which began on Thursday afternoon 10 days later than expected, delighted Leonidas Kikiras, the Greek representative of stadium architect Santiago Calatrava. “We have finished.The roof has slided into place and all we need to do now is adjust the two arches,” Kikiras said. “There is only about five centimetres between them and now all we need to do is fix that.”

The first half of the roof was completed on May 13 after a 71m slide which lasted four days.

The International Olympic Committee had been particularly concerned over delays to the stadium and in particular its 300m long, 9,000 tonne glass and metal roof, which is regarded in Greece as a source of national pride.

Greece has in general struggled to complete the work required for the August 13 to 29 Games

600450 Roof of main Olympic stadium completed
Date: 7 June 2004

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