The Panathenaic stadium was built by Herodes Atticus after the demise of his father.
It is the only stadium in the world that has been entirely built by marble.
The Panathenaic Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium, situated in one of the historically beautiful cities of the world, Athens, Greece. The stadium is well known for its beauty and is one of the most ancient creations of humankind. It was primarily built for Panathenaic Games by an Athenian statesman Lykourgos in 330 BC. After that, around in 144 AD, an Athenian senator Herodes Atticus rebuilt the stadium in marble. Hellenic Olympic Committee now owns the stadium. It was excavated in 1869 and initially had the capacity of 50,000 seats. In the year 1896, the stadium was renovated by architect Anastasios Metaxas who gave it a modern day look and style. The stadium hosts sporting events of a different genre.
The Panathenia stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1896 Olympics and also hosted four sports events: Athletics, Gymnastics, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
In 2004 Olympics, which was held in Athens, the stadium hosted the Archery competition from 15th August to 21st August and was the finish point of Marathon for both men and women.
The stadium also hosted the 1906 Intercalated Games (Olympics Games) from 22nd April to 2nd May.
On 4th April 1968, the arena hosted the FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup final.
In 1997, it hosted the opening ceremony of the World Athletics Championship.