GSP Stadium

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Last Updated: August 5, 2015

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GSP Stadium Cyprus

Stadium Overview

Teams: APOEL & Omonia & Cyprus

Address: Pangyprion Avenue, Nicosia, Nicosia

Capacity: 22,859

Opened: 1999

Further Reading

Cyprus FA

GSP Stadium

GSP Stadium or The Pancyprian Gymnastic Association Stadium is the home ground of three Cypriot based teams: APOEL, Omonia and the mens national team. With a capacity of 22,859 it is the largest sports ground in Cyprus, and the only one which satisfies UEFA’s 3* stadium criteria.

Stadium Guide

History

GSP stadium was inaugurated on 6th October 1999 with a friendly between resident sides APOEL and Omonia. Set to share the stadium, perhaps it was only fitting that the game resulted in a draw, and with three goals a piece it was certainly an entertaining one at that.

As the only stadium in Cyprus which satisfies UEFA’s stadium requirements it is the de facto venue for European matches on the Island. Of the two clubs, APOEL have been much more successful in UEFA competitions having progressed to the group stages of the Champions League on three occasions.

APOELs most successful run to date came during the 2011/2012 season when they topped their a group containing Zenit St. Petersburg, Shakhtat Donetsk and FC Porto before being eliminated by Real Madrid in the quarter finals. AC Omonia by contrast have yet to even reach the group stages of the Europa League.

Since opening the GSP stadium continues to be the home of the Cypriot National Team, and has been used to host the qualification matches of every tournament with the exception of the 2010 World Cup. Due to a sponsorship name Cyprus reluctantly moved to Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium for the campaign.

Cyprus’s national stadium has occasionally been used as a neutral venue by other clubs. In 2002 it hosted Israeli teams,in Europe and during the 2013/2014 season it hosted the second leg of Dynamo Kyiv and Valencia in the Europa League after riots in the Ukrainian capital.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Cyprus’ GSP Stadium:

Seating plan for GSP Stadium

Stands

GSP Stadium is comprised of four stands: North, East, South and West which is the main stand which has multiple tiers of seating.

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand.

The Matchday Experience

Away Fans

For international matches it appears as if away fans are housed within the south stand which sits behind the goals. The standard allocation of tickets appears to be around 2,000 which means that around half of the 4,953 capacity stand is occupied by visiting supporters.

APOEL flags inside GSP Stadium

APOEL’s traditionally colours are blue and yellow which are said to represent Greece and Byzantium respectively. Orange however is the most popular colour amongst the Ultra Supporters groups.

Best Pubs

Sadly the ground isn’t really located within the entertainment district which means there’s a lack of independently run bars and cafes in the area immediately surrounding GSP Stadium.

Stadium Tour

It doesn’t appear as if either of the resident clubs or the FA of Cyprus currently offer stadium tours of GSP. If this changes in the future we’ll be sure to update this section.

Ticket Prices

Tickets for Intentional matches should be purchased via your football association. Tickets for both APOEL and Omonia can be purchased from online or in person at GSP stadium on matchdays providing the match hasn’t sold out by then.

Matchday Travel

GSP Stadium sits 6.6 km south of Nicosia city centre just past the Athalassa National Forest Park and the municipality of Strovolos.

Exterior of GSP Stadium Media

Champions League matches naturally attract interest from the media around the world and thus mobile reporting stations are often set up outside GSP stadium for the big matches.

Train

There is no rail transport system in Cyprus which means that you will either have to catch a bus, hail a taxi or rent a car. The good news for British Football Trippers is that the Island also drives on the left hand side which makes things easier.

Driving

The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:

  • Pangyprion Avenue, 1501, 21099 Nicosia, Cyprus

Car Parks

The Sports complex contains a car park which has enough space for 2,850 vehicles.

GSP Stadium Box Office

One of the main areas to purchase APOEL FC Tickets from as shown a few hours before kick-off.

Airports and Flying

Larnaca International Airport, the main airport of Cyprus, is located Airport just under 45km from GSP stadium. Around 50km from the capital city, you can catch a shuttle bus straight to Nicosia which coincidentally goes past the stadium.

Hotels

Within the GSP sports complex there is the Allegra Sports Hotel which is unbeatable in terms of proximity to the stadium. As the whole Island of Cyprus isn’t that large you can almost have your pick of accommodation options from city apartments in Nicosia to villas in the tourist haven of Ayia Napa.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 5, 2015

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