Mytilene Municipal Stadium is a multi-purpose sporting arena located in and owned by the Municipality of Lesbos. Known by some fans as Tarlas which means “tract” or “field”, the 4,000 capacity ground first opened in 1960 and is predominantly used for the football matches of local team Kalloni F.C.
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First opened in the 1960s, Mytilene Stadium is very much designed in the classic municipal mould with the objective of being as cost-effective to the tax-payer as possible. Subsequently multi-purpose by design, the ground has retained an athletics track around the perimeter of its pitch throughout its history.
Used to host the home matches of local side Aiolikos F.C since the club formed on 17th August 1975, Mytilene Municipal Stadium has also been home to AEL Kalloni F.C since 2011 when they promoted to the Football League.
Consisting of a single grandstand on the western side of the pitch which is divided into five sections, the municipal stadium is currently only capable of seating 4,000 supporters although it clearly has the potential for much greater expansion.
Renovated in anticipation of the 2004 Olympic Games which were held in Athens, Mytiline was only converted to all-seater three years previously in 2001. The most recent refurbishments to be carried out occurred in 2014 at a cost of €1.5 million after Kaloni F.C gained promotion to the Greek Superleague for the first time in their history.
Below is a seating plan of Kalloni's Mytilene Municipal Stadium:
The Matchday Experience
Away fans appear to be housed within the southernmost section of the main stand. You can just about make out where it is as it is divided from the rest of the stand by the players tunnel.
Whilst there isn’t a permanent fan shop at the municipally owned stadium you can purchase official merchandise from the Kalloni Online Store.
No tours are available of Mytilene Municipal Stadium and it’s very unlikely that this will ever change.
Tickets to see both AEL Kalloni F.C and Aiolikos F.C play at their shared home can be purchased before on matchdays before kick-off when the ticket booths open for business. Online ticket sales haven’t really caught on in large parts of Greece just yet!
Mytilene Municipal Stadium is located within the Island of Lesbos approximately 1.2 km south of Mitilini’s historical centre. This means that most Football Trippers can walk to the ground in no more than 15 minutes.
The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:
- Ethniko Stadio Mitilinis Mitilíni 811 00
There isn’t an on-site car park at the ground which means you will either have to contend with street parking in the densely packed residential area or leave the car 10 minutes away down town.
There isn’t a train station in Mitilini or any real railway infrastructure across the island of Lesbos.
Airports and Flying
Mytilene International Airport is located 8km away from the ancient city and can be reached by following the path of the coast southwards. Certainly not the largest airport in the world, there is a surprising number of seasonal airlines who fly out of here in the Summer months.
The two closest hotels to the municipal stadium are Hotel Anatolia and Olympias Boutique Hotel which are both located in either direction on Efstratiou Vostani. There are of course many more options back towards the ferry port including Lesvion Hotel, Theofilos Paradise Boutique Hotel and Blue Sea Hotel.