AEK’s plans to build a new €65 million stadium are one step closer to receiving approval.

Greece’s Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change Yiannis Maniatis has given his backing to the plans after signing a project proposal intended for the Greek parliament.

The document needs four ministerial signatures before it can be submitted, with three other ministers already having promised to sign. 

The Athens-based club are hoping to build the Agia Sophia stadium in the Nea Filadelfeia area of the Greek capital.

The arena will have a capacity of between 32,000 and 34,000 seats and is hoped to be ready by 2015. 

AEK are the third largest club in Greece in terms of supporter numbers, but compete in the third tier of Greek football due to its continuing financial woes. 

They declared bankruptcy last year, but hope the new build will facilitate its attempts to return to the Superleague.

Posted on 31/03/2014