Greek authorities were combing the Olympic Stadium OAKA in Athens on Thursday after UEFA expressed concern following reports of the stadium swaying during a recent Champions League match.
Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports Giorgos Vasiliadis ordered the investigation after UEFA informed stadium officials of a video circulated on social media last week which showed the upper deck of the venue moving around during Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win over AEK Athens last month.
The video was uploaded on Facebook by a Bayern fan attending the game.
“We do not think there is cause for concern, but that will not prevent us from taking every initiative to fully protect the spectators,” Vasiliadis told reporters.
“I recommend calmness as all the necessary moves will be made. We will wait for the technical findings and will determine what to do next. There is no particular cause for concern at this stage.”
The deputy minister said the 70,000-seat stadium, build in 1982, “has the best technical specifications” and was refurbished in 2004 for the Athens Olympic Games.
“Every seven years it passes through a special committee examination. The phenomenon of oscillation is frequent in the stadium as with any stadium with upper decks. But we will do what it takes to be 100 percent sure that the facility is absolutely safe,” Vasiliadis said.
First investigation did not show any corrosion, however, measurements are to be conducted in order to check whether the swaying is within limits.
Whoever has gone to the upper deck of OAKA during big games remembers oscillation for static reasons.
OAKA Stadium is not the only one with an incredible swaying when fans get excited.
Swaying in Eintracht Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany, in May 2016.