Greece is already preparing for another large sporting event. The Olympic stadium in Athens is primed to host the 2004 Olympic games and would be the venue for the Greece/Turkey EURO2008 final. To balance things out Turkey's equally terrific Atatόrk Olympic stadium will host the tournament's opening game. The remaining games of the tournament will be shared by five further cities, and Fenerbahηe SK's Sόkrό Saraηoglu stadium, a second Istanbul stadium alongside the Atatόrk Olympic, will be renovated for the occasion. The city of Antalya is planning to build the €50m Antalya stadium, while up the coast in Izmir, €25m worth of work will be done to revitalise the Atatόrk stadium. In Greece, the Pankrition stadium in Iraklion on the island of Crete, the Pampeloponissiako in Patras and Thessalonika's Kaftanzoglio stadium are already being refitted to host the Olympic football tournament.
If Turkey and Greece can co-operate despite spending years in conflict is must be a sign of hope for Europe and the world that reconciliation can pay dividends. Turkey coach Senol Gόnes summed up the ideal, saying: "Hosting this big tournament will give the opportunity to both nations to improve friendship, to increase the enthusiasm in football, make a big contribution to the economy and mostly to step into a warless world where their friendship will be a model for all to eliminate the rising atmosphere of war and violence in recent years."
The official line was touted by Turgay Varda, media representative for the Hellas-Tόrkiye 2008 bid: "It would be a big step for the progress of football, politics and tourism for both countries. We believe our bid is the best. We have fine stadiums in Greece and Turkey, they are safe countries, we have plenty of accommodation on the Aegean coasts and the people in both countries love football."