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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 July, 2004, 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK
Markopoulo Centre
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Markopoulo Equestrian/Shooting Centre
Events: Equestrian, shooting
Athletes: 590
Spectators: 29,150
Schedule: 15-18, 20-25, 28 Aug (Equestrian), 14-22 Aug (Shooting)
Paralympic events:
Equestrian (21-24, 26 Sept)
Shooting (18-23 Sept)
The Markopoulo equestrian and shooting centre is situated in the Attica region, 28km south of Athens centre.

Previously an area covered with olive groves and pastureland, it has been converted into a big sporting complex.

The Shooting Centre consists of four main buildings, each seating 2,000 spectators.

The Equestrian Centre opened in August 2003 and received rave reviews from the riders who took part in the opening test event.

The complex covers 940,000 square metres and includes stables for 300 horses.

There are 7,800 seats for the jumping event, 6,000 for dressage and 13,100 for cross-country.

The venue will also host the equestrian and shooting competitions in the Paralympics.





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