Vodafone Arena (BJK Inönü Stadi)
|Capacity before works||32 086|
|Construction||06/2013 - 03/2016|
|Design||Bünyamin Derman, DB Architects|
|Address||Besiktas Inönü Stadi, Besiktas – Istanbul|
Description: Vodafone Arena
Symbolic beginning of the old stadium’s demolition was marked on June 2 2013, when chairman Fikret Orman crunched the first chunk of concrete from the north end’s third tier. Within a year almost all of the new stadium’s structure should be in place, while opening is planned for October 2014.
The concept envisages new stands being built within the bowl of historical Inönü. Historical southern façade and western main entrance gate are to be preserved. Inside a colonnade is to encircle new stands, giving support to cable roof with membrane cover.
Seating layout is to include two tiers with corporate seats (144 skyboxes) alongside the pitch. Upper tier is expected to be wavy, lower to the east and taller to the west. This layout will provide a view of the Bosporus for some spectators. Under the new structure a 600-car parking for VIPs is planned.
Due to architectural and traffic restrictions capacity of the new stadium cannot vary significantly from current one, thus only 40,000 seats are expected.
New stadium: Vodafone Arena opened in style
The entire neighborhood of Beşiktaş was covered with smoke of flares, while packed stadium celebrated an exciting win over archrivals from Bursa. Quite a night in Istanbul!
Istanbul: Grand finale at Beşiktaş new home
Yesterday the last piece of PTFE membrane was mounted. Today first pieces of the field were laid. And in three weeks the first game is to be played in one of Turkey’s fiercest rivalries.
Istanbul: Worker dies at Vodafone Arena
One worker died on Jan. 20 at the construction site of the Vodafone Arena, the under-construction new stadium of Istanbul football club Beşiktaş, after he fell from a height of 20 meters.
Istanbul: Seat installation launched at Vodafone Arena
Some black seats, some white ones and the stadium’s sponsor name created with part of them. This is what’s already created of a large 42,000-seat mosaic at Vodafone Arena.
Istanbul: Roof rests proudly above Vodafone Arena
In two weeks the inner “crown” of new Beşiktaş stadium was raised to its final position. We also have an unofficial date for stadium opening!
Istanbul: Big lift at Beşiktaş launched
Vodafone Arena roof’s inner ring is going up by 3m (10 feet) every day. Within a week it should reach its final position, before being connected with 84 outer columns.
Azerbaijan: Another stadium of Beşiktaş… on the Caspian Sea?!
It may sound incredible, because it is. But still, investor of the megaproject Khazar Islands wants to build a stadium on one of them. And it’s supposed to be a copy of the one currently u/c in Istanbul.
Istanbul: Beşiktaş to join richest clubs with Vodafone Arena?
The Istanbul Eagles hope to reach $50-60 million from skybox sales alone. Adding that to new sponsorship deals, Beşiktaş hope to reduce the economic gap very soon, joining the world’s richest clubs.
Istanbul: Beşiktaş announces Vodafone Arena
For at least 10 years the new stadium of BJK will bear the name Vodafone Arena. Mobile giant is to pay $11.6 million per year, also acquiring place on the players shirts.
Istanbul: Controversial move by Beşiktaş, fans outraged
While their stadium is being demolished, BJK need a temporary home. The club chose to rest at neighbouring Kasımpaşa for the upcoming season. This raised criticism among fans, because the clubs are extremely antagonized recently.
Istanbul: Vodafone to acquire Beşiktaş naming rights and shirt sponsorship
The Black-and-whites signed a preliminary agreement with Vodafone Türkiye, who are willing to buy both the name of the future stadium and prime spot on the shirts of BJK players. Milliyet.com.tr report.
New construction: First step for Beşiktaş demolition
With protests ongoing nearby, chairman of Beşiktaş still decided to go ahead with yesterday’s ceremony, during which he crushed the very first piece of concrete at Inönü Stadi’s north end. Opening of the new stadium is expected already next year.