Giresun Çotanak Stadyumu

Capacity22 028
Country Turkey
CityGiresun
ClubsGiresunspor
CategoryDesign being implemented
CostTRY 153 mln
Construction11/11/2016 - 15/10/2020
Design Azaksu Mimarlik
Contractor Siyahkalem Mühendislik İnşaat

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Description: Giresun Çotanak Stadyumu

The idea of building a new stadium on Giresun's east end was born in 2013, as part of the nationwide programme of building new football venues. The city is famous for cherries and nuts, with hazelnut present both in Giresun's coat of arms and Giresunspor's crest. Thus, the stadium's name is also that of Giresunspor – Çotanak (husked hazelnut) Arena.

The name became subject to controversy more than once, interestingly. A year into construction, in 2017, a dictate by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered all stadia named 'arena' to change their name to stadı/stadyumu. Çotanak Stadyumu would do, however local community and authorities have requested for the stadium to have its name transferred from the city's old ground, the Atatürk stadium. Final name is to be established after opening.

While Giresun as a city has passed 100,000 inhabitants narrowly, the stadium's capacity was set at a generous 22,000+ level. Along with the football venue, an indoor swimming pool with 1,200 seats was planned, a training field with running track and room for up to 40 retail outlets hidden within a vast elevated concourse. All this, combined with significant parking, occupied over 113,000 m2.

The stadium's volume may be seen as impressive. It looks bigger than it actually is, especially with the auditorium spread across two vast tiers and with a spacious atrium behind the stands, protecting the public concourse from quite frequent rain. In total, the stadium is covered by 25,000 m2 of PVC and ETFE membranes.

Design work was commissioned from a renowned Turkish practice, Azaksu. Both the stadium and natatorium have elliptical form and natural colours, mimicking the hills surrounding them. The stadium also has tall arcades, ensuring proper ventilation of the concourse area.

The stands have two tiers along both sides but a single one on each end, topped by glazed floor spaces. A small strip of skyboxes was also created between the two levels, offering 49 boxes.

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