Beşiktaş JK Inönü Stadi – until 2013
|235 (VIP seats)|
|190 (Press seats)|
|Last renovation year||2004|
|Other names||Mithatpaşa Stadyumu (1952-1973)|
|Inauguration||27.11.1947 (Besiktas - AIK Solna, 3-2)|
|Construction||19.05.1943 - 1947|
|Design||Şinasi Şahingiray, Vietti Violi, Fazıl Aysu|
|Address||Besiktas Inönü Stadi, Besiktas – Istanbul|
Description: BJK Inönü Stadi
First plan of locating the very first Beşiktaş stadium next to the Dolmabahce palace was drawn in 1939, but construction was halted before actually starting, due to WWII outbreak. Groundbreaking finally took place in 1943 and allowed for the new ground to be delivered in 1947.
Its name from the start honoured İsmeta İnönü, successor of Atatürk as president of Turkey. For political reasons the name was changed in 1952 to Mithatpaşa and İnönü was reinstated in 1973.
Most significant elements of the stadium are the south stand's front with two towers and main club offices entrance to the west.
Initially it had 16,000 capacity on stands along a running track, but was soon expanded to cope with larger crowds, up to 40,000. With all-seater regulations the size halved in 1990s and required expansion. Thus, in 2003-04 the pitch was sunken more into the ground and new sections for fans replaced the old running track.
Since the last revamp numerous attempts to rebuild the stadium were made, but numerous constraints of the plot made it extremely hard to push forward. Success wasn't reached until 2013, where a vision respectful to the surroundings was given green light.
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: 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: 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.
Turkey: Empty stadiums, fans in court
Beşiktaş drew only about 2,000 people to the country’s largest stadium. Galatasaray witnessed a 9,000 turnout. Numbers sound worse in smaller clubs. Meanwhile fans challenge the new fan ID cards in court.
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.
Turkey: Political protests inside stadiums banned
With Turkish supporters loudly reminding prime minister Erdogan of civil liberties, the government prepared a set of measures to stifle them. All under the slogan of counter-terrorism.
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.
Istanbul: Last game at the temple of Beşiktaş
After Ali Sami Yen, now it's another of the cult grounds of Istanbul passing to history. Fans of Beşiktaş sold out the 33th round game and afterwards took whatever was possible as souvenirs. Now it's time for redevelopment to begin.
New design: BJK Inönü Stadi
They waited long years, saw many various concepts, but this time it seems to be coming true at last. In mid-2013 work is to begin at cult Inönü, where a completely new stadium is to be built. And though new, this one is to pay tribute to the place’s past.
Istanbul: Beşiktaş given green light to rebuild stadium
Although the club is in serious financial difficulties, it doesn't intend to wait any longer with its project. Not now, when they received approval they waited so long for. Ground breaking has already been announced for May 2013.
Istanbul: One stadium per day (1)
Trying to see all of them with such criteria would take long weeks, but we had only 3 days, so discovered barely three of the most well known clubs. Come with us for this virtual review, first part of our European Football Fans Congress 2012 coverage.
Turkey: Fans from all over Europe to unite in Istanbul
Possibly some 500 supporter representatives from 32 are meeting in Istanbul for the 5th European Football Fans’ Congress 2012, from 13-15 July 2012. Special moment for Turkish supporters as well as fans groups from Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Besiktas jointly initiated first national fans’ network meeting.