Turkey: Trabzonspor stadium in danger of collapsing?

source: StadiumDB.com; author: Robert Saganowski

Turkey: Trabzonspor stadium in danger of collapsing? Trabzon has been experiencing bittersweet moments recently. Although the local team is the leader of the Turkish Super Lig, according to the latest data, its venue is located on a site that is in danger of collapsing.


Medical Park Stadyumu is a brand new 40,000-seat facility opened at the turn of 2016 and 2017, and one of the largest venues in the entire league. By far the most spectacular stadium component is the roof. The facades and canopy form a lightweight, self-supporting steel frame, the only one of its kind in the world.

Medical Park Stadyumu© Altay Firat

So far, there has been no talk of partnering with other entities in the context of the stadium located in the Asian part of Turkey. Why would online casinos for players in Asia not support the current leader of the Turkish Super Lig? Trabzonspor is leading by 13 points and may soon secure its first championship in 38 years, which would be perhaps the biggest success in the club's history given the circumstances.

There are only 7 games left in the season, and not only does the team from the historic capital of Pontus have a considerable lead over second-placed Konyaspor, but their most dangerous rivals (at least in theory) - Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray - may not even play in the European cups next season.

Medical Park Stadyumu© TOKI

At the beginning of November 2021, a report was published which stated that the area, on which the facility is located, has collapsed in places and lifted in other parts. Geologist Osman Bektaş stated that he detected cracks, fractures and detachments in the stadium, and the deformation of the venue has been going on since the stadium was commissioned in 2016.

Scientific work on the site began on December 20, 2016, exactly two days after the opening ceremony of the stadium on December 18, 2016 by President Erdoğan and Qatar's Emir Al Sani. According to data received from a European Space Agency satellite, the area where the venue is located is undergoing intense collapse and ascent. Some areas are sinking 9.7 millimeters per year, while others are rising up to 3.9 millimeters.

Medical Park Stadyumu© Akyazı Spor ve Kültür Kompleksi

During the study it was found out that the stadium has been collapsing to the greatest extent in its western part. It can also be said that the object as a whole has undergone rotational deformation in the clockwise direction.

Fans have complained for a long time about visible changes to their stadium. When people enter the venue, cracks appear on the walls and floors. The contractor of the investment tried to cover these cracks with plaster, but eventually the truth has come out.

Medical Park Stadyumu© T.C. Trabzon Valiliği

Recently, another big construction project has started in Trabzon. One of the largest hospitals in Turkey will be built on the same area where the Turkish Super Lig leader's facility was located a few years ago. The cost of the 900-bed Trabzon City Hospital has been announced at TRY 1.1 billion. 

According to geological and construction information along with satellite measurements, the future of the City Hospital coincides with the fate of the sports facility as the hospital and the stadium would hardly survive the earthquake.