İzmir Atatürk Stadyumu
İzmir Atatürk Stadyumu – stadium description
When opened in 1971, it was the most modern and largest stadium in Turkey, falling after openings of Istanbul's newest stadia. Still, with its 8-lane track it remains second largest as an athletic venue.
Massive concrete stands used to hold large crowds during many events, to name just the 2005 Universiade. In its early years it was also frequent home of Turkish national side, who later started playing at other major and more modern locations, returning to Izmir rarely.
Record crowds were those during local ties, however, most importantly the derby between Göztepe and Karsiyaka, who are the most regular tenants here. Also choosing to host some fixtures here are Altay SK and Izmirspor.
Turkey: Izmir Atatürk closed after earthquake
Contrary to initial claims, therecent earthquake in Izmir may have caused damages to the city'slargest stadium. Karşıyaka and numerous athletes are homeless fornow.
Turkey: Standing legalised across all leagues
After years of the all-seater rule, Turkey has moved towards a more open approach. Following legal changes from 2019 and early 2020 stadia can now function also without individual seats in some areas.
Izmir: One city, four new stadiums
For a limited period of 2017 Izmir will be possibly the only city worldwide to have four professional stadiums under construction. Come with us, let's meet these projects!
Turkey: Fans not letting go, stadiums still empty
TV cameras aren’t showing the stands too much anymore, because there’s nothing to show. Stadiums are half-empty at best, while supporters took their case to the Supreme Court.
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.
Turkey: Court suspends controversial fan cards
Italian or Polish football fans never heard this kind of good news, but in Turkey things seem more positive. The 16th Court of Ankara ruled to suspend Passolig, the system forcing each supporter to provide sensitive data to get inside any stadium within two top leagues.
Turkey: Supporters protest new fan cards
Just like the Italian “Tessera del Tifoso”, new Turkish Passolig card causes huge controversies. Fans across the country boycott games and take into the streets.