Mersin Arena

Capacity25 534
4,687 (914 in 52 skyboxes) (Business seats)
180 (Tribune of honour)
Country Turkey
CityMersin
ClubsMersin İdman Yurdu SK
Inauguration 20/06/2013
Construction 01/02/2012 - 05/2013
Cost € 100 million
Contractor Uzunlar İnşaat

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Description: Mersin Arena

Construction of a new stadium in Mersin on Turkish southern coast became certain as the city was in 2011 selected to host the 2013 Mediterranean Games. Already in 2011 a vision of the 30,000-seat olympic stadium was drawn. Later it was subject to changes with capacity falling to 25,000 and though it was often called Olympic, it was to be a typical football stadium with no running track.

Construction estimated at some €100 million began in February 2012 and lasted just over one year. Already in spring 2013 the stadium was operational, though not ready for football. As it was to hold only opening and closing ceremonies of the Mediterranean Games it wasn't until September 2013 that a lawn was laid.

Eventual hosts at the stadium are Mersin İdman Yurdu, a team that suffered relegation to 2nd league upon their move from the city centre to this suburban stadium.

Seating layout consists of two seperate tiers divided with a strip of 54 skyboxes. Overall the stadium has almost 4,000 premium seats. Its external wrap and roof are made of light membrane based on steel frame together creating a dynamic angular form. Due to remote location of the stadium almost 1,300 parking spaces are provided in direct vicinity.

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