|4,687 (914 in 52 skyboxes) (Business seats)|
|180 (Tribune of honour)|
|Clubs||Mersin İdman Yurdu SK|
|Construction||01/02/2012 - 05/2013|
|Cost||€ 100 million|
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.
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.
Turkey: Passolig to stay, even if limited
In the second verdict regarding supporters’ application against the Passolig card system Ankara’s consumer court had a less positive decision for fans than they expected.
Turkey: Supporters win against Passolig!
Neither Italian, nor Polish fans enjoyed similar success in their fight against fan ID cards. But in Turkey this week the Supreme Court ruled that the Passolig system is not legal and should be waived.
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.
Turkey: Football opening of Mersin Arena
İdman Yurdu supporters had to wait long 9 months to see their first game at the city's new stadium. Despite opening in June 2013, football began to play there yesterday.
Stadium of the Year 2013: Last 24 hours to vote
It’s been exactly 30 days since we started the Stadium of the Year competition. Now we enter the final 24 hours of the vote. If you haven’t selected your favourites, now is the time!
Nomination: Mersin Arena
Without a doubt currently best stadium in southern Turkey. No wonder it hosted the 2013 Mediterranean Games. Simple and tailored accurately, this seems to be a model for Turkey’s rapidly improving top two leagues.
Stadium of the Year 2013: Let the vote begin!
It's time to start the selection process. For the next month you can thoroughly review all candidates and make your move, selecting 2013's Stadium of the Year. The world's largest open competition of this kind begins now!
Stadium of the Year 2013: Time to nominate!
Just like every year, we invite you to propose nominees before the Stadium of the Year vote begins. We created an initial list of eligible stadiums, but count on you to suggest more, if you think we missed any worthy building.
News: New Mersin stadium, constructions and design from Istanbul and Sivas
Newest stadium in Turkey hasn't even seen its first football game, but has enough grass to be added to StadiumDB.com. Or so we hope. As for two remaining grounds shown in renderings and construction photos, there's still some time before they get their grass.