Necmi Kadıoğlu Stadyumu
|Address||Kemalpaşa Cad. 34510 / İncirtepe|
Description: Necmi Kadıoğlu Stadyumu
Opened in April 2012, this is already the second stadium built in Esenyurt district, rapidly growing community in western outskirts of Istanbul. Main use is one for community training and events, but with its high standard it may also serve professional football.
It bears the name of Necmi Kadıoğlu, mayor of the district. Opening saw popular vocalist Hadise perform before a large firework display.
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: 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: 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.
New stadiums: Ordu, Istanbul and Antalya
One stadium awaits replacement, while two others are just a year old. Turkey is changing so rapidly in terms of sports infrastructure. We'll keep visiting this country from time to time, hopefully!