Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadyumu
|100 (Press seats)
|912 (Away section)
|Çatma Mescit Mh., 34430 Beyoğlu/Istanbul Province, Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadyumu – stadium description
Stadium in the old and impoverished district of Kasımpaşa was opened in 2005. Initially as an athletic venue with one stand, it had audience located on J-shaped sections tucked into the hill south of the pitch.
Upon opening it received the name of Turkish prime minister Erdogan, who originates from this district and used to be an athlete for the club. This made Kasımpaşa grow in football and after just 5 years in operation the running track was removed, pitch brought closer to the existing stand and new sections were built. Their irregular shape is caused by very small plot.
Thanks to the new stands and new seats at the ‘old’ stand capacity is now 14,234. Corners were filled with hospitality buildings, offices and indoor halls for other disciplines trained at Kasımpaşa.
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: 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.
Istanbul: Controversial move by Beşiktaş, fans outraged
While their stadium is being demolished, BJK need a temporary home. The club chose to rest at neighbouring Kasımpaşa for the upcoming season. This raised criticism among fans, because the clubs are extremely antagonized recently.
New stadiums: Rize and trio from Istanbul
A new portion of Turkish stadiums just landed. Three of them are of less known Istanbul district clubs, one of which is currently chasing the Galata/Fener/Besiktas ‘big three’ in the league. Two others… aren’t, but we still find them really charming!