Çaykur Didi Stadyumu
|277 (VIP seats)|
|84 (Press seats)|
|Inauguration||12.08.2009 (Çaykur Rizespor - Fenerbahçe)|
|Construction||13.12.2007 - 08.2009|
|Cost||13 mln TRY|
Çaykur Didi Stadyumu – stadium description
Less than 50 meters from the Black Sea, a new stadium was built in 2009. Worth noting – first football-specific in Rize. This north-eastern city of over 100,000 inhabitants had only one significant stadium before, that named after Atatürk, which has a running track.
Simple concrete structure with single-tiered stands and low-hanging roof received floodlight masts outside, while club offices and other spaces are designed to resemble local residential architecture. This led to a strong contrast between grey concrete of the stands and white facades of the adjoined buildings, which have wooden incrustations as well. Similarly, the roof over stands is made of metal sheet, while one over the offices consists of tiling.
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.
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!