Ali Sami Yen Sports Complex Türk Telekom Stadium
|Clubs||Galatasaray Sports Club|
|Inauguration||15.01.2011 (Galatasaray - Ajax Amsterdam)|
|Construction||13.12.2007 - 01.2011|
|Design||'asp' Architekten Stuttgart, Obermeyer Planen+Beraten (Monachium), Schlaich – Bergermann and Partner (Stuttgart), Yüksel Proje (Ankara), Amsterdam ArenA Advisory.|
|Withitn the project||retractable roof, 4500 vehicule underground car park, 150-180 VIP boxes.|
Description: Türk Telekom Stadium
For decades supporters of Galatasaray waited for a New stadium with numerous visions being show and later cancelled. Eventually, in 2007, international competition won by German ‘asp’ architects proved to be the last with construction in north-western part of Istanbul commenced in Dec 2007. New ground with extensive parking infrastructure was incorporated into semi-artificial hill called Seyrantepe, soon renamed by fans as Aslantepe (“Lion’s Hill”). Due to contractor changes the investment was delivered late, in December 2010.
On January 12th last official match at the old Ali Sami Yen was played and just 3 days later Galatasaray matched Ajax Amsterdam in home opener of the new ground. The venue offers a massive number of 211 skyboxes of which 57 were built after opening due to high demand. Regular supporters have remaining seats, app. 45,000.
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