|Other names||Vodafone Arena (2016-2017)|
|Opening game||11/04/2016 (Beşiktaş - Bursaspor, 3-2)|
|Construction||02/06/2013 - 09/04/2016|
|Cost||TRY 400 million|
|Design||Bünyamin Derman, DB Architects|
|Contractor||Beşiktaş İnşaat A.Ş|
|Address||Kadırgalar Cd. 1 b, Vişnezade Mh., 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turcja|
Vodafone Park – stadium description
Fans of Beşiktaş were the last of Istanbul’s “Big Three” to get a new stadium. Just like supporters of Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe, they were treated to many ideas before finally construction could Begin in 2013.
Among the reasons for extremely long process was the unique location of the stadium: beautiful, but extremely constrained. The site of former Inönü Stadi is the heart of Istanbul, but at the same time it’s also under landscape protection as direct vicinity of the Dolmabahçe Palace. That’s why the new stadium couldn’t be too tall (41.5m at peak, from southern ground level), while digging deeper was impossible due to waters of the Bosporus. As if this wasn’t enough, already the old stadium was tightly surrounded with roads.
Despite Beşiktaş being among Turkey’s most popular clubs, there was only enough room for app. 40,000 seats. Greater numbers would be impossible to fit, not mentioning the traffic deadlock every matchday would have caused. DB Architects faced a major challenge, but they passed the test with flying colours.
To fit the desired seating bowl, it was divided into two tiers. Lower one is fairly flat (23.4°), while the upper ring is very steep (38.7°). Number of rows varies, peaking in the north and slightly lowering towards the south. Just like in the old stadium, where semi-open south end allowed to admire the Bosporus and Asian part of Istanbul.
With limited space, percentage of corporate seats is fairly high. Roughly 1 out of 10 seats is a premium-level one. There are almost 1,900 seats in 147 skyboxes spread across three stands (only the north has none, offering room for a larger terrace for singing fans).
The robust stands are surrounded with simple and elegant colonnade, somewhat resembling a coliseum. Covered with limestone, the façade blends very well with historic surroundings. Especially that the southern Marathon Gate of the old stadium was fully retained. Just like the old stadium, the new one has clear form, is symmetric and elliptic. The latter term doesn’t mean there was room for a running track, quite the opposite. Fans are as close to the action as possible, 6.15m along the sides and 7.95m at both ends.
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.
UEFA: Madrid, Baku, Istanbul and Budapest take 2019 finals
Champions League final awarded to Wanda Metropolitano, Europa League goes to Baku's Olympic Stadium, Women's Champions League to Groupama Arena and the UEFA Super Cup to Vodafone Park in Istanbul.
UEFA: 11 stadiums compete for 2019 finals
Champions League, Women's Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup will all see final venues selected among these 10 contenders.
Turkey: Erdoğan wants, Erdoğan gets – no 'arenas' in Turkey
In an unexpected and somewhat childish move the president of Turkey declared the word 'arena' banned from Turkish stadium names. Galatasaray was the first one to comply.
Stadium of the Year 2016: Public Vote Award – Vodafone Arena!
Until the very last day we had no idea which stadium would win. But there could be only one Stadium of the Year in this year’s Public Vote and you chose Vodafone Arena.
Stadium of the Year 2016: Jury Vote 2nd Place – Vodafone Arena
There was no other location as challenging as this one in the entire competition! Beşiktaş has just show how to build a new stadium without losing historical identity.
Stadium of the Year 2016: Reason 26, Vodafone Arena
One of the most picturesque and most challenging stadium locations across Turkey. And yet built with high quality and cheaply, too!
UEFA: Who gets the 2019 club finals?
15 national associations expressed interest in hosting of the 2019 finals. Champions League, Europa League, Women’s Champions League and Super Cup will be decided among 19 stadia!
Stadium of the Year 2016: Join the global vote!
It’s time to make your voice heard and select the best stadium opened in 2016 around the world. Public Vote is now open and will last until March 4.
Stadium of the Year 2016: Name your nominees!
For 10 days you’re welcome to share your favourite stadiums opened in 2016. We know of over 30 stadiums eligible for the competition, now let’s see your candidates.
Istanbul: Terrorists hit outside Vodafone Arena
Just minutes after last guests left the stadium, a huge explosion shook Vodafone Arena. Most likely target of the terror attack was the police force still deployed around the stadium.
New stadium: Vodafone Arena opened in style
The entire neighborhood of Beşiktaş was covered with smoke of flares, while packed stadium celebrated an exciting win over archrivals from Bursa. Quite a night in Istanbul!