Abdi İpekçi Arena

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Abdi İpekçi Arena
Abdi İpekçi Arena
Location 10. Yıl Caddesi, Kazlıçeşme, Zeytinburnu, Istanbul
Coordinates 40°59′49″N 28°55′10″E / 40.99694°N 28.91944°E / 40.99694; 28.91944Coordinates: 40°59′49″N 28°55′10″E / 40.99694°N 28.91944°E / 40.99694; 28.91944
Owner TBF
Capacity Basketball: 12,270[1]
Opened 1986; 28 years ago (1986)
Tenants
Galatasaray Liv Hospital
Anadolu Efes
Beşiktaş
Galatasaray Odeabank (Women)

Abdi İpekçi Arena, formerly known as Abdi İpekçi Sports Complex, is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in the Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul, Turkey, situated just outside of the ancient city walls in Yedikule. Designed in 1979 and opened in 1986 after several years of interrupted construction, it is named after the renowned Turkish journalist Abdi İpekçi.

The arena has an audience capacity of 12,270.[1] It hosts national and international sports events such as basketball, volleyball, wrestling and weightlifting, concerts and congresses among others. The facility contains a multi-faced visual scoreboard, six online-system counters, four locker rooms, two internet rooms, a press room, two multi-purpose offices, VIP rooms, etc. Its parking lot has a capacity of 1,500 cars. Also, the Spice Girls performed their first ever concert there in October 1997.

The professional basketball teams of Galatasaray Men's Basketball Team and Galatasaray Medical Park Women's Basketball Team play their Turkish League home matches since the 2009-2010 season in the Abdi İpekçi Arena. Some of the notable events, which took place in the arena are:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b - Galatasaray Basketball academy director
  2. ^ European League 1991-92
  3. ^ European Cup 1994-95
  4. ^ EuroStars 1996 - Istanbul

External links[edit]

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