Adana Yeşiloba Hippodrome

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Adana Yeşiloba Hippodrome
Adana Yeşiloba Hipodromu
Location Yeşiloba, Seyhan, Adana, Turkey
Owned by Jockey Club of Turkey (TJK)
Date opened 1962; 55 years ago (1962)
Screened on TJK TV[1]
Course type Flat/Thoroughbred

Adana Yeşiloba Hippodrome (Turkish: Adana Yeşiloba Hipodromu) is a horse racing track located at the Yeşiloba neighborhood of the Seyhan district of the city Adana.

History[edit]

Horse racing started in Adana in 1962 at a race course near the Şakirpaşa Airport. Short after the race course moved to its current location to a 66.6 hectare land area. At the opening, there was only the sand track which still serves today. The turf track was completed in 1996 and started hosting competitions in the spring of 1998. Besides the two tracks, training track was opened in fall 2000. There are currently 3 tracks at the race course.

The second spectator stands which has a 3000-seater capacity was opened in January, 1999 .

Physical attributes[edit]

The race course covers an area of 66.6 ha (165 acres) consisting of facilities for racing, training and barns. The race course has three interleaved tracks as:

  • a 1,800 m (2,000 yd) long and 25 m (82 ft) wide sand oval,
  • a 1,600 m (1,700 yd) long and 20 m (66 ft) wide turf oval for all-weather racing and
  • a 1,400 m (1,500 yd) long and 15 m (49 ft) wide sand oval for training.[2]

There are two spectator stands, newer one being a 3-storey, 3000-seater modern structure. Within the complex there are also a 5 restaurants, food vendors, a playground for children and a haflinger paddock. An area of more than 1 hectare is set as a recreational area for visitors.

There are 5 pony barns at the race course, also an oat storage and a horseshoer. At the pension area, there are 1260 barns and a modern horse hospital that accommodates a surgery unit. Also at this area there is a shopping and services area.

Transportation[edit]

Yeşiloba Hippodrome can be accessed by Barkal minibuses from downtown of Adana, and by TOK and Koç minibuses from Tarsus and Mersin.

Şehitlik railway station, 1.6 km east of the hippodrome, is served by frequent trains from Adana Central, Şakirpaşa, Yenice, Tarsus and Mersin Central stations.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 36°59′33″N 35°13′47″E / 36.992424°N 35.229635°E / 36.992424; 35.229635