Ankara 19 Mayıs Stadium
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The Ankara 19 Mayıs Stadium (Turkish: Ankara 19 (ondokuz) Mayıs Stadyumu) is the home venue of Ankara's Süper Lig football club: Gençlerbirliği. It was built in 1930 and is part of the 19 Mayıs Sports Complex, which is located in the Ulus district. The stadium has a capacity of 19,209 (all-seater). Ankaraspor also used this stadium until they moved to their new venue in the Yenikent district.
The stadium is named after the date May 19, 1919, when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk arrived at Samsun to start the Turkish War of Independence. Official ceremonies to celebrate the May 19th Youth and Sports Day are also being held in this stadium.
The stadium was originally built in 1934-6, designed by architect Paolo Vietti-Violi.
Stadium Reconstruction Project
The New Ankara 19 Mayıs Stadium, is a newly reconstruction project by GSGM & Ankara City Council. The stadium's project was introduced to the Turkish press on February 4, 2010. It will have a seating capacity for 20.600 spectators and will be totally covered.
The New Ankara Stadium will be located on the site of the current stadium. With a newly completed basketball arena to its west and the Youth Park to its south, the new stadium constitutes a promising urban sports and recreation centre.
The stadium is situated at a most convenient location; minutes away from the historic city centre and railway station on foot, and accessible easily by various highways, as well as two different metro lines and several bus routes.
The stadium appears as a distorted cube, fitting in very well with its urban surrounding both aesthetically and functionally. It will be completed by a façade with a structure consisting of geometric patterns inspired by traditional Turkish mosaic art and architecture.
In the currently used stadium there are five stands: Gecekondu, Maraton, Saatli, Kapalı and Protokol. Gecekondu, Maraton and Kapalı are usually used by the home side supporters. Protokol belongs to statesmen and high-level officials from both the home side and the visiting side. Saatli is usually spared for the visiting team's supporters. Gecekondu is the cheapest part of the stadium.
Matches and tickets
There are two types of tickets for the clubs playing in this stadium: seasonal and per match. Single match tickets can be purchased online from the Biletix website.