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Vodafone Arena
Eagle's Nest (Kartal Yuvası)
Vodafone Arena Logo.png
Beşiktaş J.K. vs Bursaspor 11 April 2016 (5).jpg
Location Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey
Coordinates 41°02′21.14″N 28°59′41.07″E / 41.0392056°N 28.9947417°E / 41.0392056; 28.9947417Coordinates: 41°02′21.14″N 28°59′41.07″E / 41.0392056°N 28.9947417°E / 41.0392056; 28.9947417
Owner Beşiktaş J.K.
Operator Beşiktaş J.K.
Executive suites 147
Capacity 41,903
Record attendance 38,421 (Beşiktaş-Osmanlıspor,15 May 2016)
Field size 105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
Surface Hybrid grass
Broke ground October 2013
Opened 10 April 2016[3]
Construction cost EUR € 110 million (Approximate)[1]
Architect Metin Demir, DB Architects [2]
General contractor Beşiktaş İnşaat A.Ş.

The Vodafone Arena is an all-seater, multi-purpose stadium in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Turkey.[4][5] It is the home ground of Beşiktaş J.K. The stadium was built on the site of Beşiktaş's former home, BJK İnönü Stadium. It has a capacity of approximately 43,500 spectators, after initially being planned for 41,903.

Vodafone Arena houses 144 executive suites, and one "1903 Lounge" which will entertain 1,903 spectators in total. The "1903 stand" has a capacity of 636 spectators. The new stadium also has 2,123 square metres of restaurants, 2,520 square metres of terrace restaurants and a VIP parking capacity of 600 vehicles. The ground is a 'smart stadium', where fans enjoy StadiumVision and high-speed Wi-Fi technology, being planned in conjunction with Cisco.[6]

Demolition works on the BJK İnönü Stadium started on 2 June 2013, following the end of promotion play-offs for the TFF First League. The estimated cost of the project was around $80 million. The new stadium was designed by DB architects. The old stadium was demolished, except for the Eski Açık stand, since this stand and its towers are considered historical monuments by the government. The Eski Açık stand is re-arranged to resemble the look of an antique amphitheatre. The new stadium is "in harmony with the natural and historic landscape of the Bosphorus" when seen from the sea.



In 1936, the French architect and city planner Henri Prost (1874–1959) was invited to Turkey by President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. He was tasked with the preparation of Istanbul's rough-cut urban planning and rebuilding, which lasted until 1951. In the first plan, Prost thought that the district of Şişli might be a good location for a city stadium. However, the governor of Istanbul, Muhittin Üstündağ, asked Prost to put the stadium to Dolmabahçe district instead of the stable of the Dolmabahçe Palace as a fait accompli in his master city plan, which came into force in 1939.

The stables of Dolmabahçe. May 1906


The BJK İnönü Stadium, originally named the Dolmabahçe Stadium, was designed by Italian architect Paolo Vietti-Violi, who collaborated with Turkish architects Şinasi Şahingiray and Fazıl Aysu for preparing the project. The first foundation was laid on May 19, 1939, but construction was halted due to the outbreak of the Second World War. The stadium was inaugurated on May 19, 1947, by İsmet İnönü, the second President of Turkey and himself a Beşiktaş fan, and Lütfi Kırdar, the Governor of Istanbul.

The initial capacity was 16,000. In the original project plan, there were two bronze statues of athlete figures at the Eski Açık stand: one throwing a discus, and the other throwing a javelin. However, the statues were never built due to financial concerns. The oil factory which was found behind the stadium was demolished to construct the Yeni Açık stand at the west part of the stadium in 1950 (hence the name Yeni Açık, meaning the New Open-top; referring to the two covered stands (Numaralı and Kapalı) and the two open-top stands (Eski Açık and Yeni Açık).) In 1952, the stadium was renamed as the Mithat Paşa Stadium, and later in 1973, it was renamed as the İnönü Stadium.[7] A leasing contract was signed between Beşiktaş J.K. and the Ministry of Youth and Sports in February 1998 which gave all usage rights of the İnönü Stadium to Beşiktaş JK for 49 years.

First Football Match[edit]

The first football match at the Dolmabahçe Stadium took place between Beşiktaş J.K. and AIK Stockholm of Sweden, on November 27, 1947, and the first goal in the stadium was scored by Süleyman Seba; the most famous and longest-presiding Chairman of the club (in the 1980s and 1990s) when he used to be a player of Beşiktaş JK. Beşiktaş lost this match 3–2.

Galatasaray S.K. and Fenerbahce S.K. shared the stadium with Beşiktaş JK for many years, before the construction of the Ali Sami Yen Stadium for Galatasaray in 1964, and the renovation of the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium for Fenerbahçe S.K. in 1982.


Renovation work took place at the BJK İnönü Stadium in 2004. The tartan track was removed within the scope of these activities and the ground level was lowered by 4 metres to increase the capacity of the stadium to 32,145 spectators. The press seats were relocated to the Numaralı tribune from the Kapalı tribune. The lounges that were found in the middle of the Kapalı tribune were demolished. The number of gates was doubled. A press centre for Beşiktaş TV was built inside the stadium. The restrooms and food counters were renewed. The Yeni Açık stand was covered with a metallic structure. The stadium complies with UEFA standards.

New Stadium Project[edit]

Due to the unique location of the BJK İnönü Stadium, which is considered as one of the best stadiums in the world,[8] and its legal status as a "historic monument" protected by the High Council of Monuments of Turkey, the renewal project had to be modified and postponed several times and all official requests, efforts, renewal attempts were denied. In 2008, former president Yildirim Demirören launched a project designed by HOK sports, with a design capacity of 42,000 spectators. However, this project was also cancelled because of concerns regarding how the new project didn't suit the historical environment of Beşiktaş. Finally, in 2013, current president Fikret Orman completed the administrative procedures after long extended bureaucratic exchanges, and got all the required permissions by proposing specific design goals.


Vodafone Arena was designed by the architect firm DB Architects.[9] Bünyamin Derman served as the project Architect of record. The stadium meets UEFA 4-category criteria, the strictest in the ranking defined by UEFA regulations for stadium infrastructure.

Vodafone Arena differs from modern stadiums by 3 design goals imposed by the authority and nature of the construction site. Thanks to these design goals the architecture of the stadium reflects history, heritage and prosperity.

Colosseum (Coliseum) Architecture[edit]

Due to existence of the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Dolmabahçe Clock Tower, the Dolmabahçe Mosque and of course the Bosphorus, which are very close to Vodafone Arena, the Turkish High Council of Monuments demanded an ancient look which should fit the surrounding historical area. Most of the proposed architectural designs for new stadium were modern structures, with glossy extern revetment made from metal, glass or composite materials. Hence to accomplish the first design goal, a colosseum architecture was proposed to and accepted by the high council. Colosseum architecture was previously used in stadiums such as the (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Busch Memorial Stadium, etc.), but mostly several decades ago.

Waveform Stands[edit]

In modern stadiums the height of the stands are mostly at the same level. Since the construction site of Vodafone Arena is too narrow and surrounded by roads, the height of the stands decrease specifically at the corners and widen at the edges. The varying elevation creates a significant waveform-shape in the stands and gives a traditional look. The height of the east stand is very low which is another design goal imposed by the High Council so as not affect the silhouette of the Bosphorus.

Elliptical Design[edit]

Vodafone Arena first match against Bursaspor

The design of the majority of modern football stadiums are mostly square, rectangular with rounded corners, or circular. The stadiums, which were built during the 20th century, include tartan tracks, especially Olympic stadiums. Due to the tartan tracks, the old stadiums have elliptical forms like the old Inönü stadium. To be faithful to the previous architecture which was designed in 1939 and coherent with the remaining historical two towers of the old Inönü stadium, Vodafone Arena also has an elliptical form, although there is no tartan track inside the stadium. Proposed design repeats the same idea of perfect symmetry reached in 1939 by extending the main arc between the two old towers through all structure.


Environmental Compatibility[edit]

The new stadium project aimed to ensure a low environmental impact to the nature and its surroundings via the use of advanced state of the art sustainable technologies. This stadium will be constructed to reduce energy consumption from non-renewable energy sources by reducing waste and optimizing the resources available.The Green Building concept of Vodafone Arena ensures environment friendly and resource efficient processes at each stage of construction, right from site selection and designing to construction by using Green Building certified construction materials, operation followed by maintenance, renovation or even demolition to seek minimum possible impact on environment.

The stadium will produce the electricity it needs using solar energy captured through photovoltaic panels[10] which can produce 500 kVA per year. This corresponds to an annual electricity consumption of about 100 average households and a CO2 saving of around 250 tonnes. The stadium will store rainwater in cisterns to use later for watering the pitch and other purposes. These alternative energy sources are aimed at helping stadium meet the criteria dictated by the Kyoto protocol by generating multiple results:

  • Intensive exploitation of solar energy through solar tracker tools
  • Reductions of greenhouse gases[11]
  • No production of chemical or acoustic emissions[12]
  • No air pollution
  • No risk of fire
  • Rainwater harvesting[13]

All concrete and metal parts from the old demolished BJK Inönü Stadium have been separated and reused; other materials left have been divided into categories, in order to be recycled, resold, or reused.

Historical Monument[edit]

The stands behind the goal areas were called Eski Açık (Old Tribune) with a seating capacity of 7,962. There are two towers on the left and right side of the Eski Açık stands and an iron gate in the middle of 2 towers. The towers and the gate were preserved as a hictorical monument during the construction of the new site.

Naming Rights[edit]

Beşiktaş signed a $145 million deal with Vodafone on 21 August 2013. The deal includes shirt sponsorship for 3 (+2 optional) years, stadium naming rights (to be named 'Vodafone Arena'), advertising, and stadium technology infrastructure investment rights for 10 (+5 optional) years.



  • Vodafone Arena received the Environmentally Friendly Award[14] on 30 April 2015 during the 4th Green Economy Awards Ceremony.

Construction of the Foundation[edit]

  • Bore pile used: 10,8 km[15]
  • Anchorage: 28,5 km
  • Nails used: 2,2 km
  • Depth: 30 meters
  • Soil excavated for foundation: 760.000 m3 [16]


  • Total: 41,903[17]
  • Number of Suites:147
  • Suite Seats: 1847
  • VIP Parking: 350
  • VIP Seats: 2100
  • Handicap Seats: 81 (+ 81 for Companions)
  • Press Seats: 186

Pitch Dimensions[edit]

  • Distance between goal line and stands: 7,95 m
  • Distance between touch line and stand: 6,15 m


The lightweight cable roof is designed as a classic looped cable roof containing one compression and one tension ring. While the majority of the roof is covered with a membrane, the inner edge has a glass roof. The roof of Vodafone Arena is composed of 260 tons of 246 rope assemblies. The inner tension ring, which is made of 8 Ø110 mm full locked coil ropes with a single length of nearly 200 meters, is connected to the outer compression ring by radial cables that consist of full locked coil ropes with Ø110, Ø85, Ø65 and Ø45 mm.[18]


BJK İnönü Stadium Era[edit]

Previously, while Vodafone Arena was the BJK İnönü Stadium, it had been used for many major music concerts including:


Wooded Road[edit]

Wooded Road

From the Beşiktaş district, supporters and visitors traditionally approach the stadium through the historical Dolmabahçe street called "Ağaçlı Yol" in Turkish. This ritual from the İnönü Stadium (expected to continue once Vodafone Arena opens) took place during match days and is a source of inspiration for several songs and cheers written in the past.

Dolmabahçe Palace[edit]

Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace was built by Sultan Abdulmecid (1839–1861), who was the 31st Ottoman Sultan. The palace, whose construction commenced on 13 June 1843, was brought into use on 7 June 1856, upon completion of surrounding walls. The palace consists of three mainparts, named as the Imperial Mabeyn (State Apartments), Muayede Salon (Ceremonial Hall) and the Imperial Harem. The Imperial Mabeyn was allocated for administrative affairs of the state, the Imperial Harem was allocated for the private lives of the sultan and his family, and the Muayede Salon, placed between these two sections, was allocated for exchanging of "bayram" greetings between the sultan and dignitary statesmen along with use for some important state ceremonies. The main building is three storeys (including the basement) on the side which is parallel to sea and four storeys on the inland side, involving the Harem quarters with the musandıra (garret) floor.

Dolmabahçe Clock Tower[edit]

Dolmabahçe Mosque

Dolmabahçe Clock Tower is a clock tower situated outside Dolmabahçe Palace. The tower was constructed by the famous Armenian architect Sarkis Balyan between 1890 and 1895 with the order of Ottoman sultan Abdul Hamid II (1842–1918). Designed in Ottoman neo-baroque style, the four-sided, four-storey tower stands at a height of 27 metres. Its clock was manufactured by the renowned French clockmaker house of Jean-Paul Garnier, and installed by the court clock master Johann Mayer. In 1979, the original mechanical clock was converted partly to an electrical one. On two opposite sides of the tower, the tughra of Sultan Abdul Hamid II is found.

Dolmabahçe Mosque[edit]

Dolmabahçe Mosque is located in the south of Dolmabahçe Palace, on the coast. It was originally commissioned by the mother of Sultan Abdülmecid, Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan After her death, it was continued by Sultan Abdülmecid. The mosque was completed in 1855; its architect is Garabet Balyan. Dolmabahçe Mosque is one of the ornamented mosques constructed in Baroque style. Since the mosque is adjacent to the palace, a two storey Sultan maksoorah was constructed on the front part where the Sultan and statesmen could perform their prayers and where public processions and meetings could be accommodated. Circular window design, which is rarely seen in Turkish mosque architecture, gives the building a different look with its peacock-tail design. The mosque has two minarets with a single balcony. The interior has a decoration with a mixture of baroque and ampere styles. From the dome hangs a precious chandelier.


Inauguration day, Red Carpet at Woodded Road
Besiktas District, view from Uskudar, at Inauguration Day

The opening ceremony of the stadium was held on 11 April 2016,[19][20] with a Süper Lig match against Bursaspor. Beşiktaş fans walked though the wooded road down the red carpet layed between Beşiktaş and Kabataş; Fans had been launching flares since 16:00 in the Beşiktaş district, well before the opening ceremony. The game ended 3–2 with two goals from Mario Gómez and one from Alexis.[21] In the 22nd minute of the game, during an attack initiated by Oğuzhan Özyakup, the ball met José Sosa, who sent a fine pass behind the defense outside the penalty area. Gómez controlled it in the penalty area, slipped away from goalkeeper Harun Tekin and scored the very first goal at Vodafone Arena.


11 April 2016
20:00 GMT+2
Beşiktaş 3–2 Bursaspor
Gómez Goal 22'58'
Alexis Goal 53'
Traoré Goal 29'
Stoch Goal 71'
Vodafone Arena, Istanbul
Attendance: 38,420
Referee: Baris Simsek
Beşiktaş J.K.
Besiktas J.K. (4–2–3-1):
GK 29 Turkey Tolga Zengin
RB 2 Turkey Serdar Kurtuluş Substituted off 84'
CB 30 Brazil Marcelo
CB 12 Spain Alexis
LB 3 Turkey İsmail Köybaşı Substituted off 83'
DM 13 Canada Atiba Hutchinson
LW 10 Turkey Olcay Şahan Substituted off 71'
RW 17 Portugal Ricardo Quaresma Booked 90' Yellow cardYellow cardRed card
AM 15 Turkey Oğuzhan Özyakup
AM 5 Argentina José Sosa
CF 33 Germany Mario Gómez
DM 20 Turkey Necip Uysal Substituted in 71'
LB 6 Serbia Duško Tošić Substituted in 83'
RB 32 Germany Andreas Beck Substituted in 84'
Şenol Güneş
Bursaspor (4–4–2):
GK 1 Turkey Harun Tekin
RB 3 Turkey Emre Taşdemir
CB 23 Australia Aziz Behich
CB 66 Czech Republic Tomáš Sivok Booked 23'
LB 6 Turkey Şamil Çinaz
RM 8 Mali Bakaye Traoré Substituted off 64'
CM 18 Argentina Pablo Batalla Booked 59'
CM 21 Japan Hajime Hosogai Booked 45' Yellow cardYellow cardRed card
LM 91 Senegal Ricardo Faty Substituted off 75' Booked 55'
CF 15 Czech Republic Tomáš Necid Substituted off 64'
CF 88 Turkey Deniz Yılmaz
DM 68 Turkey Jem Karacan Substituted in 64' Booked 68'
LB 89 Slovenia Miroslav Stoch Substituted in 64' Booked 90'
RB 14 Chile Cristóbal Jorquera Substituted in 75'
Hamza Hamzaoğlu


A panorama overview of the Vodafone Arena during its opening ceremony.
A panorama overview of the Vodafone Arena during its opening ceremony.

Transport Connections[edit]

Vodafone Arena is situated in the heart of the city centre surrounded by many transport facilities. A 5-minute walk is enough to reach to the stadium from Taksim square which is the most important transportation hub of Istanbul served by many bus lines, metro (M2) and the Kabataş-Taksim Funicular (F1). The Kabataş tram (T1) can also be used to plan your journey to Vodafone Arena. Sea transport is also available for visitors who want to arrive from the Anatolian Side of Istanbul by using Beşiktaş-Kadıköy, Beşiktaş-Üsküdar ferries or Bostanci-Kabataş Fast Ferry.[22][23]

A map of Vodafone Arena in relation to Taksim Metro Station, Kabataş Station, Beşiktaş and Kabataş Docks

Nearby stations are:

Service Station Line
Istanbul Metro Istanbul Metro Taksim StationM2 (Istanbul Metro) Handicapped/disabled access Istanbul public transport - M2 line symbol.png Yenikapı ↔ Hacıosman
Kabataş Station Istanbul Metro Istanbul public transport - F1 line symbol.png Taksim ↔ Kabataş
Istanbul Tramway Kabataş Station Istanbul Line Symbol T1.png Bağcılar ↔ Kabataş
Istanbul Ferries Şehir Hatları logosu.jpg Beşiktaş Dock Kadıköy ↔ Beşiktaş
Kabataş Dock Kadıköy ↔ Kabataş
Istanbul Fast Ferries Istanbul Sea Buses Logo.JPG Kabataş Dock Bostancı ↔ Kabataş
Kabataş Dock Bursa ↔ Kadıköy ↔ Kabataş

See also[edit]


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