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Vodafone Park
Eagle's Nest (Kartal Yuvası)
Vodafone park logo.jpg
Beşiktaş J.K. vs Bursaspor 11 April 2016 (5).jpg
Former names Vodafone Arena [1] (2016–2017)
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 37,966 (Beşiktaş-Olympiacos, March 2017)
Field size 105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
Surface Hybrid grass
Construction
Broke ground October 2013
Opened 11 April 2016
Construction cost EUR € 110 million (Approximate)[2]
Architect Bünyamin Derman, Metin Demir [3]
General contractor Beşiktaş İnşaat A.Ş.
Tenants
Beşiktaş J.K. (2016–present)
2019 UEFA Super Cup
Website
www.vodafonearena.com.tr

Vodafone Park 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 Park houses 144 executive suites, and one "1903 Lounge" which can entertain up to 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, 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 at the time 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 was re-arranged to resemble the look of an antique amphitheatre. The new stadium was designed to be "in harmony with the natural and historic landscape of the Bosphorus" when seen from the sea.

History

Location

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

Construction

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

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

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 renovated. The Yeni Açık stand was covered with a metallic structure. The work was done in compliance with UEFA standards.

New Stadium Project

Due to the unique location of the BJK İnönü Stadium, which is considered one of the best stadiums in the world,[8] and its legal status as a "historic monument" protected by the Turkish High Council of Monuments, the renewal project had to be modified and postponed several times and all official requests, efforts, renewal attempts were denied. In 2008, former club 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 received all required permissions by proposing specific design goals.

December 2016 bombing

On 10 December 2016, two bombs exploded outside the stadium, killing at least 46 (38 police officers, 8 civilians) and injuring 136. The first and larger explosion took place about 7:30 p.m. after home team Beşiktaş defeated visitors Bursaspor 2-1 in the Turkish Super League. An official with knowledge of the attack said that the timing of the bombing aimed to maximize the loss of life. The civilian death toll was lower because fans had already left the stadium after the soccer match. Witnesses also reported hearding gunfire after the explosions. Officials have said that the first explosion was caused by a passing vehicle that detonated in an area where police special forces were located at the stadium exit. A riot police bus appeared to have been the target. Turkish officials said a person who had been stopped in nearby Macka Park committed suicide by triggering explosives moments later.

Design

Vodafone Park was designed by the architectural firm DB Architects.[9] Bünyamin Derman served as the project's Architect of record. The stadium meets UEFA Category 4 criteria, the strictest in the ranking defined by UEFA regulations for stadium infrastructure.

Vodafone Park 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

Due to the proximity of Dolmabahçe Palace, the Dolmabahçe Clock Tower, the Dolmabahçe Mosque and of course the Bosphorus, the Turkish High Council of Monuments demanded a more ancient look which should fit the surrounding historical area. Most of the proposed architectural designs for the new stadium were modern structures, with glossy external surfaces made from metal, glass or composite materials. 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

In modern stadiums the height of the stands are mostly at the same level. Since the construction site of Vodafone Park is 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 lower - which is another design goal imposed by the High Council so as not affect the silhouette of the Bosphorus.

Elliptical Design

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, these older stadiums have elliptical forms like the old Inönü stadium. To be faithful to the previous architecture designed in 1939 and coherent with the two remaining historical towers of the old Inönü stadium, Vodafone Park also has an elliptical form, although there is no tartan track inside the stadium. The design repeats the same idea of perfect symmetry reached in 1939 by extending the main arc between the two old towers through all structure.

Development

Environmental Compatibility

The new stadium project aimed to ensure a low environmental impact via the use of state of the art sustainable technologies. The stadium was constructed to reduce energy consumption from non-renewable energy sources by reducing waste and optimizing the resources available.The Green Building concept of Vodafone Park ensures environmentally friendly and resource efficient processes at each stage of construction, from site selection and design to construction by using Green Building certified construction materials, to seek the minimum possible impact on the environment.

The stadium will produce electricity using solar energy captured through photovoltaic panels[10] capable of producing 500 kVA per year. This corresponds to the 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 the 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

The Eastern-side stand was 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 historical monument during the construction of the new stadium.

Naming Rights

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

Facts

Awards

  • Vodafone Park received the Environmentally Friendly Award[14] on 30 April 2015 during the 4th Green Economy Awards Ceremony.
  • Vodafone Park received Best "Stadium of the Year 2016" Award in a public vote and also was chosen as 2nd best "Stadium of the Year 2016" after London Stadium in by an expert panel of five juries.[15] Vodafone Park obtained more points in the "Relation with surroundings" category (7.600) than London Stadium (7.000) thanks to the design goals explained above.

Construction of the Foundation

  • Bore pile used: 10,8 km[16]
  • Anchorage: 28,5 km
  • Nails used: 2,2 km
  • Depth: 30 meters
  • Soil excavated for foundation: 760.000 m3 [17]

Capacity

  • Total: 41,903[18]
  • Number of Suites:147
  • Suite Seats: 1847
  • VIP Parking: 350
  • VIP Seats: 2100
  • Handicap Seats: 81 (+ 81 for Companions)
  • Press Seats: 186

Pitch Dimensions

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

Roof

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 Park 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.[19]

Concerts

BJK İnönü Stadium Era

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

Surroundings

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 days takes place during match days and is a source of inspiration for several songs and cheers written in the past. Due to the presence of Dolmabahçe Palace and Dolmabahçe Mosque, Vodafone Park's height was kept under 32 meters. In the old İnönü Stadium, the Dolmabahçe Clock Tower could be seen from 2 different stands, more precisely from Kapalı and Yeni Açık. During match nights, TV cameras would often focus on the tower, becoming a ritual in live matches that remains in the memories of soccer fans. Dolmabahçe Mosque was another TV screen ritual of old days, like the Clock Tower, since it was visible from two stands where cameras were focusing through along with waters of Bosphorus.[citation needed]

Inauguration

Inauguration day, Red Carpet at Wooded Road
Besiktas District, view from Üsküdar, at Inauguration Day

The opening ceremony of the stadium was held on 11 April 2016,[20][21] with a Süper Lig match against Bursaspor. Beşiktaş fans walked though the wooded road down the red carpet laid between Beşiktaş and Kabataş. Fans had been lighting 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.[22] 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 Park.

Details

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 Park, Istanbul
Attendance: 38,420
Referee: Barış Şimşek
Beşiktaş J.K.
Bursaspor
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 YC 90' Yellow cardYellow cardRed card
AM 15 Turkey Oğuzhan Özyakup
AM 5 Argentina José Sosa
CF 33 Germany Mario Gómez
Substitutions:
DM 20 Turkey Necip Uysal Substituted in 71'
LB 6 Serbia Duško Tošić Substituted in 83'
RB 32 Germany Andreas Beck Substituted in 84'
Manager:
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 YC 23'
LB 6 Turkey Şamil Çinaz
RM 8 Mali Bakaye Traoré Substituted off 64'
CM 18 Argentina Pablo Batalla YC 59'
CM 21 Japan Hajime Hosogai YC 45' Yellow cardYellow cardRed card
LM 91 Senegal Ricardo Faty Substituted off 75' YC 55'
CF 15 Czech Republic Tomáš Necid Substituted off 64'
CF 88 Turkey Deniz Yılmaz
Substitutions:
DM 68 Turkey Jem Karacan Substituted in 64' YC 68'
LB 89 Slovenia Miroslav Stoch Substituted in 64' YC 90'
RB 14 Chile Cristóbal Jorquera Substituted in 75'
Manager:
Hamza Hamzaoğlu

Gallery

A panorama overview of Vodafone Park during its opening ceremony.
A panorama overview of Vodafone Park during its opening ceremony.

Vodafone Park is situated in the heart of the city centre surrounded by many transport facilities. A 5-minute walk is enough to reach 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 a journey to Vodafone Park. Sea transport is also available for visitors who want to arrive from the Asian side of Istanbul by using Beşiktaş-Kadıköy, Beşiktaş-Üsküdar ferries or Bostanci-Kabataş Fast Ferry.[23][24]{| align=center |}

Transport Connections

Vodafone Park 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 Park. 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.[25][26]

A map of Vodafone Park 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

References

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External links

  • Official website (in Turkish)
  • Vodafone Stadium at bjk.com.tr
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