Club: Besiktas JK | Opening: 2016 | Capacity: 42,000 seats
History and description
The Vodafone Arena is the recently opened new stadium of Besiktas JK. It replaced Besiktas’ old Inonu Stadi, which had been the home of the club since 1947, but lacked modern facilities.
While Inonu Stadi underwent a major renovation in 2004, the club kept investigating the possibilities for a larger redevelopment or construction of a complete new arena, but the stadium’s protected status as a historical monument delayed the plans. Finally, in 2013, the go ahead for a new stadium was given, leaving only the protected facade in place.
It took three years to build the new stadium, and on 10 April 2016 the Vodafone Arena officially opened with an inauguration ceremony. The first match was played a day later, a league match between Besiktas and Bursaspor (3-2).
In December 2016, two bombs exploded outside of the stadium after a Besiktas game, killing 38 police officers and 8 civilians.