Home of Galatasaray SK. A 24,000 all-seater ground, named after the founder of the club.
The ground has an awesome reputation for its atmosphere, with fans getting into the ground 4-6 hours before kickoff.
My first attempt to get in the ground in November 1993 was unsuccessful, due to the police stopping me. But I travelled back the following year, in September 1994, and was more successful.
Galatasaray are in the process of building a new, bigger and more modern stadium with a capacity of over 50,000, but maybe the new place won't feel or sound like the "Hell" of the old one.
If you are interested with soccer,and if you are in Istanbul during Turkcell Turkey Football League season,do not miss the chance to watch a soccer game in Inonu stadium.It is one of the best stadiums in the world,very close to the Bosphrus and it is across Dolmabahce palace.
Another point,you will have to choose whether to watch the match or fans..!They are the best.
Check the atmsophere in the stadium by searching in Youtube.Write Besiktas-Liverpool for example.
Kasimpasa is one of the really small football clubs in Istanbul and if you go to see them then you will most likely be the only foreigner in the stadium.
Their stadium is located quite centrally though and it´s an easy walk from Taksim square.
Kasimpasa is a small working class club that has never played a big role in turkish football, but at the time of writing (march 2010) they are playing in the turkish first division.
Ithought it was quite interesting to watch a game there.
Normally when you go to see one of the big teams in Istanbul the crowd is geneally young and rebellious, but at Kasimpasa it seemed to be mostly old men and a few of their grand sons.
Besiktas is one of the 3 big football clubs in Istanbul and watching one of their games is a great experience as turkish football fans are among the most passionate in the world and it´s a real spectacle to see a game and especially the crowd.
The advantage of this team compared to the other two big teams in Istanbul is that their stadium is located very close to Taksim square, so it is easy to reach as a tourist.
The stadium is called "Ismet Inonu" and it´s only about 10 minutes walking distance from Taksim square.
Equipment: If you wanna blend in a bit with the local crowd then there is a shop at the stadium selling Besiktas merchandise.
Officially known as the Besiktas Inonu Stadium, this football stadium is just across the busy road from the Dolmabahçe Palace and is where club Besiktas play. It was built in 1947 and has a capacity of 32,145 (all-seater). It was the first modern football stadium in Istanbul and was home to the three perennial rivals of Besiktas J.K.; Galatasaray S.K. and Fenerbahce S.K., since it was the only modern stadium in Istanbul until the 1960s. Between 1921 and 1939, the three clubs had previously played at the Taksim Stadium on Taksim Square, which was located inside the courtyard of the Ottoman era Taksim Artillery Barracks that was built by Sultan Abdulmecid I in the 1840s.
Fenerbahçe S.K., is one of 3 Istanbul soccer (football) clubs that play in the Turkish Süper Lig, the premiere division for soccer in the country. They are, however, the only one of the three teams that reside on the Asian side of the city. Their home is in the Fenerbahçe district, located directly next to Kadiköy, and they play their matches in the 52,000 capacity Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium. Originally founded in 1907, the club is one of the most successful in Turkish soccer history, and boasts the highest average attendance in the Süper Lig. Once you see the recently renovated stadium, you will see why. It is very beautiful, hopefully one day I will be able to attend a match there!
Here is your walking route. You can return to your ship from Sultan Ahmet by tram going to Kabatash.
As you set food on my soil at the dock at Karakoy (read: Karakoey) Standing your back to ship and your face to offices on your left is the famous Galata Bridge. You can walk there within 5 minutes.
2- If you stand on the bridge your back to the famous antic Galata Tower your face will be towards the great mosque at the shore, the Yeni Cami (new Mosque).
Walk the bridge. On your right is the Golden Horn and at the top of the hill on your right is the great Suleymaniye Mosque. On your left at far distance is Asia.
3- The place, where Yeni Cami is called Eminonu (Eminoenue) At your right is the Spice Market the Egyptian Market or in Turkish Misir Carsisi. This covered Basaar is a must to visit.
4- If you follow the tram line you will be soon at Sirkeci train station. It is the end station of the famous Orient Express.
5- Walk upwards to a smooth hill you will pass on your right infront of the famous "Supreme Pforte" The pentagone of Ottoman Empire.
6- walk beside the walls of great Gulhane park.
7- This route was once the parading route of mighty Byzanz and Ottoman armies.
8- At the end you will come to Sultan Ahmet Square. The hearth of ancient Byzanz, Costantinopolis and Istanbul.
9- On yor left you will be standing infront of the ancient and majestic Hagia Sophia. You will feel yourself as Emperor Justinianus.
10 On your left you will have the mile stone indicates that you are standing in the middle of the Earth. Many tourists do not know that. Byzanz, Costantinapolis and Ottoman Turkish Istanbul was once middle of the earth and ruling 3 continents and 7 seas.
12- Just opposite of Aya Sophia on your left you will see an enterence. This enterence is the entrence of sunken place or Cistern.
13- Just infront of Aya Sophia at the end of the park behind the fountain you will see the majestic mosque of Sultan Ahmet the Blue mosque. In the park you can visit the obelisque of ancient Egypt and rest of the coloum of serpentine (visit my Istanbul page)
14- If you stand infront of the entrence of Aya Sophia on your left is the great portal of Topkapi Place museum.
15- If you walk another 15 minutes you will following the tram line you will came ot the columm of Cenberlitash at the entrence of Grand Pazaar.
16- Now you are free on your own. have a good time in Istanbul
I saw a Besiktas match in September. I bought a ticket from the box office a couple hours before kickoff and there were also quite a few being sold on the street. I also went to a sold-out Fenerbahce match and bought a ticket on the street just before the match for only a little over face value. Don't pay those prices online. I don't remember what the face value was but it was WAY less than 145 EUR.
If you are into football(soccer), or just a fan of Besiktas FC or you just happen to pass from Besiktas football stadium have in mind that you can visit the museum of Besiktas FC right there, under one gate of the stadium. There's no entrance fee and you can see some of the trophies this team had won through the years and other memorabilia.
A few meters away is the official store of the team where you can buy tshirt, hats, balls, souvenirs etc all with the colors of Besiktas, black and white
I recommend to you go to Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM)Sport halls.
All around Istanbul you can find those sport halls and I give you
adresses and phone numbers and name of the places.
They have website but in turkish. www.ibbsporetkin.com
You can go those places and give very less money and swim.Most of them have olympic standart or half olympic (25m) swimming pool.Where willl you stay in Istanbul.I can give you closer swimming pool address.
Please see below the places;
Cemal Kamaci Spor Hall
Indoor swimming pool with olympic standart with 1250 seat
Address : Sark Kahvesi Bus stop /Okmeydani
Phone : +90 212 238 42 44
Faks : +90 212 238 42 47
Transport :you can go by those IETT (public) busses 85, 75E, 54A, 54HM, 54ÖR, 54T, 54A, 54E, 126,127, 500, 522
For public bus company schedule please wisit www.iett.gov.tr
Hamza Yerlikaya Sport Hall
Indoor swimming pool with olympic standart with 450 seat
Address : Sultançiftligi- Gaziosmanpasa
Phone : 0 212 594 66 40 / 594 24 70
Fax : 0 212 576 36 01
TRANSPORT: 32, 32A, 32T IETT BUS
Zeytinburnu Sport Hall
Indoor swimming pool with half olympic standart (25m) with five track
Addreds : Telsiz Mah. Prof. Muammer Aksoy Cd. No.15 Z.Burnu Stadi Yani. ZEYTINBURNU
Phone : 0 212 582 98 32
Fax : 0 212 664 78 49
Transport : 80, 80B, 80T, 93, 93B, 93T IETT BUS
Motor racing, etc.
Ticket HOTLINE +90 (0)216 556 98 00 or click HERE
I must give a mention to the wonderful support the Besiktas fans gave their team during Liverpool's Champions League Group match. The stadium rocked all night. Sadly as with most clubs there are a small minority who spoil the reputation so well earned by the vast majority.
Equipment: As with all European trips we take spare scarves and badges to swap.
When you check the photos of the stadium you can see it is located in the Dolmahce Palace.
In 1940's it was possible to conctarct a stadium in a palace garden :)
Alos this stadium named 3 times in it is all life.
1)Mithat pasha Stadium (ottoman period prime minister name)
2)Dolmabahce Stadium (name of the where is located
3)Inonu Stadium (This stadium constracted during his precidency)
Besiktas Inönü Stadium (Turkish: Besiktas Inönü Stadyumu) is the home of the football club Besiktas J.K. in Istanbul, Turkey. It is located in Dolmabahçe, close to the elegant Dolmabahçe Palace in the district of Beþiktaþ, on the European side of Istanbul. The stadium has a capacity of 32,145 (all-seater).
BJK Inönü Stadium was designed by Italian architect Paolo Vietti Violi, who collaborated with Turkish architects Sinasi Sahingiray and Fazil Aysu for preparing the project. The stadium, formerly known as the Dolmabahçe Stadium due to its vicinity to Dolmabahçe Palace, was inaugurated on 19 May 1947 by Ismet Inönü, the second President of Turkey, and Lütfi Kirdar, the Governor of Istanbul. Interestingly, the first goal in this 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 Besiktas JK.
According to the great football legend Pelé, BJK Inönü Stadium has the most beautiful view of any stadium in the world, is one of the world's most beautiful football venues, and is definitely the most beautiful stadium in Europe.
While seated on the tribunes of this stadium, one can see the Bosphorus, Dolmabahçe Palace, Dolmabahçe Clock Tower, Dolmabahçe Mosque, and the famous Kýz Kulesi (Maiden's Tower). It is the only stadium in the world from which a football fan can view two continents, Europe and Asia, which are separated by the Bosphorus.
Ali Sami Yen Stadi is the home of the football club Galatasaray SK in Istanbul, Turkey. It is named after the founder of the club, Ali Sami Yen. The stadium has a capacity of 24,990 (all-seater) and is situated in the Mecidiyeköy quarter of the Þiþli district at the center of the city.
Ali Sami Yen Stadium was inaugurated on December 14th, 1964, with a friendly game between Turkey and Bulgaria. Unfortunately, tragedy struck during the opening match: in one of the stands many people fell onto the first floor, which caused numerous injuries, but luckily none of them were fatal. Spotlights were added to the stadium in 1965, and night games began to be played (the lighting system was renovated in 1993). The stadium is made up of 2 identical lateral stands which are covered by a roof: the Numaralý (Numbered) stand, where the TV cameras are located; and the Kapali (Covered) stand, where the most fanatical team supporters usually view the games. The two other stands, behind the goal gates, are the Yeni Açýk (New Open), with 2 tiers, and the Eski Açik (Old Open), with the electronic scoreboard.
In the past, games were played in front of more than 40,000 spectators in this stadium, which is nicknamed "Hell" by Galatasaray's supporters because of its intimidating atmosphere and the enthusiastic support of the fans who often make mass use of torches, smoke, drums, flags and giant posters to create visual grandeur and apply psychological pressure on visiting teams. Ali Sami Yen is important for Galatasaray because it has seen many victories against renowned European football clubs, such as FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan, PSV Eindhoven, AS Monaco, Leeds United, Deportivo La Coruna, PSG, Rangers and many others.
Equipment: NEW ALI SAMI YEN STADIUM
The new stadium of Galatasaray S.K. will have a seating capacity for more than 52,000 spectators (Construction End Date: August 2009)Galatasaray will build a new stadium in the Seyrantepe quarter near Maslak financial district, the name of which has been changed to Aslantepe (Lion Hill) after Galatasaray purchased the ground; Aslan (Lion) being Galatasaray's symbol. The construction works of the new stadium will begin at the end of 2007. The new stadium will have a capacity of 52,500, making it the largest private stadium owned by a club in Turkey. It will also feature a mobile pitch and a hydraulic dome at the top which can be closed in case of rain or snow. There are also plans for building a shopping mall and residential units as part of the Aslantepe Project
Interior view of the new stadiumThe New Ali Sami Yen Stadium, also known as Aslantepe (Lion Hill) Arena, will be built in Seyrantepe, near Maslak financial district. The stadium's project was introduced to the Turkish press on May 11, 2007. It will have a fully retractable roof and a seating capacity for 52,000 spectators, excluding the seats of the VIP lounges. The stadium will also have its own subway station. Construction works are scheduled to be completed in 23 months.
Football.this is second religion of this country.If you are a men andspeak some turkish you can start to talk and open a conversation with talking about Last week what happened to GS(Galatasaray) or FB (FENERBAHCE) Half of The Turkish popl are man in Turkey and all them
are fan of 3 big team (BJK-BESIKTAS10 times Champion) (GS-GALATASARAY 16 Times Champion) (FB-FENERBAHCE 17 times champion) from Istanbul.
Another HERO and LEGENDARY team is (TS -TRABZON) first and only team could be champion in Turkish Super Leauge for 5 times.
I am a GS fan As you know and we start to see first GS TEMPLE in NEXT TIP.
ALI SAMI YEN
Equipment: For more in about turkish football history and turkish football go to web site of Turkish Football Federation TFF
see all Istanbul member meetings