|Cup match at Inönü Stadium between Beşiktaş and Antalyaspor in October 2008|
İnönü Stadı (1947–1952)
|place||Istanbul , Turkey|
|start of building||1939|
|opening||May 19, 1947|
|First game||November 27, 1947
Beşiktaş Istanbul - AIK Solna 3-2
|architect||Paolo Vietti Violi
|playing area||105 × 68 m|
The İnönü Stadı (or İnönü Stadyumu , German Inönü Stadium ) was the football stadium of the Turkish football club Beşiktaş Istanbul and was located in the center of the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul directly on the Bosphorus in the Beşiktaş district .
The stadium was named after the former president and co-founder of the Republic of Turkey, İsmet İnönü , and had a capacity of 32,086 seats. From 1947 to 1952 it was called İnönü Stadium. From 1952 to 1973 it was called Mithatpaşa Stadium . Since 1973 it has been referred to as İnönü Stadium again. It was also called Dolmabahçe Stadium because the Dolmabahçe Palace is in close proximity. In addition, the stadium was named Çarşı by many members of the Ultrà group in honor of the founder of the football department, Şeref Bey .
The Fi-Yapı İnönü Stadium was built by the architects Vietti Violi , Şinasi Şahingiray and Fazıl Aysu between May 19, 1939 and May 27, 1947. The stadium was opened with a friendly game between Beşiktaş Istanbul and AIK Solna on November 27, 1947. Beşiktaş won the game 3-2. Süleyman Seba scored the first goal in the stadium .
The city derbies of Beşiktaş Istanbul against Galatasaray Istanbul and Fenerbahçe Istanbul were held annually in the stadium . In June 1959, the two finals of Turkey's first national league championship took place there, which Fenerbahçe won 0-1 and 4-0 against Galatasaray.
In 1998 the stadium was leased to Beşiktaş Istanbul for 49 years and since then has been called BJK İnönü Stadyumu . In 2004 the playing field was lowered by 7 meters and the audience capacity increased from 21,000 to 32,086. On September 29, 2010, Beşiktaş Futbol Yatırımları Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş announced that the naming rights of the stadium were transferred to Fi-Yapı İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş for two years.
New stadium construction
In December 2012, despite financial burdens, the club decided to build a new football stadium on the site of the old venue. The demolition of the old stadium began with the symbolic start by club president Fikret Orman on June 2, 2013.
According to the original plans, the new building with 41,903 seats should be completed in August 2014 after a little over a year. Beşiktaş Istanbul initially wanted to move to the nearby Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadı of rival Kasımpaşa Istanbul during construction . After protests from Beşiktaş fans, it was decided to move to the Ataturk Olympic Stadium during the transition period .
The telecommunications company Vodafone Türkiye acquired the naming rights to the new home of Beşiktaş in June 2013 . The contract for the Vodafone Arena has a term of ten years, with an option for an additional five years, and a financial volume of 116 million US dollars .
In December 2013, the club assumed that the stadium would open on October 29, 2014 on Republic Day . This appointment could not be kept by far. In January 2015 they were still busy assembling the precast concrete elements on the grandstands.
The opening should take place on March 6, 2016, when Beşiktaş meets Eskişehirspor in the Süperlig on matchday 24 .
- Stadium on the association's homepage (English)
- Photos from Inonu Stadium (English)
- Vodafone Arena website (Turkish)
- bjk.com.tr: data on the stadium (English)
- stadiumdb.com: Istanbul: Beşiktaş given green light to rebuild stadium Article from December 9, 2012 (English)
- stadiumdb.com: New construction: First step for Beşiktaş demolition Article from June 3, 2013 (English)
- stadionwelt.de: New arena ready for next season? Article dated November 8, 2013
- stadiumdb.com: Istanbul: Controversial move by Beşiktaş, fans outraged article from July 15, 2013 (English)
- stadiumdb.com: Istanbul: Beşiktaş announces Vodafone Arena article from August 20, 2013 (English)
- stadionwelt.de: Opening date for the new Besiktas Stadium Article from December 16, 2013
- stadiumdb.com: construction site pictures (English)
- stadionwelt.de: Vodafone Arena: Opening in March Article from January 4, 2016