April 04, 2011

Residences, offices to replace Istanbul's Ali Sami Yen Stadium

A joint venture including the Aşçıoğlu and Kapıcıoğlu companies will complete the construction work of three blocks in Mecidiyeköy, a central Istanbul neighborhood, by May 2014, Aziz Torun, chairman of Torunlar, said Thursday at a press conference.


Some 36 Galatasaray supporters were given a last chance to play an exhibition match on Jan. 13 to mark the 47-year-old stadium’s final day before it is demolished. The team played all its group and qualification matches for the 2000 UEFA Cup at the stadium before winning the title in the final in Copenhagen – one of the biggest successes in the history of Turkish football.

“Mecidiyeköy will gain a square with this new project. We are losing a stadium but gaining a green area as large as three stadiums,” he said, noting that the general outlook is like a city center, “which are ignored these days.”

The builders also plan to include an Ali Sami Yen museum, a facility to collect the memories of the founder of the club, who gave his name to the stadium.

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