AFL Architects has been working closely with the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) to lead the creation of Turkey’s bid dossier for UEFA Euro 2024.
The bid, described as “[Turkey’s] best ever” is being submitted to UEFA this week.
As well as production of the submission, the bid involves the review of 10 stadia in nine host cities across the country.
AFL’s specialist sports team is ensuring all stadia and associated infrastructure are compliant with UEFA regulations and can provide fans with the world-class hospitality for which the country is renowned.
The practice has been looking at the tournament readiness of seven stadia, and the major upgrade and design of three stadia for the tournament.
The delivery of these projects will represent the peak of the TFF’s investment in developing football within the country, from grassroots to professional level.
This is supported by a wider development strategy encompassing fan zones, transport, training venues and hotels, all designed to leave a sustainable, inclusive legacy for Turkey.
John Roberts, sports director, AFL Architects, said:
This partnership with the TFF is an exciting development for the practice. Our team has significant experience in the delivery of UEFA, FIFA and Olympic stadia and masterplans. Being involved at such an early stage of a major event is a fantastic opportunity, and one where we are able to demonstrate the full potential of our expertise.
The bid outlines Turkey’s vision for the major event, under the slogan, ‘BirliktePaylaşalım’: ‘Share Together’. This encapsulates the young, inclusive spirit of football that Turkey will showcase to an international audience – forming a bridge between Europe and the rest of the world.