PanStadia & Arena Management Magazine is the undisputed world leader for the business of stadia, arenas, sporting events and venues on a global scale.

All posts tagged Turkey

Ulker Sports Arena gives up its secrets at Stadia & Arena Istanbul

Comments Off on Ulker Sports Arena gives up its secrets at Stadia & Arena Istanbul

Delegates at Stadia & Arena 2013 in Istanbul went on a behind the scenes tour as part of  the opening reception, in which Ulker Sports Arena insiders revealed some of the secrets of its successful first year. AEG staff explained the inner workings while those involved in its development held presentations.

Don Dethlefs from sports architect Sink Combs Dethlefs explained the arena’s flexibility:

The arena can curtain off the upper tier for more intimate shows with about 6,000-7,000 capacity. They can stage a 360 degree or 270 degree concert. A half-house divides the floor and is suitable for theatrical events. We worked with the Turkish engineer to get a roof truss that can hold 70 tonnes of equipment, enough for the biggest shows.

We designed the bowl for European basketball where the seats have to be further back. In the States we put them right up to the court. But here we raised the first tier up so that three rows can be added in front for NBA basketball while retaining great sightlines. We designed the locker and changing rooms, working with AEG, to accommodate smaller events as well as the larger.

DDG’s Jim Andreone painted the bigger picture. Based on the arena’s ability to stage many different types of events, it will become the anchor for the Alpella Youth City.

It’s an arena-anchored lifestyle city. The O2 in London and Staples Center and O2 World Berlin are precursors of this project but don’t have true retail. There will be an open air events plaza, 240-room hotel. Lifestyle normally means half of the mix is restaurants and cinemas.

To make that work, you need 200 events per year to get enough people to come to the arena zone. You also need a lot of space and Madison Square Gardens teaches us about underground parking – there are two levels here – and getting a lot of people in and out.

Andreone noted the 2,000 capacity training arena and the ability to hold two events simultaneously (recently a concert at the arena and a women’s basketball playoff at the mini arena) to bring the necessary numbers. Ulker Group is planning the correct programme mix before beginning construction.

Various companies who have contributed to Ulker Arena, from seating (all upholstered except for the retractable bleachers at one end), to incident management software to the removable court (turned over 27 times since opening), also made presentations.

AEG has filled the arena, which provides an eastern leg for major tours around Europe, with top concert acts and family shows to complement its basketball sport tenant.

 

Don Dethlefs

Don Dethlefs

Jim Andreone

Jim Andreone

 

Delegates at Stadia & Arena tour the building with AEG staff

Delegates at Stadia & Arena tour the building with AEG staff

IMG_6666

 

 

Mersin Med Games Stadium at the ready

Comments Off on Mersin Med Games Stadium at the ready

Mersin Stadium is at 90% physical completion. The 25,000 capacity stadium will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XVIIth Mediterranean Games (20-30 June) in Mersin, Turkey, and be home of football club Mersin Idman Yurdu Sports Club.

Developed by the Ministry of Sports and Youth as part of a national programme, the stadium meets UEFA standards. There are now 1,500 people working at the venue to prepare for the opening ceremony, with a further 2,000 working in the background to prepare materials and equipment.

Construction numbers include:

  • 80,000 cubic metres of concrete
  • 8,500 tonnes of construction iron
  • 4,000 tonnes of steel
  • 8,000 tonnes of precast elements
  • 200,000+ tonnes of aggregate

The stadium has 54 corporate suites, a multi-storey car park (1,300 cars), a police station, a medical centre, a restaurant and shops.

mersin stad2  mersin stadium

Istanbul 2020 Director of Sport to speak at Stadia & Arena in May

Comments Off on Istanbul 2020 Director of Sport to speak at Stadia & Arena in May

SAV_34AtasehirArenaVolleyball_Shot01_HR

Alp Berker, Director of Sport for Istanbul 2020 – the bid company for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games – will be the first speaker on the Wednesday morning session of Stadia & Arena Istanbul 2013.

The session will focus on Turkey’s burgeoning sports sector and Berker will outline Istanbul’s plans for the Olympics.

Istanbul’s plans for sports facilities is aligned with Turkey’s National Sports Plan, which is a wide-ranging, government programme that provides for an investment of $500 million annually in sports participation and development through low- or no-cost activities. This is complemented by a $1.77 billion government investment that will deliver 415 accessible, high-quality community and elite-level sports facilities and 24 new stadiums across Turkey by 2014.

Delegate registration…

Istanbul 2020 works on sport for all

Comments Off on Istanbul 2020 works on sport for all

Istanbul 2020 has been on the road to put the city’s case to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Meanwhile Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up an easy to use online visa issuing service for business and tourist visitors.

Istanbul 2020’s senior bid leadership has been in Lima for the 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All, stating that Turkey’s first ever Olympic and Paralympic Games will be the catalyst for a huge rise in mass sport participation, particularly among the nation’s 31 million young people under the age of 25.

The Istanbul 2020 Chairman, Hasan Arat said:

Istanbul 2020 can be a bridge to an historic impact for the Olympic Movement and the young people of Turkey. Nearly 50% of Turkey’s population is under 25 and we produce around 700,000 university graduates every year. Our Games will provide them with a generation of opportunities across the sports sector, and they are ready to take up the baton for the Olympic Movement. An Olympic and Paralympic Games in Istanbul in 2020 really will mean, Sport for All.

The Istanbul 2020 delegation was seeking to share best practices to support the National Sports Plan: a wide-ranging, transformative government programme that provides for an investment of $500 million annually in sports participation and development through low- or no-cost activities. This is being complemented by a $1.77 billion government investment that will deliver 415 accessible, high-quality community and elite-level sports facilities and 24 new stadiums across Turkey by 2014.

A delegation also recently visited the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). In a speech, IPC President Xavier Gonzales expressed his belief in Turkey’s capability to successfully deliver the Games if awarded the rights.

Mehmet Baykan, General Director of Sports, stated that the preparations were proceeding step-by-step and said

We had previously submitted our Bid Book to the authorities. Today we submitted it to the IPC. We have major goals in realizing Istanbul 2020 and we are making great preparations in this regard. It is a great pleasure to be here on behalf of our country. We learned from this meeting that İstanbul has a very distinct position in terms of Paralympic Committee.

Timsah Arena is one of the many new stadiums in development and construction in Turkey. Photo credit: Bursaspor.

Timsah Arena is one of the many new stadiums in development and construction in Turkey. Photo credit: Bursaspor.

Easier travel to Turkey with online visa

Comments Off on Easier travel to Turkey with online visa

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up an easy to use online visa issuing service. Business and tourist visitors to Turkey can enter their details and pay the visa fee by credit card before printing out the visa on a home printer.

The e-Visa replaces the ‘sticker visa’ issued at the borders. Speaking at the launch press conference, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu emphasised that e-Visa is a revolutionary application and there is no other country which is implementing this system on the scale that Turkey is implementing it.

Delegates planning to visit the Stadia & Arena conference in Istanbul in May have already reported that the online application is very straightforward to use.

Foreign Minister Davutoğlu said that the system will increase the productivity of Turkish businessmen by facilitating the travel of other countries’ businessmen to Turkey. It is expected that 7.5 million foreigners will travel to Turkey with the e-Visa per year.

Visit www.evisa.gov.tr to make an e-Visa application or to get further information.