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Atatürk Olympic Stadium
Atatürk Olimpiyat
Full name Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadyumu
Owners Republic of Turkey
Location Başakşehir, Istanbul, Turkey
Broke ground 28 November 1997
Built 1997–2002
Opened 31 July 2002
Tenants İstanbul BB (2007–2014)
Galatasaray S.K. (2003–2004)
Turkey national football team
Beşiktaş J.K. (2013–present)
Capacity 80,597 (2002–2005)
76,092 (2005–present)
Field dimensions 105 x 68 m
Highest attendance 76,127 (BeşiktaşGalatasaray, 23 Sep 2013)

Atatürk Olympic Stadium located in İkitelli, a district in the western outskirts of Istanbul, is the largest-capacity stadium of Turkey. The stadium is named after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey. Its construction began in 1999 and was completed in 2002. It was built for Turkey's failed bid for the 2008 Olympic Games that were ultimately awarded to Beijing. It cost about 140 million USD.

With its 76,092 (all-seater) capacity and Olympic size, it was granted the "5-star sports complex" title by the UEFA in 2004, enabling it to host the finals of UEFA events. The 2005 UEFA Champions League Final between Milan and Liverpool was played at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium on 25 May 2005. The stadium is also certified by the IAAF and IOC as a first-class venue for track and field, and has hosted several European athletic competitions.

Galatasaray played its home games at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium during the 2003–2004 football season, due to the renovation of their own venue, the Ali Sami Yen Stadium, and this was criticized by other teams. Galatasaray eventually returned to Ali Sami Yen for the 2004–2005 season, but played 2006–2007 UEFA Champions League group stage matches at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium. Sivasspor also played some of its Süper Lig home games at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium due to the bad weather conditions in their original hometown stadium. Istanbul BB, also of the Süper Lig, play all their home games in the venue. Beşiktaş will use the arena to play their home games for the 2014-15 season, with their reasoning being the same as Galatasary's, with their own ground, the Vodafone Arena, scheduled to undergo renovation.

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Süper Lig 2020-21 stadiums

4 Eylül Stadium · Antalya Stadium · Bahçeşehir Okulları Stadium · Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadium · Çaykur Didi Stadium · Bornova Stadium · Denizli Atatürk Stadium · Eryaman Stadium · Gaziantep Stadium · Kadir Has Stadium · Konya Büyükşehir Stadium · Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadium · Şenol Güneş Stadium · Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium · Türk Telekom Stadium · Vodafone Park · Yeni Malatya Stadium

UEFA Champions League final stadiums

1956: Parc des Princes · 1957: Santiago Bernabéu · 1958: Heysel Stadium · 1959: Neckarstadion · 1960: Hampden Park · 1961: Wankdorf Stadium · 1962: Olympisch Stadion · 1963: Wembley Stadium · 1964: Prater Stadium · 1965: San Siro · 1966: Heysel Stadium · 1967: Estádio Nacional · 1968: Wembley Stadium · 1969: Santiago Bernabéu · 1970: San Siro · 1971: Wembley Stadium · 1972: De Kuip · 1973: Red Star Stadium · 1974: Heysel Stadium · 1975: Parc des Princes · 1976: Hampden Park · 1977: Stadio Olimpico · 1978: Wembley Stadium · 1979: Olympiastadion · 1980: Santiago Bernabéu · 1981: Parc des Princes · 1982: De Kuip · 1983: Olympic Stadium · 1984: Stadio Olimpico · 1985: Heysel Stadium · 1986: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán · 1987: Prater Stadium · 1988: Neckarstadion · 1989: Camp Nou · 1990: Prater Stadium · 1991: Stadio San Nicola · 1992: Wembley Stadium · 1993: Olympiastadion · 1994: Olympic Stadium · 1995: Ernst-Happel-Stadion · 1996: Stadio Olimpico · 1997: Olympiastadion · 1998: Amsterdam Arena · 1999: Camp Nou · 2000: Stade de France · 2001: San Siro · 2002: Hampden Park · 2003: Old Trafford · 2004: Arena AufSchalke · 2005: Atatürk Olympic Stadium · 2006: Stade de France · 2007: Olympic Stadium · 2008: Luzhniki Stadium · 2009: Stadio Olimpico · 2010: Santiago Bernabéu · 2011: Wembley Stadium · 2012: Allianz Arena · 2013: Wembley Stadium · 2014: Estádio da Luz · 2015: Olympic Stadium · 2016: San Siro · 2017: Millennium Stadium · 2018: NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium · 2019: Wanda Metropolitano · 2020: Atatürk Olympic Stadium · 2021: Krestovsky Stadium · 2022: Allianz Arena · 2023: Wembley Stadium

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