Galatasaray inaugurate their new stadium with friendly against Ajax
After bidding farewell to its legendary Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Galatasaray moved into their new temple Türk Telekom Arena with a friendly against Ajax Saturday night.
The match ended scoreless.
Before the match there was a spectacular audio-visual show that featured a dance show from Canada and a concert by Turkish pop star Kenan Doğulu.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and several cabinet members attended the grand opening ceremony.
The Arena, which unlike many stadiums rests on a hill, has a capacity to hold 52,467 spectators. It is 190m in width and 228m in length. The arena which was sponsored by Turkey's only fixed line operator Türk Telekom, has a huge parking lot for 4,500 vehicles and a subway connection.
The arena will not just host Galatasaray's games but also other events like concerts and shows.