Galatasaray inaugurate their new stadium with friendly against Ajax

January 16, 2011, Sunday/ 11:20:00

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.

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