TURKEY – Abdi İpekçi Arena, formerly known as Abdi İpekçi Sports Complex, is a multi-purpose indoor arena that is located in the Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul, Turkey, situated just outside the ancient city walls, in Yedikule. Designed in 1979, and opened in 1989, after several years of interrupted construction, it is named after the renowned Turkish journalist Abdi İpekçi. The arena has an audience seating capacity of 12,270. It hosts national and international sports events, such as basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and weightlifting, as well as concerts and congresses, among other events. The facility contains a multi-faced visual scoreboard, six online-system counters, four locker rooms, two internet rooms, a press room, two multi-purpose offices, VIP rooms, etc. Its parking lot has a capacity of 1,500 cars. (source: wikipedia.org)
Abdi İpekçi Arena is going to be demolished the upcoming months as a new sports complex will take its place. The needs for a completely revamped venue for games and events is a necessity in Istanbul. Speaking to the press, Hidayet Türkoglu, President of thee Turkish Basketball Federation revealed information about the new multi-sports arena not forgetting thee great moments Turkish fans have experienced there.
Abdi İpekçi Arena hosted the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, a historic event for the contest’s history as for the first time the semi final was introduced. Ukraine won that contest. In this post you can also see a short BBC tribute to the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest edition. Turkey might have withdrawn due to objection to the basic EBU rules but one thing is for sure: we miss them!
For oikotimes.com that Eurovision edition was also historic as due to Peter and Vassilis, the website had it’s first on the spot experience in its 17th years online!