The Fenerbahçe Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadium is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s elite football arenas. Fenerbahçe’s huge investments in top quality facilities since President Aziz Yıldırım’s election has been much appreciated by players and fans alike and the stadium has been the major part in this.
The Fenerbahçe Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadium is going through a complete rebuilding process which involves each stand being destructed and rebuilt one after the other. So far, the “Açik” stands (located behind the goals) and “Maraton” stand have been rebuilt. The “Numaralı” stand will be ready for the 2005-2006 season. Every one of these stands have been built closer to the pitch, getting the fan closer to the action on the field.
This style of stadium has never before existed in Turkey, as the stands are usually separated from the pitch by a running track. The latest stand to have been completed is the Maraton stand. The VIP section can hold 11,000 spectators. This stand includes “Box Offices” which have all been rented out from the club. These Box Offices, equipped with TV’s, Internet, work areas, dining facilities and many other luxuries, are the first of their kind in Turkey. With each the Açık stands having a 10,500 capacity, the current total capacity of the stadium is 52,000. When the whole construction is completed, this will rise to 62,000.
Without a doubt, the Saraçoğlu, or commonly referred to as Kadıköy is the best footballing arena.