Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadyumu
* Address: Istanbul
* Country: Turkey
* Capacity: 76,000
* Opened: 31 July 2002
* Main use: Football
Extra stadium info – Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadyumu
The construction of the Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadyumu, which is also known as a venue for athletics and concerts, started in 1999. It was built for Turkey’s failed bid for the Games of the Olympiad. The stadium is named after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of Turkey. The stadium’s record attendance was set in July 2002, when 79,000 people showed up for a football match between Galatasaray and Olympiacos. Galatasaray played various matches at the Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadyumu. They became the first Turkish football team with 10 million followers on their main social media page. Galatasaray also became the first Turkish football club with 20 top-flight league titles.
In 2005, the stadium hosted the UEFA Champions League final between AC Milan from the Italian Republic and Liverpool FC from the United Kingdom. AC Milan reached the final after defeating PSV from Eindhoven and Liverpool FC reached the final after defeating Chelsea from London. Liverpool Football Club won the tournament after defeating AC Milan after penalties. 72,000 people showed up for the UEFA Champions League final. Liverpool FC won the European championship for football clubs four times before they won the tournament in 2005.