- Address: Istanbul
- Country: Turkey
- Capacity: 75,000
- Opened: 31 July 2002
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Fatih Karagümrük (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. The venue, which opened as the largest stadium by capacity in Turkey, was built for Turkey’s failed bid for the Games of the Olympiad. It is named after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of Turkey. Several football clubs played home games at the stadium. The national football team of Turkey played numerous home games at the Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadyumu.
Fatih Karagümrük and Galatasaray
Fatih Karagümrük use the Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadyumu for home games. The football club was founded in 1925. They were promoted to the Turkish top-flight football league several times. 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. Galatasaray, the first Turkish football team with 10 million followers on its main social media page, also became the first Turkish football club with 20 top-flight league titles. In 2000, they won the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. Galatasaray also won the Turkish top-flight football league and the Turkish cup tournament that year.
The first-ever UEFA Champions League final at the Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadyumu
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 UEFA Champions League final after defeating AC Milan after penalties. 72,000 people showed up for the final. Liverpool FC won the European championship for football clubs four times before they won the tournament in 2005.