Abdi Ipekci Sport Hall

Abdi İpekçi Arena, formerly known as Abdi İpekçi Sports Complex, is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Zeytinburnu district of İstanbul, Turkey, situated just outside of the ancient city walls in Yedikule. Opened in 1986 after many years of interrupted construction, it is named after the renowned Turkish journalist Abdi Ipekci.
The arena with an audience capacity of 11,500 is Turkey's largest one. It hosts national and international sports events such as basketball, volleyball, wrestling and weightlifting, concerts and congresses among others. The facility contains multi-faced visual scoreboard, six online-system counters, four locker rooms, two internet rooms and a press room, two multi-purpose offices, VIP rooms, etc. Its parking lot has a capacity of 1,500 cars.

The basketball teams of Efes Pilsen, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray play their league home matches since the 2005/2006 season in the Abdi Ýpekçi Arena. Some of the notable events, which took place in the arena are:
  • 1992 Euroleague Final Four
  • 1996 FIBA EuroStars
  • 1997 Girl Power! Live in Istanbul (The Spice Girls' first major concert)
  • 2001 European Basketball Championship Final phase
  • 2004 Eurovision Song Contest

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