Turkey club Galatasaray home capacity rise



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The Turkish professional football club Galatasaray S.K. Board Member Bora Bahçetepe stated that plans have been drawn out to increase the capacity of the Galatasaray residence – the Nef Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.

‘SPOR ARENA’ stated that the greater scheme of things also include the overall refurbishment of the facility.

Galatasaray Spor Kulübü, also known as Galatasaray AŞ in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) competitions, is a Turkish professional football club based on the European side of the City of Istanbul.

The Nef Stadium is a football stadium serving as the home ground of the Süper Lig club Galatasaray S.K. It is located in the Seyrantepe quarter of the Sarıyer district, on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey. The all-seater stadium has the capacity to host 52,280 spectators during football games.

The Süper Lig, officially known as Spor Toto Süper Lig for sponsorship reasons, is a Turkish professional league for association football clubs. It is the top-flight of the Turkish football league system and is run by the Turkish Football Federation.

Nyon, Switzerland-based the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is one of six continental bodies of governance in association football. It governs football, futsal and beach football in Europe and the transcontinental countries of Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kazakhstan, as well as some Asian countries such as Israel, Cyprus and Armenia. The UEFA consists of 55 national association members. Because of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the FIFA and UEFA suspended all Russian national teams and clubs from any FIFA and UEFA competitions.

‘SPOR ARENA’ quoted Bahçetepe as stating that they got permission from the UEFA to increase the capacity of the stadium – “If the venue can make room for spectators to stand behind the goal area, the stadium capacity will increase by 8,000-10,000. The UEFA has already given their go-ahead and now we need to get the green light from the Turkish Football Federation and the police.”

The Turkish Football Federation is the governing body of association football in Turkey. It was formed on April 23rd, 1923, and joined FIFA the same year and the UEFA in 1962. It manages the Turkey national football team, the Turkish Football League and the Turkish Cup.

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