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Since the Byzantine and Roman periods, Istanbul is home to many sports activities; host football, basketball, voleyball and various motor races today. The biggest in the league Turkey ; Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray in Istanbul.[1][2] As well as Anadolu Efes, Galatasaray Medical Park, Fenerbahçe Ülker and Beşiktaş in basketball and Eczacıbaşı, Galatasaray Daikin, Beşiktaş Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi, Fenerbahçe and Vakıfbank Türk Telekom in voleyball and Beşiktaş in handball and in wheelchair basketball Beşiktaş RMK Marine and Galatasaray teams like the city's major clubs.

Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi Türk Telekom Arena, Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı and Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadı are in the UEFA five-star stadiums ve Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı, hosted the 2005 UEFA Champions League Finals. [3] Likewise Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadı hosted 2009 UEFA Cup Final.

Which is the most important Veliefendi Hippodrome racecourse is home to the city's major races.

2012-2013 Season Club, in which the leagues, stadiums and sport hallsEdit


Süper Lig

Club Stadium Capacity Year Of Establishment
İstanbul BŞB Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadyumu 82.576 1990
Galatasaray Türk Telekom Arena 52.650 1905
Fenerbahçe Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadyumu 50.530 1907
Beşiktaş BJK İnönü Stadyumu 32.145 1903
Kasımpaşa Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stadyumu 14.234 1921

First League

Club Stadium Capacity Year Of Establishment
Kartalspor Kartal Stadyumu 15.000 1949

Second League

Club Stadium Capacity Year Of Establishment
Sarıyer Yusuf Ziya Öniş Stadyumu 10.000 1940
İstanbul Güngörenspor Mimar Yahya Baş Stadyumu 7.589 1983
Pendikspor Pendik Stadyumu 4.000 1950
Gaziosmanpaşaspor Gaziosmanpaşa Stadyumu 4.000 1965
Tepecikspor Tepecik Belediye Stadyumu 3.000 1988
Bayrampaşaspor Çetin Emeç Stadyumu 2.500 1959
Eyüpspor Eyüp Stadyumu 2.500 1919

Third League

Club Stadium Capacity Year Of Establishment
Sancaktepe Belediyespor Hakan Şükür Stadyumu 7.000 2008
Fatih Karagümrük Vefa Stadyumu 6.500 1926
Beylerbeyi Beylerbeyi 75. Yıl Stadyumu 5.500 1903
Anadolu Üsküdar 1908 Beylerbeyi 75. Yıl Stadyumu 5.500 1908
Maltepespor Maltepe Hasan Polat Stadyumu 5.000 1923
İstanbulspor Bahçelievler İl Özel İdare Stadyumu 4.350 1926
Silivrispor Silivri Stadyumu 3.000 1957
Ümraniyespor Ümraniye Belediye İlçe Stadyumu 655 1938


Beko Basketbol Ligi

Club Stadium
Anadolu Efes Ayhan Şahenk Spor Salonu
Beşiktaş Abdi İpekçi Arena
Fenerbahçe Ülker Ülker Sports Arena
Galatasaray Medical Park Abdi İpekçi Arena


Club Stadium
Beşiktaş BJK Akatlar Arena
Fenerbahçe Ülker Sports Arena
Galatasaray Abdi İpekçi Arena
İstanbul Üniversitesi B.G.D. Prof. Dr. Turgay Atasü Spor Salonu


Club Stadium
Beşiktaş RMK Marine Süleyman Seba Spor Salonu
Galatasaray Ahmet Cömert Spor Salonu


Acıbadem Bayanlar Voleybol 1. Ligi

Club Stadium
Bakırköy Belediyesi Yeşilyurt Yeşilyurt Spor Salonu
Beşiktaş Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi BJK Akatlar Arena
Eczacıbaşı Vitra Eczacıbaşı Spor Salonu
Fenerbahçe Burhan Felek Spor Salonu
Galatasaray Daikin Burhan Felek Spor Salonu
Sarıyer Belediyesi Spor Kulübü Sarıyer Spor Salonu
Vakıfbank Türk Telekom Burhan Felek Spor Salonu

Acıbadem Erkekler Voleybol 1. Ligi

Club Stadium
Fenerbahçe Grundig Burhan Felek Spor Salonu
Galatasaray Burhan Felek Spor Salonu
İstanbul BŞB Haldun Alagaş Spor Salonu


Türkiye Erkekler Hentbol Süper Ligi

Club Stadium
Beşiktaş Süleyman Seba Spor Salonu
Yeditepe Spor Hakkı Başar Spor Salonu

Türkiye Kadınlar Hentbol Süper Ligi

Club Stadium
Maltepe Belediyesi Gençlik Spor Yakacık İTO Spor Salonu
Üsküdar Belediyesi Spor Haldun Alagaş Spor Salonu


Largest city in EuropeEdit

Is Istanbul the largest city in Europe?? Or is it London. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:02, 4 October 2019 (UTC) When the map is blown up to full-screen, the marker and label for Istanbul are not visible (00:01 UTC 23 July 2020) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:12, 22 July 2020 (UTC)

Outdated District Map in Administration ChapterEdit

That wonderful map showing the borders of the province districts (and naming them) in the Administration chapter seems to be outdated. The neighborhoods/boroughs of Maslak, Ayazağa and Huzur became a part again of the Sariyer district in 2012. They used to form an enclave under the jurisdiction of the Şişli district. [1] [2]

Malconcheli1 (talk) 20:06, 26 July 2020 (UTC) Best regards, Malconcheli

Semi-protected edit request on 29 August 2020Edit

Dear editors, Greetings. Istanbuls official website is not as your external links section describes. This is a commercial website and information is not accurate. We have following websites for governship: for municipality: and for museums: , your readers can reach unbiased and official information from these sources. I wish you, your teams and your loved ones health and safety. Best, Cem Akat (Mr.) Senior I.T. officer of Directorate of Istanbul Tourism And Culture Department. (Redacted) Cemakat (talk) 10:54, 29 August 2020 (UTC)

  DoneThjarkur (talk) 09:52, 30 August 2020 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 28 September 2020Edit

Hello again dear editors of Wiki. Before i suggested a website link for Istanbul(en) Wiki page about our new official museum page ( for our city. But its rejected due to conflict of interest worry from your side. This site and none of its pages are commercial or serve any ad, and since its being newly published and have small authority online its hard for you to accept the edit i assume. Please note In my first edit request of Istanbul(en) Wiki i was meant to put link at the bottom of your page with external links category. Aside please let me know how can i prove you that i am an editor at Istanbul Directory of Culture and Tourism. Please review Istanbul (tr) Wiki to give you some idea.. Thank you team. :) Cemakat (talk) 18:18, 28 September 2020 (UTC)

  Not done. The site is not the official website of the city, nor does it qualify under WP:ELYES. It is not written in a neutral POV, but serves to promote tourism in the city, which is not what this article is for. Also, please review the conflict of interest guideline and disclose any relationship you may have with the subject.  Ganbaruby! (Say hi!) 03:07, 29 September 2020 (UTC)
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