The 15,000 seat multi-purpose arena is home to Fenerbache Ülker men’s and women’s basketball teams and is the centerpiece of a 14.1-acre community-focused retail and mixed-use development in Alpella Youth City, in the heart of the Asian side of Istanbul.
A world-class fan experience was the primary driver with the arena is stocked full of special features including an array of premium seating and amenities, including VIP lounges, luxury suites, bunker lounges, a ‘dine and view’ restaurant overlooking the arena and an overlook to the open-air events plaza.
The athletes’ performance is at the heart of the project, with a state-of-the-art training facility with therapy rooms, Jacuzzi, plunge pool and health and fitness areas. Drawing community visitors beyond the game day experience to be true 365 day a year entertainment destination, the development is home to diverse mix of shops, cinemas, a food bazaar, restaurants, cafes, and a family entertainment center.
The Ülker arena was designed and constructed on top of an old landfill. After great debate and thorough tests the property was deemed clear of any environmental risks. This method of reclamation provided the community with a new avenue for entertainment that was affordable and sustainable.
Brian Kabatznick, Vice President, Business Development AEG Facilities – Europe