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SBD Global/January 16, 2013/Facilities

Istanbul Plans $900M In New Stadiums If It Wins Bid For 2020 Olympic Games

Three new regional Turkish stadiums will host Olympic football matches if Istanbul succeeds in its bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to David Owen of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The three 40,000-plus capacity venues -- in the cities of Ankara, Antalya and Bursa -- "are set to be completed" by the end of '15, and '13 in Bursa's case, at a combined cost of almost $900M. They are "joined in Turkey's Olympic plans by two existing 50,000-plus Istanbul venues" – the Kadıköy Stadium, "presumably the Şukru Saracoğlu Stadium" that hosted the 2009 UEFA Cup final and is home to Fenerbahçe; and the Seyrantepe Stadium, "which must be Galatasaray's Türk Telekom arena," completed in '11 (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 1/14).
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