Away Supporters guide to Fenerbahçe S. K. – F.S.F

Away Supporters guide to Fenerbahçe S. K. - F.S.F

 
Arsenal Insider is proud to be an affiliated member of the  Football Supporters Federation, in it’s October 2008 newsletter it reminded fans that it possesses a very valuable resource for fans travelling abroad, and I am happy to reproduce the information for fans who are travelling to Turkey after the week-end, so that their safety can be increased.
 

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Last year the FSF launched our ground guide which gives travelling fans info on wherever they’re heading, be it Sunderland or Southampton. Since then it’s come on leaps and bounds with information on around 160 clubs across seven tiers of English football. As is the case with these things though it is always going to be a work in progress – and that’s where you come in.
You know when your local is taken over and turns a bit rubbish, or when a fleapit is turned into an away friendly establishment which is well worth a visit. No sign of that chippy right next to the ground? Your boozer missing? That train doesn’t run anymore? Then tell us!
Football fans travel more than most and know how handy a bit local knowledge can be. Our guide covers everything you could possibly want to know and a bit more in some cases.
Fenerbahçe S. K.
History

My Revenge On Ben Foster

The ?ükrü Saraco?lu Stadium is named after Mehmet ?ükrü Saraco?lu, a politician and the fifth Prime Minister of Turkey as well as – arguably – a keen Fenerbaçe supporter. Practically for the club, he also was the Minister of Finances of Turkey before and spend a remarkable amount of time in this position by finding ways to enable Fenerbahçe the financing of a stadium. As a result, the club became the first club in Turkey to own a stadium in 1933.
The ?ükrü Saraco?lu Stadium was inaugurated in 1908 and was renovated in 1999 and again in 2006, increasing the capacity to today’s 50,500.
Basically, Fenerbahçe’s ground has gone through a complete rebuilding process that involved each stand being destructed and rebuilt one after the other. The Numaral? stand, now named the Fenerium stand, was the final stage of the construction. Every one of these stands is close to the pitch, getting the fan closer to the action on the field and making the trip even more intimidating for the visitor.

Away Supporters Information

Arsenal will be allocated 2,500 supporters tickets – Entrance Gate 35 & 36 Fenerbache expects to sell out before match day.
There are bars and restaurants around the immediate area of the stadium, they are predominantly used by Fenerbache fans, there are no specific away bars. There are food and drink kiosks available within the away segregated area and designated male and female toilets. The standard of these is adequate.There is no provision for fans without tickets to watch the game around the stadium. The game will be televised locally in bars.

General Ground Information

The ?ükrü Saraco?lu Stadium is named after Mehmet ?ükrü Saraco?lu, a politician and the fifth Prime Minister of Turkey as well as – arguably – a keen Fenerbaçe supporter. Practically for the club, he also was the Minister of Finances of Turkey before and spend a remarkable amount of time in this position by finding ways to enable Fenerbahçe the financing of a stadium. As a result, the club became the first club in Turkey to own a stadium in 1933.
The ?ükrü Saraco?lu Stadium was inaugurated in 1908 and was renovated in 1999 and again in 2006, increasing the capacity to today’s 50,500.
Basically, Fenerbahçe’s ground has gone through a complete rebuilding process that involved each stand being destructed and rebuilt one after the other. The Numaral? stand, now named the Fenerium stand, was the final stage of the construction. Every one of these stands is close to the pitch, getting the fan closer to the action on the field and making the trip even more intimidating for the visitor.
The ?ükrü Saraco?lu Stadium is located in the area of Kadiköy which is a large and populous cosmopolitan district in the Anatolian side of Istanbul and has a capacity of 50,509.
The area of Kadiköy is both a residential and commercial district. The area is home to many students as well as a number of foreign residents. There are numerous bars, restaurants, cinemas and bookshops – almost everything one might need for a good pre-match experience. This style of stadium has never before existed in Turkey, as the stands are usually separated from the pitch by a running track. Providing high quality facilities for both business and fans, including a museum, cinemas, pubs, restaurants and a shopping mall, this modern arena has rapidly become one of Europe’s elite football arenas and will also host the 2009 UEFA Cup Final.
If you reckoned to find Turkey’s biggest shop for sport articles somewhere in the city centre, you’re wrong! The biggest store for sport items is the Fenerbahçe fan shop “Fenerium” which is also to be found underneath the Maraton stand. 
The ground floor of the stadium on one side is a supermarket and VW car dealers.
The stadium is covered by an awning made of flexible waterproof canvass that provides cover for all seats.
The seated areas are all fronted by a 2 meter high fence that can collapse down to 1 meter high with a meter front catch net, very similar to those seen permanently fixed in place at Wembley.

Getting to the Ground (By Public Transport)

Transport is a major issue in Istanbul.
The stadium is built within very narrow roads, heavily populated by houses, flats and business premises. Traffic is a major problem in Istanbul, especially adjacent to the stadium.
The away section entrance is directly next to a dual carriageway, there is not an easy access route to this area by foot, if fans come by taxi’s etc they must be dropped off on the dual carriageway.
Arsenal will be providing coaches from the Besiktas Stadium in the European side from 1930 with a departure time of 2000, anticipated arrival 2100.
If fans do not use the coaches provided by Arsenal Football Club, access to the stadium will be very challenging.
The away section entrance is directly next to a dual carriageway, there is not an easy access route to this area by foot, police have said that if fans come by taxi’s etc they must be dropped off on the dual carriageway. There are alternative methods of transport:
·  Water taxi’s – to be taken to the Kadikoy Ferry – then there is a 30 minute walk to stadium.
·  Dolmus – yellow minibuses similar to taxis, however you have to wait until they are full.
·  Taxi’s – cost of 45 Turkish Lira approx £20 after 11pm double the cost, they work on meters and can get very expensive.
·  Public busses available although confusing, look for Kadikoy Ferry.
Transport away from the ground. After the match there will be a minimum 30 minute hold back maximum 1 hour, the same method of arrival will be available, coaches will be by the gates
Security Arrangements for entry. Coaches will drop off at the gates, fans having to step over the crash fencing. There is an initial ticket check on the road by stewards. Fans then step down onto a blue metal floor area, which is the entry to the tunnel (approx 100 feet, metal covered all over leads to turnstiles). At this point they are cursory searched by police prior to entering the tunnel.
Once they arrive at the turnstiles they produce their electronic ticket to secure entry. Once they go past the turnstiles they are met by police and are thoroughly searched by police. Prior to being allowed access to the stairs that leads up to the away section. This area is segregated from Fenerbache fans.
There is reserved seating, however the stewards will probably not enforce it. Flags will be allowed into the stadium.
After the match. Arsenal Fans will be held in for 30 minutes to 1 hour. There’ll be full access to toilets and refreshments whilst held in. Announcements will be in English.
Police Advice:
Black market tickets. It is not anticipated that there will be counterfeit tickets, but there will be tickets on sale on the black market. However you will probably end up in the Fenerbache area and some of these fans can be volatile which is why it is not recommended to purchase tickets in Istanbul.
If Arsenal fans are found in any other area they will be ejected unless in the designated away end. They will not be relocated in to the away area.
 
Safety & Security. Beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers around the city centre and especially on public transport. When out sightseeing only carry what you need, leave spare cash and valuable items in hotel safety deposits
Other Useful Info:
The Stadium will open at 17.30hrs.
There are alternative methods of travel:
• Water taxi’s – to be taken to the Kadikoy Ferry – then there is a 30 minute walk to stadium.
• Dolmus – yellow minibuses similar to taxis, however you have to wait until they are full.
• Taxi’s – cost of 45 Turkish Lira approx £20 after 11pm double the cost, they work on meters and can get very expensive.
• Public busses available although confusing, look for Kadikoy Ferry.

Getting to the Ground (By Car)

Traffic is a major problem in Istanbul, especially adjacent to the stadium. It is therefore not recommendable to come by car as parking near the ground is next to impossible.
Enjoy the game!
Fabregas the King

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