Atatürk Olympic Stadium


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Anthony Joy

Match: Besiktas v Arsenal - Champions League qualifier 19/08/14

Published: 21/8/2014


Getting There & Parking

Arsenal laid on coaches from Sultanahmet to the Ataturk stadium which then had to battle through the very heavy Istanbul traffic (There is traffic everywhere!). 


The stadium is a good 20km outside the city centre (closer to the airport). Once there, there is plenty of parking but I don’t know if you have to pre book or how much it costs.  Worthy of note is the terrain in the car parks; they are not concrete but a mix of gravel and dust.  It is uneven, with more craters than potholes. 


I was told some fans took the metro to the stadium but Im not sure how far the station was or if it was accessible. 

If you do drive, ensure you leave at least 90mins to get to the stadium. Id suggest asking your hotel to arrange a transfer potentially in a WAV.  It may cost 40Euro each way though due to the traffic.


Getting a Ticket

Our tickets were arranged through Arsenal and I sat with the other travelling Arsenal fans.


Spectator Viewing areas

There are signed disabled entrances wide enough for a wheelchair to enter.  Level approach but please note the comment above about the terrain elsewhere.


There are wheelchair spaces set out along the back row of the lower tier of the stadium.  My ticket was number 346 so I imagine the spaces go all the way around. Anyone sitting with the wheelchair user would sit/stand in the row in front.  There are no seats side by side.  


The view was good but given the small number of travelling fans the section wasn’t sold out so there was plenty of space. If the section is full and someone stands in front there will definitely be an obstruction of your view.


If you are seated behind either goal you are open to the elements completely (sun & rain). Also if the wind gets up, it could be cold as there is no protection.



There was an accessible toilet in with the main toilets BUT don’t expect much.  Its one of them ceramic hole in the ground in a larger cubicles. No handles. Hygiene and cleanliness were totally absent.



There is a kiosk/service counter in the block we were in.  You can wheel straight to it but the counter is high. 


Istanbul in general

Have to say I loved the place but its not great for wheelchair users in some aspects, but others its fine.

I found getting a hotel a little difficult but eventually got a room up near Taksim Square. 


The main 2 areas are Taksim & Sultanahmet. Taksim is in the newer part of the city with more accessible transport options. Sultanahmet has more of the tourist sights (eg Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace).  As its the older part of town, the terrain has lots of the dreaded cobbles.  But there are dropped kerbs in most areas.


If staying in Taksim I suggest taking the Fenicular down to Kabatas. Take the lift nearest the big Turkish flag and access through the wheelchair gate.  Disabled travellers DONT have to pay and the guard will let you pass, however any one accompanying you DOES have to.  Its 4TL which is just over £1 per journey, or cheaper if you get a travel card. At Kabatas, take the lift to the Tram and take it to Sultanahmet.  Access to/from the platform is level and the raised tram platforms have ramps down. The trams are always packed but dont be put off.  The crowd will move; just be assertive and you'll be fine.  Which side you exit or enter differs from stop to stop.


The main tourist sights have some access but the queues are long.  The boat trips along the Bosphurus are accessible if you dont mind getting lifted on/off.


Istanbul severly lacks accessible toilets anywhere. I didnt find one.

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