Radisson Blu Hotel, Ankara

Ankara Arena

Ankara Arena has been one of Turkey's premier sporting venues since it's opening days of April 2010. The stadium was built for the 2010 FIBA World Championships and today it attracts sports fans from across the world. Owned by the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality it stands as an important sporting arena in the city and is mainly used for basketball matches and tournaments. It's 53,000 square meters provide it with a seating capacity of 10,400 and is the largest sporting venue in Turkey outside of Istanbul.

The Home of Turkish Basketball

Apart from the 2010 FIBA World Championship, Ankara Arena has hosted the 2011 World Wushu Championships, the 2013 European Junior Badminton Championship and the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women. Ankara Arena was built to replace the Atatürk Sport Hall and is now the home of the Turkish Basketball League clubs Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Türk Telekom Basketbol and Optimum TED Ankara Kolejliler. If you're a fan of basketball then this is definitely the arena for you.

A Design Icon

If you're visiting the arena you'll be treated to the sight of state of the art facilities and a design, which has made the building known throughout the design world. It's facade is covered in glass, providing a visual connection into the arena, and has different levels on the inside to provide views back over the city. Parking space is limited and this was a conscious decision in order to encourage spectator's to arrive by public transport. Ankara Arena is also home to various cultural activities and concerts. Elton John performed here in 2011 and the Turkish singer Tarkan has played concerts here, as well as Romanian artist Inna.

Getting to Ankara Arena

When staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ankara Arena is only a short 10-minute walk away. At our hotel in the Old Town of Turkey's capital you'll be treated to spacious rooms, panoramic vistas and a central location in the city. Attractions like Ankara Stadium and Gençlik Park are easily accessible from the hotel.