Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium
Football is the most popular sport in Turkey and a way of life in Ankara. The Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium is the home of the Turkish capital's three main teams and the sporting heart for their fans. The stadium is named after the day Mustafa Kemal Ataturk began the Turkish War of Independence in Samsun and is currently the 13th biggest in the country.
The 19 Mayis Stadium can be effortlessly accessed on match days by staying at a nearby Hotel in Ankara. The Radisson Blu Hotel Ankara is just a short walk away and also allows guests to explore the Gençlik Parkı and Ulus Square.
The Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium was originally constructed in 1935 and can hold almost 20,000 fans in its five stands on match days. The three teams who play at the stadium compete at different levels in the Turkish leagues, with Gençlerbirliği S.K the most successful Ankara football team. Nicknamed 'the poppies' due to the colour of their strips, they have twice won the Turkish Cup in recent times as well as famously reaching the fourth round of the UEFA Cup in 2004.
The Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium has been included as a host venue in Turkey's bid to stage the 2016 European Championships. The stadium's vibrant atmosphere is renowned throughout the country, with a vast range of affordable tickets available for tourists to attend a match during their stay in Ankara.
Choosing your Hotel in Ankara
The Radisson Blu Hotel Ankara allows guests to experience the best the city's football teams have to offer as well as enjoying excellent transport links with other sporting stadia such as the Ankara Arena. Visitors will also be able to sample the excellent Mediterranean cuisine of the hotel's Loca restaurant and a post-game beverage in the stylish Kulis Café Bar.