The Atatürk Olympic Stadium was opened in 2002 and built as part of Turkey’s failed bid for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. The stadium hosted the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final between A.C. Milan and Liverpool, known to Liverpool fans as the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’ after they turned around a 3-0 half-time score, to draw 3-3 and win the match on a penalty shoot-out.
The stadium is named after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey and has been the temporary home of Süper Lig sides İstanbul Başakşehir F.K., Galatasaray and Beşiktaş J.K. whilst their homes were renovated or constructed.
The stadium was due to host the 2020 and then 2021 UEFA Champions League Final, however these both were moved to Portugal due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Instead the venue was awarded the 2023 UEFA Champions League Final.
Location & Travel to Atatürk Olympic Stadium
The Atatürk Olympic Stadium is located on the northern edge of Istanbul, approximately 20 kilometre from the centre.
Airport – Istanbul Airport is a brand new airport which will become one of the busiest in Europe, serving many international destinations. The airport is currently only reachable by bus, however it will eventually become linked to the Istanbul Metro.
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Driving – The Atatürk Stadium is located just off the E80, which runs off the O-3 from the centre of the city.
Metro – The M3 line serves Olimpiyat station, which lies directly next to the stadium. Travelling from central Istanbul will likely require a change of metro lines.