Sinan Erdem Dome
Name: Sinan Erdem Dom
Address: Olimpiyat Evi Yani Atakoy / Istanbul
Year of construction: 2010 (1987)
Capacity: 15’500 (22’500)
Games: Eight Finals onwards
Once the group stages finish, all eyes will be on the newly completed Sinan Erdem Dom, which will be the venue for all remaining games. Ranked among the largest indoor arenas in Europe, the Sinan Erdem Dome, as it is known in Turkey, will provide the perfect setting as the latter stages of the Championship unfold.
This venue, which has plenty of “behind the scenes” working space is also ideally suited to welcome the large number of accredited persons covering the Championship, providing great working conditions for even the most demanding journalists and media representatives.
This gargantuan arena, named after the late Sinan Erdem, President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey, will live on beyond the end of the 2010 FIBA World Championship, as it will begin to prepare for two more massive events of the world sports calendar, hosting the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships and the FINA Short Course Swimming Championships in 2012.
But rest assured that first someone has to be crowned the World Champion, and the Sinan Erdem Dom will provide the perfect setting for what promises to be a breathtaking knock-out round of the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Abdi Ipekci Arena
Name: Abdi Ipekci Spor Salonu
Address: 10. Yıl Caddesi, Kazlıçeşme / Istanbul
Year of construction: 1986
Games: Group B with Brazil, Croatia, Iran, Slovenia, Tunisia and USA
Located in the Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul, the Abdi Ipekci Arena, which is the oldest venue of the Championship, has a proven track record, having previously hosted many top level and international games, including the 2001 EuroBasket Final.
Named after murdered journalist and human rights activist Abdi Ipekci, this 12’500 seat arena has undergone a make-over that will ensure it is able to accommodate the massive interest and following of the USA, who will play their group games there.
The Abdi Ipekci Arena is home to Turkish National League sides Efes Pilsen, Fenerbahce Ulker, and Galatasaray, while it also hosted the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest and is frequently used for concerts and congresses.