Karagümrük, Fatih - İstanbul - Turkey
GPS : 41°01'40.4"N 28°56'20.2"E / 41.027889, 28.938944
Karagümrük Stadium was initially used as a football home ground in 1926, in the middle of a dip garden waves from Byzantium Era, called Çukurbostan in Çukurbostan district of Fatih. Stadium is constructed in Aetius Cistern, on Fevzi Paşa Caddesi, heading to Edirnekapı district of Fatih. Due to the Byzantium references, the cistern is built in A.D. 420, by praetorian prefect Aetius during the rule of Theodosius II (reigned between 408 - 450).
The cistern is 244 x 84 m and 15 m deeper than surface, surrounded by 15 m high walls. Due to the archeological importance of the cistern, the walls had been protected at the initial stadium project.
The conversion had been started in 1926. In 1945, when the stadium construction was finalized, the tenant rights were taken over by Hasan Âli Yücel, an alumnus of Vefa Lisesi and former Minister of National Education, and given to by Vefa SK,an other football club of the district; as Stadium also was renamed Vefa Stadı.
Vefa Stadı (also named Karagümrük Stadı / Arena) is a football stadium, home ground of Turkish Regional Amateur League teams Fatih Karagümrük, located in Karagümrük, Istanbul. Vefa Stadı is occasionally in use for the promotional play-off enocunters in lower tier leagues, other sports including American Football and for public holiday ceremonies.
The renovation of stadium has begun to be conducted in 2007, consisting 11.722 seated 3 all-covered stands (including 7.648 behind the goal, 1.024 for away side and 24 seats for visitors), one 66 m2 VIP lodge, 6 normal lodges, and a 682 seats capacity VIP stand. The project also indludes basketball, table tennis, and martial arts facilities.
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