Opening its doors to public on 3 November 1947, the İnönü Stadium, which would eventually be replaced by the Vodafone Park, had been a symbol of Beşiktaş JK’s glorious years and a home to numerous Beşiktaş JK legends such as Süleyman Seba, Hakkı Yeten (Baba Hakkı), Sanlı Sarıalioğlu, Rasim Kara, Rıza Çalımbay as well as the unforgettable scoring trio of Metin-Ali-Feyyaz.
At the end of the 2012/13 season, Beşiktaş JK Management led by the Chairman Fikret Orman tore down the Inönü Stadium and started building the Vodafone Park on its place, using the Club’s own means.
After 1065 days, Turkey’s one and only smart stadium was completed and held its first game on 11 April 2016 when Beşiktaş hosted Bursaspor in a Turkish Super League action.
The official inauguration of the Black Eagle’s new shrine took place on 10 April 2016 and attended by the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, the Turkish State representatives, politicians, Beşiktaş JK Chairman Fikret Orman and the members of the Beşiktaş JK Council and Executive Board.
To help the fans experience a day to remember, Vodafone has equipped the new stadium with rich-content digital displays, which are commonly found in many modern stadiums today, along with broadband mobile and wireless networks. Different sized interactive HD screens installed all over the stadium are going to broadcast fan interviews, on-going promotions, game statistics and live scores from other matches on a non-stop basis. The WiFi service will ensure that smart phones can access the latest game information easily and without delay.
In addition to being home to Beşiktaş, the 42.000 seater, multi-purpose Vodafone Park is designed to function as an entertainment and fashion center. Throughout the year, it will host numerous concerts and fashion shows by famous artists and designers. In the meantime, the high-class restaurants, Beşiktaş JK Museum, Beşiktaş Shop and Vodafone Mobile Center located inside the stadium will offer top quality service to their visitors and customers at all times. In short, Beşiktaş JK's new stadium Vodafone Arena is going to be a hub of city activity not only during match days but on everyday of the year.