Vefa Stadium

Vefa Stadı (English: Vefa Stadium) (also named Karagümrük Stadı/Arena[1]) is a football stadium, home ground of Turkish Second League club Fatih Karagümrük,[6] located in Karagümrük,[7] Istanbul.[5]

Vefa Stadı
Former namesÇukurbostan Sahası[1][2]
LocationFatih, Istanbul
Coordinates41°1′40″N 28°56′20″E[3]
OwnerGençlik ve Spor Genel Müdürlüğü[4]
Capacity12,500 (all seated) [1][2]
6,500 (pre-construction)[5]
SurfaceGrass (Natural)[4][5]
Construction cost30.000.000 TRY[1]
Fatih Karagümrük
Vefa SK

Vefa Stadı is occasionally in use for the promotional play-off encounters in lower tier leagues, other sports including American Football[8] and for public holiday ceremonies.


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 (English: Fevzi Paşa Avenue), heading to Edirnekapı district of Fatih.[9] Due to the Byzantiumeferences, the cistern is built in AD 420, by praetorian prefect Aetius during the rule of Theodosius II (reigned between 408 – 450).[9] The cistern is 244x84 m. and 15 m. deeper than surface, surrounded by 15 m. high walls.[9] 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.


The renovation of stadium has begun to be conducted in 2007, with 30.000.000 TRY grand cost,[10] 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 66m2 VIP lodge, 6 normal lodges, and a 682 seats capacity VIP stand.[11] The project[12] also includes basketball, table tennis, and martial arts facilities.[13]

See also


  1. "Büyükşehir tarihi Karagümrük Stadı'nı spor kompleksine dönüştürüyor…" (in Turkish). 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  2. "Stadımız" (in Turkish). Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  3. "BKaragümrük (Vefa) Stadı (İstanbul)" (in Turkish). Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  4. "Vefa Stadı" (in Turkish). Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  5. "Stat Bilgileri: Vefa" (in Turkish). Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  6. "Vefa - Fatih Karagümrük" (in Turkish). Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  7. "Fatih Karagümrük Stadı, Istanbul" (in Turkish). Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  8. "Kulüpler Ligi Finali Vefa Stadı'nda!" (in Turkish). 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  9. "Vefa Stadı" (in Turkish). 2008. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  10. "Belediye'den Vefa Stadı'na vefa!." (in Turkish). 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  11. Kılıç, Yasin (2007-12-23). "Karagümrük Stadı spor kompleksine dönüştürülecek" (in Turkish). Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  12. "TKaragümrük Stadı Spor Kompleksi" (in Turkish). 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  13. "Tarihi Karagümrük Stadı kompleks oluyor" (in Turkish). 2007-12-23. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
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