Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium - Genclerbirlibi Stadium Guide

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Last Updated: July 13, 2021

Aerial view of Manisa 19 Mayis Stadium

Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium is the home ground of Gençlerbirligi S.K. who currently play football in the Turkish Süper Lig. Located in the capital and second largest city in the country, Ankara, the 19,219 capacity stadium first opened back in 1935 with significant redevelopment occurring since.

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Stadium Facts

Overview
Team:Genclerbirlibi
Opened:1935
Capacity:19,219
Address: Anafartalar, Cumhuriyet Cd, Ankara, 06050

Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium History

Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium was constructed over a two year period between 1934 and 1936 as part of a wider sports complex within the Ulus district of Ankara. The stadium’s name commemorates the 19th May 1919 which saw Mustafa Kemal Atatürk arrive at Samsun to start the Turkish War of Independence.

The original stadium was designed by Italian architect Paolo Vietti-Violi in 1931 to invoke a sense of national pride, and thus compared to other municipally owned stadiums it has been described as being “grandiose”.

Used predominantly for football, the ground is currently home to rivals MKE Ankaragücü and Gençlerbirligi S.K, and was previously home to Hacettepe who have traditionally graced the lower tiers of Turkish football.

The highest level of football played at Ankara 19 May?s to date is arguably been qualification matches of the UEFA Cup. Both of the current tenants, have participated in the competition although neither have made it to the group stages. Gençlerbirligi came closest during the 2003/2004 season when they defeated Blackburn Rovers, Sporting CP, and Parma before falling at the last hurdle against Valencia CF in the fourth and final qualification round.

As for the future of Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium there have been plans since at least February 2010 to replace it entirely with new facilities. Located on the current site, albeit in a slightly different position, the new Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium will be fully covered, and capable of seating 20,600 supporters. Like its predecessor it will also be constructed within the heart of a wider sporting complex.

How to get to Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium

Where is Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium?


Driving

The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:

  • Anafartalar, Cumhuriyet Cd., 06050 Altındağ/Ankara, Turkey

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who plays at Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium?

Turkish side Genclerbirlibi play their home matches at Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium.

What is the capacity of Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium?

As of 2021 Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium has an official seating capacity of 19,219 for Football matches.

When was Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium opened?

Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium officially opened in 1935 and is home to Genclerbirlibi

What is the postcode for Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium?

The postcode for Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium is 06050.

Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?

Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium in 2021. Please visit the official website of Genclerbirlibi for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.

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