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UEFA Champions League Final :

2005 UEFA Champions League Final design, logo and ticketing programme launched at ceremony in Istanbul. The event launch for the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League Final, took place on 1st December at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, the venue for the match to be played on Wednesday 25 May 2005.



"The design for this historic occasion," commented UEFA's first vice-president Senes Erzik at the launch ceremony, "is a mixture of the exotic and rich colours of Istanbul, icons from the Turkish flag, elegant Ottoman, motifs of Turkey and the glamour of the UEFA Champions League trophy. It will undoubtedly give Europe's biggest club final the distinctive flavour of the host city."

"This is the first time that the final of a UEFA club competition has been played in Turkey," added Levent Bikakci, president of the Turkish national association. "So we are determined to rise to the occasion, to welcome everybody to Turkey and to make it a memorable event."

"The design certainly gives this final a special feel," comments UEFA's Chief Executive, Lars-Christer Olsson. "It is a symbolic event for European club football and I know our hosts are doing everything possible to make it an outstanding success."

"This event has come such a long way since the first Champion Clubs' Cup was played in Paris," adds UEFA's Senior Product Manager for the UEFA Champions League, Michele Centenaro, "and I'm sure the final in Istanbul will allow us to celebrate the showpiece of UEFA's leading club competition in a fantastic way."

Tickets will be on sale between 31 March - 15 April 2005 on UEFA web site
Apart from the design and logo that will give the Istanbul final a unique identity on everything from tickets to street banners, the programme for ticket sales was also launched today. A total of 14,400 tickets will be offered to the general public, with half of that number on sale locally, via the Turkish national association. Turkish citizens can apply for tickets in the period from Monday 6 to Friday 31 December. The other half will be available on the international market - via the www.uefa.com website - between Thursday 31 March and Friday 15 April 2005. In both cases, if demand exceeds supply, the "lucky winners" will be decided by a ballot.

For the final, the capacity of the Stadium has been restricted to 69,000 seats, due to security and media requirements and the need to avoid the sale of view-obstructed seats. Ticket prices (in seven different categories) range from Euros 20 to Euros 150. Each of the two finalist clubs will be entitled to 20,000 tickets, while a total of 14,600 will go to members of the UEFA Football Family, divided between the local organising committee, clubs, leagues, national associations, commercial partners and official guests.
 

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By the way -->

The Atatürk Olympic Stadium has been included together with some of the world’s biggest and most important stadiums, in the book called “Stadi Del Mondo” ( Stadiums of the World), which was published by Edizioni Gribaudo in Italy in 2004. The 445 page book studies 91 stadiums in 38 different countries with rich photography and gives information about each stadium.

Besides the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, the book includes many well-known stadiums such as Stade de France, Wembley, Maracana, Telstra (Sydney Olympic) and Rome Olympic Stadiums.

The author of the book is Angelo Stampinato and the editor is Stefano Delprete
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Total Seat Numbers of the Istanbul Olympic Stadium

West Stands
27.763

East Stands
26.164

North Stands
13.335

South Stands
13.335

400 places for disabled spectators included


TOTAL
80.597
 

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The New, news from Official UEFA Site -->

This will be Turkey's first final (UEFA)

Turkey prepares final to remember
Monday, 28 March 2005
By Türker Tozar



The home of the 2005 final


Excitement is growing in Istanbul as European football prepares for two significant milestones in May – the 50th European Champion Clubs' Cup final, and the first major international final to be staged in Turkey.

Dramatic location
With the UEFA Champions League only at the quarter-final stage, it is impossible to guess who will eventually play at the Atatürk Olympic stadium on 25 May, but whoever gets there will find themselves in a dramatic, exotic setting, the perfect backdrop to climax the golden jubilee season of European club competition.

Travelling fans
More than 40,000 overseas fans are expected to travel for the match in the 80,000–capacity stadium. Senes Erzik, UEFA's senior vice-president, can hardly wait for the big day. "I am very excited about this. UEFA wants to have a showpiece which cannot be forgotten for years. Therefore everybody involved is working with great enthusiasm. I believe it will add to Istanbul's prestige and charm," he said.

Football passion
Preparations are well in hand with the Turkish Football Association, the National Olympic Committee of Turkey, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, the local organising committee and UEFA all striving to make the final run as smoothly as possible in one of Europe's most passionate footballing strongholds.

Special logo
Project manager Sami Çölgeçen explained: "UEFA have paid special attention to the creation of the UEFA Champions League 2005 logo as well as all the other details. The Turkish flag, Turkish patterns and Ottoman ornaments are all represented and the city will be decorated with the logo at many different occasions and locations."

Significant step
The choice of venue represents another significant step forward for Turkish football which has improved dramatically over recent years. The obvious highlights have been Galatasaray's victory in the 2000 UEFA Cup final and Turkey's achievement in reaching the semi-finals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and even though no Turkish team will be in the final in May, Istanbul as a whole can rejoice in the honour of staging the match.

Euro 2012 bid
With Turkey bidding to host the 2012 UEFA European Championship, nothing is being left to chance. The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has budgeted €40m to finish the additional stadium access roads, media and broadcasting facilities are being upgraded to meet the highest international standards, and UEFA has allocated almost 5,000 rooms at Istanbul's leading hotels for its guests and sponsors.

Financial benefit
It is conservatively estimated that the direct financial benefit for Istanbul will be around €20m but the impact cannot be measured purely in economic terms. Thousands will be travelling to the city that connects the continents of Asia and Europe for the first time, and the long-term benefits for both tourism and business could also be significant.

Intense competition
With more than two months to go before the final, Turkey's fooball media have naturally been concentrating more on the intense competition for this season's domestic league title which sees Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe SK duelling for the championship.

Istanbul experience
But the event is sure to make headlines a month before the final when 1,500 people gather at the Lütfi Kirdar Congress Hall to see the European Cup trophy handed over to the Mayor of Istanbul for safekeeping. One thing for certain is that whichever club takes it away with them a month later will have had an experience in Istanbul no one will ever forget.
 

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I like the logos!! Ok it's going to be Milan vs Chelsea in Turkiye!! Milan will win it all of course and we will hear the big mouth Chelsea coach "Moron"hio :D But I still cannot belive how beautiful the stadium is :proud:
 

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The stadium is beautiful, but have there been any major improvements to the infrastructure around the stadium?
Last year when GS was playing there, there was only a single 2-lane road through bare sand-dunes to get to/from the stadium :mad:
 

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I remember reading somewhere that they were going to expland the roads that led to the stadium but I don't know when they are acutally going to do so. How Turkish can you be? You build a world class stadium yet you have a single lane village style road which leads to the stadium. We all know what type of back up and traffic is caused due to this road. Funny and sad at the same time. Hopefully they will be able to resolve this issue before the final game. Yoksa rezil oluruz....
 

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dont wory guys they are fixing the roads and the wind panles had already been set up. it will be a night to remember ;)
 

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F0RZA KARTAL said:
My prediction Chelsea v Milan - Winner MILAN
We think very alike, must be an Eskisehir thing. Milan will win 2-0
 

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gravesends said:
We think very alike, must be an Eskisehir thing. Milan will win 2-0
Definitley an Eskisehir thing :D ... especially since AC Milan's colors are also red and black.
 
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