IAAF and IOC certified the stadium as a first-class venue for track and field events. This enabled the stadium to host various European athletic competitions.
UEFA gave the Atatürk Olympic Stadium the "5-star sports complex" title in the year 2004. This allowed the stadium to host the finals of the UEFA events.
The Atatürk Olympic Stadium is a stadium that is located in Başakşehir, Istanbul, Turkey. It is the largest stadium in Turkey regarding capacity. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on 28th November 1997, and the stadium officially opened on 31st July 2002. An estimated amount of $140 million was spent on its construction. The chief architects who built this magnificent stadium are Michel Macary and Aymeric Zublena. The IstanbulBB team was the tenant of the stadium from 2007 to 2014. Galatasaray S.K. played at this stadium from 2003 to 2004. It has a commercial center of 6 floors under the west roof and a modern sound system with a homogenous 102 decibel sound level, covering the entire stadium. It underwent renovations in the year 2005. The stadium was originally built so that Turkey could host the 2008 Olympic Games, which were eventually held in Beijing.
The stadium hosted the memorable match between Liverpool FC and Beşiktaş JK which was held on 26th February 2015.
The venue witnessed the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final where Milan clashed with Liverpool on 25th May 2005.
The stadium hosted the Beşiktaş JK vs. Galatasaray SK match which was held on 22nd September 2013, witnessed by the record attendance of 77,512 spectators.
The renowned British rock band "U2" performed at the stadium during "U2 360° Tour". The performance was held in the stadium on 6th September 2010.
Turkish professional football club Galatasaray played all of its home games in the stadium for the 2003-2004 football season.