With one foot in Europe and another in Asia, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the fifth largest city in the world uniquely connects cultures and civilizations. It is home to 14 million people and has roughly 140,000 licensed athletes. A shared passion for sport unites the city. Istanbul hosted the EuroBasket 2001, the 2010 FIBA World Championship, the Euroleague Final Four and EuroLeague Women Final Eight in 2012, the 2013 FIBA 3x3 Word Tour Final and the 2012 and 2013 NBA Europe Live Tours. Besides being a meeting point for cultures and civilizations, Istanbul is also an international basketball capital.

There have been some exciting developments in Istanbul. Today the city boasts the newly opened Marmaray subway system underneath the Bosphorous. It connects Europe and Asia with a travel time of less than 5 minutes. One of its stops is a five-minute walk from Abdi İpekçi Arena. This will facilitate the easy travel of spectators between the European and Asian sides of the city.

Atatürk Airport is the main international airport serving Istanbul, and the biggest airport in Turkey by total number of passengers. It served 45 million passengers in 2012, making it the 14th busiest in the world in terms of international passenger traffic. It is 10-15 km away from Abdi İpekçi Arena and the nearby hotels.


Ankara is the capital, second largest city and the centre of Turkey. As a city it reflects Turkey’s national values and also possesses a rich history. Every Ankara native has a strong love for sport. It is home to 5 million people means 5 million sport lovers. The Ankara Arena was built for the 2010 FIBA World Championship and has reinvigorated Ankara’s basketball scene. Ankara also hosted 2005 EuroBasket for Women and 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women, making it one of the well-known cities for women’s basketball.

As being the capital, Ankara offers flawless transportation and accommodation services to its visitors. Esenboğa International Airport, which was awarded as the best airport in Europe by ACI Europe in 2009, served 10 million passengers in 2012.