Besiktas expecting 70-75,000 fans against Club Brugge in Istanbul says Fikret Orman [divider]
Beşiktaş president Fikret Orman has revealed that he expects between 70-75,000 fans to fill the stands against Club Brugge in the Europa League Last 16 second-leg game.
“If we return to Istanbul without a goal we will have a great chance, there will be an incredible atmosphere in Istanbul and we have already sold 70 percent of the tickets,” Orman told Best FM.
“We are expecting 70-75,000 fans to fill the stands.”
Beşiktaş beat Liverpool in the Europa League Round of 32 at the Atatürk Olympic stadium in front of a record crowd of 63,324 according to the official UEFA website.
The Black Eagles could have had a higher attendance but UEFA regulations required there to be some empty sections in the stadium for security.
Beşiktaş will permit traditional paper tickets in addition to the controversial Passolig e-ticketing system.
The Eagles have never lost against Belgium opposition in European competition.
The first-leg against Club Brugge will be in Belgium on Thursday 12 March.