Besiktas want to open new stadium with Barcelona match says club president

Beşiktaş president Fikret Orman has confirmed that the club is in talks with Barcelona over an inauguration game for the Vodafone Arena stadium between the sides.

The Black Eagles are currently in the process of constructing a new 41,903 seater stadium on the grounds of their previous stadium the İnönü opposite the Dolmabahçe Palace in central Istanbul.

The Istanbul giants president did however, state that an inauguration game against Barcelona would become impossible should the new stadium construction finish before the start of the 2016-17 season.

Orman told reporters: “The game will not be able to be played during the season but we do want to have an inauguration game against Barcelona for the start of the new season and we are working towards making this happen.”

Beşiktaş are one of two clubs sponsored by Beko – the other being Barcelona – and the club aim to use the white goods company to help broker the deal and act as an intermediary.

The Eagles recently signed a $145 million deal with Vodafone which included shirt sponsorship as well as the stadium naming rights.

The stadium is set to become one of the most iconic landmarks in the city with views of both Europe and Asia overlooking the Bosphorus.

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