Abdi İpekçi Arena known as Abdi İpekçi Sports Complex, was a multi-purpose indoor arena located in the Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul, situated just outside the ancient city walls, in Yedikule. Designed in 1979, opened on 3 June 1989, after several years of interrupted construction, it was named after the renowned Turkish journalist Abdi İpekçi, it was the primary basketball venue in Istanbul for two decades and hosted many games of Istanbul's four top basketball clubs Anandolu Efes, Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray and Besiktas, as well as many other sports events and concerts. However, its significance declined after the opening of Sinan Erdem Dome in 2010, which surpassed Abdi İpekçi Arena as the biggest and most state of the art arena in Istanbul. After the 2016/2017 season, the arena was closed, it got demolished in early 2018. In its place, a basketball training and performance center is to be built. Basketball teams Anadolu Efes and Galatasaray are now playing their games at Sinan Erdem Dome beginning with the 2017/18 season.
Galatasaray plans to move into a newly built own arena in the coming years. Fenerbahçe moved into their own Ülker Sports Arena in 2012; the arena had an audience seating capacity of 12,270. It hosted national and international sports events, such as basketball, volleyball and weightlifting, as well as concerts and congresses, among other events; the facility contained a multi-faced visual scoreboard, six online-system counters, four locker rooms, two internet rooms, a press room, two multi-purpose offices, VIP rooms, etc. Its parking lot had a capacity of 1,500 cars; the professional basketball teams of Galatasaray men's basketball team and Galatasaray women's basketball team played their Turkish League home matches since the 2009–10 season in the Abdi İpekçi Arena. Some of the notable events, which took place in the arena are: Media related to Abdi İpekçi Arena at Wikimedia Commons Arena page on TBF website
Beladamadu Gangadhar Jyothi Prakash Mirji is an Indian Police officer who served as the Commissioner of Bangalore City Police from 2 May 2011 to 5 April 2013. He is an Indian Police Service officer of the 1982 batch, he retired as the Principal Secretary of Government of Karnataka. He is well known for spearheading the operation to tackle down the dreaded forest brigand Veerappan, as the chief of the Karnataka Special Task Force. Mirji was rewarded with the President's Vishisht Seva Medal in 2008, a Police Medal for meritorious and distinguished service, and his family relative Amogh Shambu, is presently working in Indian film industry and Sandalwood film industry, Indian film industry Cinema of India Kannada cinema