Atatürk Stadium was built in support of Istanbul’s candidacy to host the 2004 and, subsequently, the 2008 Olympic Games, as the city needed an impressive infrastructure to promote its image. While the Games were attributed to Athens and Beijing, respectively, the decision was made to build the stadium anyway. On November 28, 1997, the project was entrusted to a consortium led by Campenon Bernard (VINCI Construction Grands Projets). The project was a challenge in that the location is prone to earthquakes. In fact, an earthquake occurred in August 1999; fortunately, no employees were harmed, and the worksite incurred no damage. Despite difficult working conditions, we made safety our top priority to ensure smooth progress.