Although some of them couldn’t survive until today, the raison t’être of the Mecidiye, Tokat, Çavuşbaşı, Mihrabat, Seyir, Feyzabad, Acem, Küçüksu pavilions may be explained with the geographical advantages of Beykoz, even if it is very remote. The pavilions in the Anatolian Side also function as “base camps” and “hunting mansions”. These are centers where the Sultan and his entourage sleep overnight during a sportive activity. The historical narrative confirms that the pavilions were built for this purpose. Beykoz is one of the districts where hunting, arrow shooting and riding sports were performed in the classical era.
After the Reorganization, Beykoz uses the advantage of its large and flat prairies. These large and maintained prairies are the performance grounds for the varied sports of the day. Many feasts are held in the Beykoz, Sultaniye and Göksu prairies, oiled wrestling contests and the shows of rope acrobats were performed. This function of the prairies went on to the following years, and they became the performance grounds for the sports organizations of military and civilian schools. Beykoz Sportive Club was established in 1908, Anadoluhisarı İdman Yurdu in 1913, and Paşabahçe Spor in 1950. These old clubs were built upon a tradition, the old prairies. Beykoz Spor is active in the stadium built in the Beykoz Prairie, Paşabahçe Spor in the Sultaniye Prairie, Anadoluhisarı Spor on the Göksu Prairie. Beykoz is the heart of Turkish football because of the Headquarters of the Turkish Football Federation in Riva.
The fact that it has large forests, long coastlines overlooking the bosphorus and the Black Sea made Beykoz valuable for sports that are performed in nature.
In Beykoz’s villages in the forest there are many shooting and riding areas, open target ranges, nature hiking and bicycle paths and paintball courses. Off road races and motor sports are also performed in Riva. The traditional Public Footrace and the Bosphorus Swimming Contests are also held in Beykoz.