Acre Municipal Stadium

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Acre Municipal Stadium
Acre Municipal Stadium15.jpg
Location Acre, Israel
Owner Municipality of Acre
Operator Municipality of Acre
Capacity 5,000
Construction
Broke ground 26 May 2009
Opened 4 September 2011
Construction cost 50 million
Tenants
Hapoel Acre (2011–present)

Acre Municipal Stadium (Hebrew: האצטדיון העירוני של עכו‎, HaItztadion HaIroni Shel Akko), also known as the Toto Acre Stadium (Hebrew: אצטדיון טוטו עכו‎, Itztadion Toto Akko) for sponsorship reasons.[1] is a football stadium in Acre, Israel. It is the home ground of Hapoel Ironi Acre who is playing in the Israeli Premier League. The stadium is located at the southern entrance of town, near the Ein HaMifratz intersection.

The stadium has 5,000 seats in two covered balconies, four dressing rooms, service rooms, and over 1,000 sqm of commercial space.[2] The establishment of the stadium at a cost of 50 million NIS was made possible after a collaboration between the Municipality of Acre, Toto Winner Organization, Israel Railways, Ministry of Transport and Road Safety, and the National Infrastructure Minister of Israel.[2]

For many years, the home stadium of Hapoel Acre was the Napoleon Stadium.[2] In the early 2000s, the western tier of the stadium was demolished in favor of an Israel Railways project. After the demolition of the stadium bleachers, the stadium was disqualified for league games and since then it became the team's training field. The new stadium, which some of his founds came from Israel Railways as a compensation for demolished the old stadium. until the stadium completion Hapoel Acre had to play its home games in other cities.

The stadium was inaugurated on 4 September 2011, after two and a half years of construction, in a friendly match between Hapoel Acre and Maccabi Haifa, the game ended in a 2–0 win for Maccabi Haifa.[3] Before the game, it had an opening ceremony with Shimon Lankri, the mayor of Acre, and Avi Luzon, the chairman of the Israel Football Association.

The stadium's first official game came in 12 September 2011, between Hapoel Acre and Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the Israeli Premier League. the game ended in a 2–0 win for Hapoel Acre.[4]

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Coordinates: 32°54′28.43″N 35°5′9.84″E / 32.9078972°N 35.0860667°E / 32.9078972; 35.0860667