Kiryat Eliezer Stadium

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Haifa Municipal Stadium
אצטדיון העירוני חיפה
Kiryat Eliezer
קריית אליעזר
Haifa-WM01 - Kiryat Eliezer Stadium during a local derby.jpg
Location 16 Tzahal Street, Kiryat Eliezer, Haifa 35157
Broke ground 1955
Opened 1955
Closed 2014
Demolished 2014
Owner Municipality of Haifa
Operator ETHOS
Surface Grass
Capacity 14,002
Tenants
Hapoel Haifa (1955-2014)
Maccabi Haifa (1955-2014)

The Haifa Municipal Stadium (Hebrew: אצטדיון העירוני חיפה‎, Etztadion HaIroni Haifa), more commonly known as Kiryat Eliezer (Hebrew: קריית אליעזר‎), was a multi-use stadium in the Kiryat Eliezer neighborhood of Haifa, Israel. It was mostly used for football matches and is the home stadium of Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Haifa. It was replaced by the new Sammy Ofer Stadium at the southern entrance to the city in 2014.

Background[edit]

The stadium was built in 1955, as a gift from the Italian Labour Union. It seats 14,002 among its 14 gates. Ownership of the stadium belonged to the Municipality of Haifa, though it ws managed by a suborganization called ETHOS. The stadium was opened on 24 September 1955 with a Haifa derby match, Maccabi beating Hapoel 4-1. Both clubs had previously played at Kiryat Haim Stadium in the Kerayot area of Haifa.

The stadium did not meet UEFA's highest standards forcing the clubs in Haifa to host their European matches in the Tel Aviv area. At certain times, UEFA also has limited clubs from outside the Tel Aviv area from hosting even low level European qualifiers citing security concerns.

Kiryat Eliezer was the only stadium in Israel equipped with electronic gates in an effort to curb scalping and the sale of counterfeit tickets. Regulars to the stadium could have purchased a card for 10 shekels, which can be refilled for specific matches held at the stadium.

There was one scoreboard in the stadium, which did not had a replay screen. The only television in the stadium, outside of the television broadcast booth, was in front of the seat of Ya'akov Shahar, the owner of Maccabi Haifa. Only the A section of the stadium was covered by a roof.

The last game in the stadium was played on 14 May 2014, with Maccabi Haifa hosting Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Israeli Premier League.

Transportation[edit]

The stadium was located in the Kiryat Eliezer neighborhood of Haifa. Adjacent to the stadium is Beit Egged. Thus the stadium was easily served by all Egged bus lines running into and out of Haifa as well as the Bat Galim Railway Station, which is a central stop for all train lines running up the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Gates[edit]

Outside the stadium
VIP Section at Kiryat Eliezer
Area Gate Capacity
A 1 1003
A 2 1283
A VIP Section 548
A 4 1528
A 5A 721
A 5B 831
B 6 466
B 7 807
B 8 475
A Press Box 52
C 9 834
C 10 850
C 11 944
C 12 958
C 13 1082
C 14 954
Total 14 14002

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Coordinates: 32°49′38″N 34°58′53″E / 32.827322°N 34.981284°E / 32.827322; 34.981284