Netanya Stadium

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For the Maccabi Netanya former stadium, see Sar-Tov Stadium.
Netanya Stadium
אצטדיון נתניה
The Diamond
Netanya-Stadium 33.JPG
Location Netanya, Israel
Broke ground 2005
Opened 30 October 2012
Owner City of Netanya
Operator City of Netanya
Surface Grass
Construction cost NIS 240,000,000 [1]
Architect GAB Architects
Capacity 13,800 (first stage)
24,000 (final)
Tenants
Maccabi Netanya (2012–present)
Hapoel Ra'anana (2013-present, temporary)
UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship (2013)

The Netanya Stadium[2] (Hebrew: אצטדיון נתניה‎; Itztadi'on Netanya) is a multi-use stadium in Netanya. Financing of the stadium came from the sale of the land where the old Sar-Tov Stadium was on before being demolished to be used for a housing project.

The first game was played on November 4, 2012 in front of a sold out crowd as Maccabi Netanya defeated Hapoel Tel Aviv 2-1. Netanya's Achmad Saba'a became the first player to score a goal in the new stadium.[3]

The stadium hosted the 2012–13 Israel State Cup finals in front of 8,000 people.[4] A week later the Youth State Cup finals was held in the stadium in front of 4,600 people.[5]

It was one of four venues for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, holding three group matches and a semi-final.

Planning[edit]

On 30 September 2003 Minister of Internal Affairs, Avraham Poraz, approved the plan to build the stadium in an area called Birkat Hanoun.[6] The plan was for a 24,000-seat stadium, consisting of four separate stands. The first two stands under construction will be the main east and west grandstands. It will house 36 private boxes, a VIP section and the press areas. This will be followed by construction of the remaining stands, along with training grounds.

Spread out over 163 dunams (16.3 hectares), the entire complex will be connected by train and have a parking lot for around 1,000 cars. the Architects of the stadium are GAB (Goldschmidt Arditty Ben Nayin) Architects [1] one of Israel's leading sport architecture firm based in Jerusalem.[7] Construction is being managed by the Netanya Development Company, who handled planning of the project for three years before construction.[8]

Average attendance[edit]

Team Average
Attendance
Season
Maccabi Netanya 5,046[9] 2012–13
Maccabi Netanya 3,742 2013–14

International matches[edit]

Date Result Competition Attendance
6 February 2013  Israel 0-0  Serbia Under-21 Friendly 100
6 February 2013  Israel 2-1  Finland Friendly 6,150
5 June 2013  Israel 2-2  Norway 2013 Euro U-21 10,850
9 June 2013  Germany 0-1  Spain 2013 Euro U-21 11,750
12 June 2013  Russia 1-2  Germany 2013 Euro U-21 8,134
15 June 2013  Spain 3-0  Norway 2013 Euro U-21 12,048
5 March 2014  Israel 1-3  Slovakia Friendly 7,200

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Netanya new stadium was opened. The cost: 240 million shekel" (in Hebrew). ONE. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Netanya Municipality presents: The new Netanya stadium". Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  3. ^ http://one.co.il/Article/207864.html
  4. ^ http://sports.walla.co.il/?w=/157/2640602
  5. ^ http://sports.walla.co.il/?w=/3825/2643044
  6. ^ "Green light to establish new stadium in Netanya" (in Hebrew). Yedioth Ahronoth. 30 September 2003. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Building a new stadium in Netanya" (in Hebrew). Walla!. 27 March 2005. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Israeli Maccabi Netanya stadium given go-ahead". euFootball.BIZ. 1 April 2005. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  9. ^ http://sports.walla.co.il/?w=/157/18/1918/@stat.v9

Coordinates: 32°17′39.6″N 34°51′52.47″E / 32.294333°N 34.8645750°E / 32.294333; 34.8645750