Sammy Ofer Stadium

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Sammy Ofer Stadium
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Full name Sammy Ofer Stadium
Location Haifa, Israel
Owner City of Haifa
Operator City of Haifa
Capacity 30,874
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 2009
Opened 27 August 2014
Construction cost 530 million
Tenants
Maccabi Haifa (2014 - present)
Hapoel Haifa (2014 - present)

Sammy Ofer Stadium, also known as Haifa International Stadium, is a 30,820-seat [1] multi-purpose stadium in Haifa, Israel, that began construction in late 2009. Construction was completed in 2014 and the stadium is currently in use mostly for football matches and host the home matches of Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Haifa F.C.. It will replace their current Kiryat Eliezer Stadium. The stadium is named after naval-mogul Sammy Ofer, who donated $20,000,000 to build the stadium and name it after himself. It is said that Ofer's contribution is 19% of the cost of the stadium and naming it after him was one of his conditions. The Sammy Ofer Stadium is developed and built by the Haifa Economic corporation managed by Adv. Gal Peleg

History[edit]

On September 16, 2008, the Haifa Construction Committee approved the stadium's plans and gave it the green light.

On August 2009, official plans of the stadium released.

On September 2009, it has been announced that the works on building the foundations of the stadium would begin at the end of September 2009.

The first league match was played on September 15, 2014. Maccabi Haifa F.C. hosted Bnei Sakhnin F.C., who they defeated by a score of 4-2. The first goal was scored by Haifa midfield Hen Ezra during stoppage time of the first half. Over 27,000 supporters were in attendance.[1]

The first match of the Israel national football team was played on November 16, 2014. Israel hosted the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match, and won it by a score of 3-0. 28,300 supporters were in attendance.[2]

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Coordinates: 32°46′59.2″N 34°57′54.6″E / 32.783111°N 34.965167°E / 32.783111; 34.965167