Sar-Tov Stadium

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Sar-Tov Stadium
איצטדיון שר-טוב
The Box
הקופסא
Sar-Tov Stadium (21).jpg
Location Netanya, Israel
Owner City of Netanya
Operator City of Netanya
Capacity 7,500
Surface Grass
Opened August 1943
Closed 2012
Tenants
Maccabi Netanya (until 2012)

Sar-Tov Stadium (Hebrew: איצטדיון שר-טוב‎, Itztadion Sar-Tov), commonly known as HaKufsa (lit. The Box) was a football stadium in Netanya, Israel. It was used mostly for football matches and was the home stadium of Maccabi Netanya. It is set to be demolished to make way for a new housing development after Maccabi Netanya moved to the new Netanya Stadium.[1]

Inauguration of the Stadium[edit]

The stadium was inaugurated in August, 1943 against FK Naša Krila Zemun. The game, held in front of a full stadium, ended in a 1-1 draw with Yitzhak Casspi scoring the first goal for Netanya.

The Nickname[edit]

The official name was the "Sar-Tov Stadium", named in honor of Joseph Sar-Tov, who was one of the founders of Maccabi Netanya and served as the first chairman of the club. Over the years the stadium was dubbed as "HaKufsa" ("The Box"), the nickname comes from the relatively small size of the ground and being surrounded by stands in the manner reminiscent of a box.

References[edit]

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Coordinates: 32°20′02.18″N 34°51′43.91″E / 32.3339389°N 34.8621972°E / 32.3339389; 34.8621972