Teddy Stadium

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Teddy Stadium
איצטדיון טדי
Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem.jpg
Location Jerusalem, Israel
Owner City of Jerusalem
Operator City of Jerusalem
Capacity 34,000
Record attendance 30,000 (Beitar Jerusalem-Hapoel Tel Aviv, 21 October 2013)[1]
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 1990
Opened 1991
Renovated 1999, 2011
Construction cost US $12,000,000
Tenants
Beitar Jerusalem (1992–present)
Hapoel Jerusalem (1992–present)
Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem (2011–present)
2001 Maccabiah Games
2013 Maccabiah Games
UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship (2013)
General view (2013)

Teddy Stadium (Hebrew: אצטדיון טדי‎, Itztadion Teddy) is a football stadium in Jerusalem, Israel. Three football teams currently use the stadium - Beitar Jerusalem, Hapoel Jerusalem, and Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem.

The stadium is named for long-time Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek, who was in office during the time of its construction and was one of its prominent advocates.

History[edit]

For Beitar, the stadium was a major upgrade after years of playing at the YMCA Stadium, nicknamed "The Sandbox". In the first stage, only the west and east sides of the stadium were built, giving it a capacity of 14,000. In 1999, work was finished on a north side that increased capacity to 21,600.[2]

The stadium itself is one of the newest in Israel and one of the few that is close to meeting all European standards. It is accessible to the disabled, has modern bathrooms, and has ample concession stands, a combination that is very difficult to find in many Israeli stadiums. The stadium has 5,000 parking spots on its premises, and is connected to the Malha Mall and its parking facilities by a pedestrian bridge.

The stadium is located at the terminus of the Begin Expressway and just past the Malha Train Station, which ensures convenient road and rail access to the rest of Israel.

With stands close to the pitch and excellent acoustics, Teddy Stadium has hosted several Israel national football team matches, the Maccabiah Games opening ceremony, and other public events.

A south side stand of 12,000 seats was completed on June 3rd 2013, increasing seating capacity to 34,000.[3] The NIS100 million plan is the first phase of a project to accommodate 50,000.[4]

Teddy Stadium was one of the venues for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and hosted the tournament's final match.

International matches[edit]

Date Result Competition Attendance
15 April 1998  Israel 2–1  Argentina Friendly
9 February 2003  Israel 3–3  Croatia Friendly
14 November 2012  Israel 1–2  Belarus Friendly
6 June 2013  Spain 1–0  Russia 2013 Euro U-21 10,000
9 June 2013  Netherlands 5–1  Russia 2013 Euro U-21 7,500
11 June 2013  Israel 1–0  England 2013 Euro U-21 22,150
18 June 2013  Spain 4–2  Italy 2013 Euro U-21 29,300

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External links[edit]

Teddy Stadium on Google Street View

Coordinates: 31°45′4.20″N 35°11′26.22″E / 31.7511667°N 35.1906167°E / 31.7511667; 35.1906167