Vasermil Stadium

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Vasermil Stadium
אצטדיון וסרמיל
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Full name Arthur Vasermil Municipal Stadium
האצטדיון העירוני ע"ש ארתור וסרמיל
Location Beersheba, Israel
Capacity 13,000
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened 1960
Renovated 2001
Tenants
Hapoel Be'er Sheva (1960–)
Maccabi Be'er Sheva (2005–2006)

The Arthur Vasermil Municipal Stadium, commonly known as the Vasermil Stadium, is a football stadium in Beersheba, Israel. The stadium is designed as an open bowl (though a small part of one side has cover), and formerly had a running track, though this has now been bricked over. The stadium is all-seated, and the capacity is 13,000.

History[edit]

The stadium has been the home ground of Hapoel Be'er Sheva since its opening in 1960. The stadium has hosted European football, as Hapoel played in the UEFA Cup in 1994–95 and 1995–96 and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1997–98. By far the most illustrious visitors were Barcelona, who won 7–0 at the ground.

During the 2005–06 season, it also served as the home ground for Maccabi Be'er Sheva for their Liga Leumit season, as their ground did not meet the required standard for Liga Leumit. Maccabi returned to their grounds with their relegation back to Liga Artzit.

International football has been played at the stadium, with Israel playing the United States in friendly match on 15 November 1973, with Israel winning 2-0 in front of 3,000 spectators.[1]

Current status[edit]

Despite a survey of Beersheba residents finding that the overwhelming majority would prefer the city to renovate the old stadium rather than dedicating all its funds to the building of a new stadium,[2] the city council has plans to demolish the stadium after the completion of the US$50 million 16,000-seat Be'er Sheva Municipal Stadium,[3] which is expected to open in 2015.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Litterer (ed.). "USA Men's National Team: All-time Results, 1885-1989". Dave Litterer. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Soccer fans out of bounds in council protest". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  3. ^ Be'er-Sheva Stadium GAB Architects
  4. ^ New stadium in Be'er Sheva by 2014? Mynet, 22 January 2012 (Hebrew)

Coordinates: 31°15′13.66″N 34°47′09.47″E / 31.2537944°N 34.7859639°E / 31.2537944; 34.7859639