|Full name||Arthur Vasermil Municipal Stadium
האצטדיון העירוני ע"ש ארתור וסרמיל
|Hapoel Be'er Sheva (1960-present)
Maccabi Be'er Sheva (2005-present)
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. The 2007 film Vasermil is set in Beersheva and named for the stadium.
It has been the home stadium of Hapoel Be'er Sheva since its construction and opening in 1960. During the 2005–06 season, it also served as the home ground for Maccabi Be'er Sheva for their Liga Leumit campaign whose primary pitch capacity does not meet the Leumit minimum. Maccabi returned to their grounds with their relegation back to Liga Artzit.
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 left the Vasermil Stadium with a 7–0 victory.
The Stadium is expected to open in 2014 and to include all components of modern stadium including kitroom and media room for journalists.
However, according to The Jerusalem Post, a survey of Beersheba residents has found that the overwhelming majority would prefer the city to renovate the old stadium and upgrade the appearance of the city, rather than dedicating all its funds to the building of a new stadium.
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