Hatikva Neighborhood Stadium

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Hatikva Neighborhood Stadium
אצטדיון שכונת התקווה
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Location 20 Kabir Street, Hatikva quarter, Tel Aviv 67750
Capacity 6,500
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 1951
Opened 1951
Tenants
Bnei Yehuda (1951–1962, 1975–2004)
Beitar Shimson Tel Aviv (2006–12)
Hapoel Kfar Shalem (2010–)
Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa (2013–)

The Hatikva Neighborhood Stadium (Hebrew: אצטדיון שכונת התקווה‎‎, Itztadion Shkhunat HaTikva) is a multi-purpose stadium in the Hatikva Quarter of Tel Aviv in Israel.

History[edit]

The stadium was built in 1951, when the former stadium of Bnei Yehuda was built over.[1][2] The club was forced to find a different location and its members invaded an abandoned open space to the south of the Hatikva Quarter and built the stadium there. At first, the field was oriented north-south,[3] but the club was forced to re-orient the stadium to south-north, as a building was built on the pitch's north edge.[1]

In 1959, following Bnei Yehuda's promotion to the top division, the ground was renovated and the pitch was converted to a grass surface.[4] A more massive renovation took place between 1965 and 1975, forcing the club to host matches in other venues while work was being done.[5] Shortly before 2000, plastic seats were installed in the stadium's five main stands.

Current status[edit]

Bnei Yehuda moved to play at the bigger Bloomfield Stadium in 2004,[6] but their offices remain at the stadium. Between 2006 and 2012, second division club Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla (known as Beitar Shimson Tel Aviv until 2011) have played their home matches at the ground. Currently, the ground is home to Liga Alef clubs Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa[7] and Hapoel Kfar Shalem.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bnei Yehuda: The Yemenite Youth Association, a Symbol of Diligence and Independence – Celebrates 18 Years of Existence Moshe Tarasi, 16 January 1955, Hadshot HaSport, p. 6 (Hebrew)
  2. ^ 75 Years of Gold: How Everything Started Yaron Sagiv, 10 December 2010, Bnei Yehuda (Hebrew)
  3. ^ Kaduregel Vintage 25 March 2016, Facebook.com (Hebrew)
  4. ^ Promoted to Liga Leumit - Bnei Yehuda from Hatikva Quarter A. H. La'ish, 19 August 1959, Davar, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  5. ^ Hatikva Neighborhood Stadium Bnei Yehuda Museum (Hebrew)
  6. ^ Bnei Yehuda Moves to Bloomfield Stadium Liran Bartal, 7 June 2004, NRG (Hebrew)
  7. ^ Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa IFA (Hebrew)
  8. ^ Hapoel Kfar Shalem IFA (Hebrew)


Coordinates: 32°02′59.95″N 34°47′13.04″E / 32.0499861°N 34.7869556°E / 32.0499861; 34.7869556