Netanya Stadium

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Netanya Stadium
The Diamond Stadium
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LocationNetanya, Israel
OwnerCity of Netanya
OperatorCity of Netanya
Broke ground2005
Opened30 October 2012
Construction costNIS 240 million [1]
EUR 55 million
ArchitectGAB Architects
Maccabi Netanya (2012–present)
Hapoel Hadera (2018–present, temporary)
2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

The Netanya Stadium[2] (Hebrew: אצטדיון נתניה‎), commonly known as The Diamond Stadium, is a multi-use stadium in Netanya, Israel. It is used as the permanent home ground of Maccabi Netanya, and it has been used as the temporary homeground of Hapoel Hadera.


Netanya Stadium. The almost exclusively friendly matches stadium of the Israel national football team

Financing of the stadium came from the sale of the land where the old Sar-Tov Stadium was on before being demolished to be used for a housing project.

On 30 September 2003 Minister of Internal Affairs Avraham Poraz approved the plan to build the stadium in an area called Birkat Hanoun.[3] The plan was for a 24,000-seat stadium, consisting of four separate stands. The first two stands under construction will be the main east and west grandstands. It will house 36 private boxes, a VIP section and the press areas. This will be followed by construction of the remaining stands, along with training grounds.

Spread out over 163 dunams (16.3 hectares), the entire complex was planned to be connected by train and have a parking lot for around 1,000 cars. The architects of the stadium were from GAB (Goldschmidt Arditty Ben Nayin) Architects, one of Israel's leading sport architecture firms based in Jerusalem.[4] Construction was managed by the Netanya Development Company, who handled planning of the project for three years before construction.[5]

Construction began in 2005 and the stadium officially opened on October 30, 2012. The first game was played on November 4, 2012, in front of a sold-out crowd as Maccabi Netanya defeated Hapoel Tel Aviv 2–1. Netanya's Ahmad Saba'a became the first player to score a goal in the new stadium.[6] The stadium hosted the 2012–13 Israel State Cup finals in front of 8,621 people.[7] A week later the Youth State Cup finals were held in the stadium in front of 4,600 people.[8]

It was one of four venues for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, holding three group matches and a semi-final. It was also one of four stadiums to host the 2015 UEFA European women's under-19 Football Championship and the final of the tournament.

The stadium played host to two open day and the championship game of the 2018 World Lacrosse Championship.

The first friendly match of the Israel national football team was played on February 6, 2013. Israel hosted the Finland national football team and won the match by a score of 2–1.

Average attendance[edit]

Team Average
Maccabi Netanya 5,046[9] 2012–13
3,742 2013–14
5,978[10] 2014–15
4,705[11] 2015–16
2,890 2016–17
7,390[12] 2017–18
5,836[13] 2018–19
5,614[14] 2019–20

International matches[edit]

View of the east stand
Date Result Competition Attendance
6 February 2013  Israel U-21 0-0  Serbia U-21 Under-21 Friendly 100
6 February 2013  Israel 2-1  Finland Friendly 6,150
5 June 2013  Israel U-21 2-2  Norway U-21 2013 Euro U-21 10,850
9 June 2013  Germany U-21 0-1  Spain U-21 2013 Euro U-21 11,750
12 June 2013  Russia U-21 1-2  Germany U-21 2013 Euro U-21 8,134
15 June 2013  Spain U-21 3-0  Norway U-21 2013 Euro U-21 12,048
5 March 2014  Israel 1-3  Slovakia Friendly 7,200
6 June 2017  Israel 1-1  Moldova Friendly 5,000
24 March 2018  Israel 1-2  Romania Friendly 7,925
15 November 2018  Israel 7-0  Guatemala Friendly 5,900
7 September 2020  Israel 1-1  Slovakia 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B 0
18 November 2020  Israel 1-0  Scotland 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Netanya new stadium was opened. The cost: 240 million shekel" (in Hebrew). ONE. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Netanya Municipality presents: The new Netanya stadium". Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Green light to establish new stadium in Netanya" (in Hebrew). Yedioth Ahronoth. 30 September 2003. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Building a new stadium in Netanya" (in Hebrew). Walla!. 27 March 2005. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Israeli Maccabi Netanya stadium given go-ahead". euFootball.BIZ. 1 April 2005. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
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  7. ^ "הפועל רמת גן זכתה בגביע המדינה". וואלה! ספורט.
  8. ^ "מכבי חיפה זכתה בגביע המדינה לנוער". וואלה! ספורט.
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  10. ^ "ממוצע קהל ביתי". וואלה! ספורט.
  11. ^ "ממוצע קהל ביתי בליגת העל 2015/16 - וואלה! ספורט".
  12. ^ "ממוצע קהל ביתי בליגת העל 2017/18 - וואלה! ספורט".
  13. ^ "ממוצע קהל ביתי בליגת העל 2018/19 - וואלה! ספורט".
  14. ^ קהל ביתי בליגת העל 2019/20 - וואלה! ספורטממוצע קהל ביתי בליגת העל 2019/20 - וואלה! ספורט Check |url= value (help). Missing or empty |title= (help)

Coordinates: 32°17′39.6″N 34°51′52.47″E / 32.294333°N 34.8645750°E / 32.294333; 34.8645750