Sammy Ofer Stadium

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Sammy Ofer Stadium
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Full nameHaifa International Stadium
LocationHaifa, Israel
OwnerCity of Haifa
OperatorCity of Haifa
Capacity30,780[1]
Field size22.000 Sq m
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground2009
Opened27 August 2014
Construction cost530 million
ArchitectKSS Design Group
Tenants
Maccabi Haifa (2014–present)
Hapoel Haifa (2014–present)
Israel national football team (2014–present)

The Sammy Ofer Stadium (Hebrew: אצטדיון סמי עופר‎), also known as Haifa International Stadium (Hebrew: האצטדיון העירוני חיפה‎), is a 30,780 seats multi-purpose stadium in Haifa, Israel.[2] Construction began in late 2009 and was completed in 2014. The stadium was developed and built by the Haifa Economic Corporation, managed by Adv. Gal Peleg.

Currently, the stadium is used mostly for football matches, hosting the home games of Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Haifa F.C. The stadium replaced Kiryat Eliezer Stadium, which was closed in 2014 and demolished in 2015. The stadium is named after the late Israeli billionaire Sammy Ofer, who donated $20,000,000 to build the stadium. Ofer's contribution was 19% of the total cost of the stadium. The stadium also serves the Israel national football team for some select home matches.

History[edit]

Sammy Ofer Stadium of Haifa. The newest stadium of the Israel national football team
Main entrance to the stadium

On September 16, 2008, the Haifa Construction Committee approved the stadium's plans and gave it the green light.

On August 2009, official plans of the stadium released.

On September 2009, it has been announced that the works on building the foundations of the stadium would begin at the end of September 2009. The first official match ever at Sammy Ofer Stadium was played on August 27, 2014. Hapoel Haifa hosted Hapoel Acre (TOTO CUP) and won 2–0. The first historic goal in the new stadium was scored by Hapoel Haifa striker Tosaint Ricketts. The first league match was played on September 15, 2014. Maccabi Haifa hosted Bnei Sakhnin F.C., who they defeated by a score of 4–2. The historic first goal by a Maccabi Haifa player was scored by Israeli national team midfielder Hen Ezra during stoppage time of the first half. Over 31,000 supporters were in attendance.[3] The first UEFA Champions League match was played on September 30, 2015 by Maccabi Tel Aviv against Dinamo Kiev,[4] Dinamo won 2–0 by goles Andriy Yarmolenko and Júnior Moraes .

The first match of the Israel national football team was played on November 16, 2014. Israel hosted the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match and won 3–0. The stadium was sold out, which resulted in an atmosphere beyond compare, helping Israel win their 3rd game in a row in the tournament.[5]

Sammy Ofer Stadium

The first concert at the stadium was of Omer Adam on May 24, 2018.

International matches[edit]

Date Result Competition Attendance
16 November 2014  Israel 3–0  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016 Euro qualifying group stage 28,300
28 March 2015  Israel 0–3  Wales 2016 Euro qualifying group stage 30,200
3 September 2015  Israel 4–0  Andorra 2016 Euro qualifying group stage 22,650
5 September 2016  Israel 1–3  Italy 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification 29,300
11 June 2017  Israel 0–3  Albania 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification 15,150
2 September 2017  Israel 0–1  North Macedonia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification 11,350
11 October 2018  Israel 2–1  Scotland 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C 10,234
21 March 2019  Israel 1–1  Slovenia UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying 12,430
24 March 2019  Israel 4–2  Austria UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying 16,150

Gates[edit]

Area Entrance Gate
Silver Stand – Southern section A 301–304
Silver Stand – Northern section B 309–312
Silver Stand (Press Box) A, B 305–308
Gold Club VIP 401–403, 408–410
Diamond Club VIP 404–407
Sky Boxes VIP 501–536
North Stand (Lower) C, D 101–109
North Stand (Upper) C, D 201–212
East stand – Northern Section(Lower) E 110–113
East Stand – Northern Section(Upper) E 213–217
East Stand – Central Section (Lower) F 114–118
East Stand – Central Section (Upper) F 218–222
East Stand – Southern Section (Lower) G 119–122
East Stand – Southern Section (Upper) G 223–227
South Stand (Lower) H, J 123–128
South Stand (Upper) H, J 228–234
South Stand – Western Section (Lower) K 129–132
South Stand – Western Section (Upper) K 235–240

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Coordinates: 32°46′59.2″N 34°57′54.6″E / 32.783111°N 34.965167°E / 32.783111; 34.965167