Teddy Stadium

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Teddy Stadium
Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem.jpg
LocationJerusalem, Israel
OwnerCity of Jerusalem
OperatorCity of Jerusalem
Capacity31,733[1]
Field size105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1990
Opened1992
Renovated1997–1998, 2011–2013, 2018–2019
Construction cost$60 million
ArchitectYossi Ben Naim
Pascual Broid
Tenants
Beitar Jerusalem (1992–present)
Hapoel Jerusalem (1992–present)
Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem (2011–present)
Israel national football team (2015–present)
Beitar Nordia Jerusalem (2016–present)
General view (2013)

Teddy Stadium (Hebrew: אצטדיון טדי‎, Itztadion Teddy) is a sports stadium in the Malha neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel. Four football teams currently use the stadium: Beitar Jerusalem, Hapoel Jerusalem, Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem, and Beitar Nordia Jerusalem. The stadium also serves the Israel national football team for some select home matches.

The stadium is named after long-time Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek, who was in office during the time of its construction and was one of its prominent advocates.

History[edit]

For Beitar, the stadium was a major upgrade after years of playing at the YMCA Stadium, nicknamed "The Sandbox". In the first stage, only the west and east sides of the stadium were built, giving it a capacity of over 14,000. In 1999, work was finished on a north side that increased capacity to 21,600.

The stadium itself is one of the newest in Israel and one of the few that are close to meeting all European standards. It is accessible to the disabled, has modern bathrooms, and has ample concession stands, a combination that is very difficult to find in many Israeli stadiums. The stadium has 5,000 parking spots on its premises, and is connected to the Malha Mall and its parking facilities by a pedestrian bridge.

The stadium is located at the Begin Expressway and just past the Malha Train Station, which ensures convenient road and rail access to the rest of Israel.

With stands close to the pitch and excellent acoustics, Teddy Stadium has hosted several Israel national football team matches, the Maccabiah Games opening ceremony, and other public events.

A south side stand was completed on June 3, 2013, increasing seating capacity to 31,733.

Teddy Stadium was one of the venues for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and hosted the tournament's final match.

The first official match of the Israel national football team was played on March 31, 2015. Israel hosted the Belgium national football team in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match and lost the match by a score of 0–1.

Supporters[edit]

During Beitar matches, the La Familia group occupies the eastern sections of the stadium. They are known for being the most vocal and controversial of fans in the venue.[2][3]

Renovation plans[edit]

From September 2016 a new solar system which can produce 685 KW per hour is being installed on the roof of Teddy stadium.[4]

In the middle of 2018 Teddy stadium has been started to be renovated, as Jerusalem municipality announced that it will assign 25 million for upgrading the stadium. List of things that have already been completed:

  • Players warm-up hall renovations.
  • New players bench ergonomic seats.
  • Professional sound system installation.

In February 2019 the second phase of the renovation had begun[5]:

  • Completing the south stand roof.
  • Construction of 8 new VIP boxes in the west stand.

International matches[edit]

Date Result Competition Attendance
15 April 1998  Israel 2–1  Argentina Friendly
9 February 2003  Israel 3–3  Croatia Friendly
14 November 2012  Israel 1–2  Belarus Friendly
6 June 2013  Spain 1–0  Russia 2013 Euro U-21 10,000
9 June 2013  Netherlands 5–1  Russia 2013 Euro U-21 7,500
11 June 2013  Israel 1–0  England 2013 Euro U-21 22,150
18 June 2013  Spain 4–2  Italy 2013 Euro U-21 29,300
31 March 2015  Israel 0–1  Belgium 2016 Euro qualifying 29,750
13 October 2015  Israel 1–2  Cyprus 2016 Euro qualifying 25,300
9 October 2016  Israel 2–1  Liechtenstein 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification 9,000
9 October 2017  Israel 0–1  Spain 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification 28,700
21 May 2019[6] Israel Beitar Jerusalem 2–1 Spain Atlético Madrid Club Friendlies 30,000
16 November 2019  Israel  Poland 2020 Euro qualifying TBA

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jerusalem municipality official website
  2. ^ Goldblatt, David (23 April 2008). "Football and politics in the Holy City". BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  3. ^ Heller, Aron (20 January 2012). "Israeli club paying price for racist fans". Associated Press.
  4. ^ Jerusalem: Teddy Stadium goes solar – StadiumDB.com
  5. ^ 0404 News Website
  6. ^ http://www.espn.com/soccer/matchstats?gameId=539839

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 31°45′4.20″N 35°11′26.22″E / 31.7511667°N 35.1906167°E / 31.7511667; 35.1906167