Teddy Stadium

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Teddy Stadium
אצטדיון טדי.jpeg
LocationJerusalem, Israel[neutrality is disputed]
Public transitLight Rail interchange Subway2.PNG at Malha Sports Complex
Israel Railways Old Tel Aviv–Jerusalem Railway Line at Jerusalem Malha
OwnerJerusalem Municipality
OperatorAriel Municipal Company Ltd.
Capacity31,733[1]
Field size105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1990
Opened1991
Renovated1997–1998, 2011–2013, 2018–2020
Construction cost$ 60 million
ArchitectYossi Ben Naim
Pascual Broid
Tenants
Beitar Jerusalem (1991–present)
Hapoel Jerusalem (1991–present)
Israel national football team (selected matches)

Teddy Stadium (Hebrew: אצטדיון טדי) is a sports stadium in the Malha neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel.[neutrality is disputed] Three football teams currently use the stadium: Beitar Jerusalem, Hapoel Jerusalem, and the Israel national football team for 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]

Location of the stadium,[2] which was built in 1990, in the context of a 1940s map of the historical village of Maliha (today known as Malha). The stadium is referred to by Israeli Arabs as "Maliha stadium",[3] and its location on the village land of Maliha has brought controversy.[4][5]
Teddy Stadium of Jerusalem, the largest stadium of the Israel national football team

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 14,500. In 1999, work was finished on a north side which contains capacity of 8000 seats.

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 in the new stadium 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.

Israel was chosen to host The 2021 IFAF Flag Football World Championship which were played at Teddy Stadium after feared high winds at the original venue, The Kraft Family Sports Campus in Jerusalem.

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.[6][7]

Renovations[edit]

In September 2016 a new solar system which can produce 639 kW was installed on the roof of the stadium.[8]

In mid-2018 Jerusalem municipality announced a 25 million upgrade of the stadium which have finished at the start of 2019:

  • The players warm-up hall was renovated.
  • New ergonomic players seats were installed.
  • New professional sound system was installed on the roof.

The second phase of the renovation began in February 2019, and was completed in August 2020.[9]:

  • Built new roof for the south stand.
  • Extension of the solar system on the new south stand roof.
  • Installation of new LED lights show system around the stadium.
  • Built new 8 VIP boxes in the west stand.

The third phase of the renovation began in 2021, and was completed in August 2022.[10]:

  • Replacement of 6700 remaining old seats in the north stand with new modern seats.
  • Extension of the new sound system on the south stand roof.

Jerusalem municipality allocated dozen of millions more for further improvements in 2022/23:[11]

  • Installing 2 new LED screens on the roofs of the north and south stands.
  • Replacement of the old stadium lighting with new LED lights system.
  • Construction of new shops and restaurants outside the north-east stand.
  • Dressing rooms renovation.
  • VIP hall renovation.

International matches[edit]

Date Result Competition Attendance
12 February 1992  Israel 1–2  CIS Friendly 2,000
29 November 1994  Israel 4–3  Cyprus Friendly 4,000
20 September 1995  Israel 3–1  Uruguay Friendly 8,000
22 January 1997  Israel 1–1  Greece Friendly 500
15 April 1998  Israel 2–1  Argentina Friendly 14,000
24 February 1999  Israel 2–0  Latvia Friendly 6,000
9 February 2003  Israel 3–3  Croatia Friendly 4,000
14 November 2012  Israel 1–2  Belarus Friendly 8,000
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 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying 29,750
13 October 2015  Israel 1–2  Cyprus UEFA Euro 2016 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[12] Israel Beitar Jerusalem 2–1 Spain Atlético Madrid Club Friendlies 30,000
16 November 2019  Israel 1–2  Poland UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying 16,700

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beitar Jerusalem Official Website".
  2. ^ Satellite Images Show How Israel Changed Over 40 Years, Haaretz, Sep. 15, 2013: "Alongside it, the hills have filled up with new neighborhoods such as Ramat Beit Hakerem, Ramat Sharett and the new section of Malha... In the 1970 photograph, Kiryat Yovel is Jerusalem’s frontier. Beyond it are only wadis and ancient terraces. In the new photograph, that area has become one of the thriving parts of the city — the green quarter at the lower right-hand corner is Teddy Stadium, with the Malha Mall opposite, and the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo down the road."
  3. ^ Arab MK welcomes cancellation of Argentina soccer game, Jun 6, 2018; Arutz Sheva, ""I congratulate the Argentine team on its decision to cancel the game at Al-Maliha Stadium," tweeted Zahalka, referencing the name the Arabs use to call the Teddy Stadium, where the game was to have been played."
  4. ^ Beitar cancels Barcelona match after demand to not have game in Jerusalem, July 15, 2021; Jerusalem Post: "Palestinian Football Association president Jibril Rajoub received a letter from Laport about the match planned in Jerusalem on August 4 “in a stadium built on the ruins of the Palestinian village of al-Malha, whose residents were forcibly expelled and displaced in refugee camps,” Wafa reported."
  5. ^ Argentina cancel friendly in Israel amid protests, officials say, ESPN, 2018: "The game had been a subject of controversy as it was set to be played in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Malha, which is situated on the site of a former Palestinian village destroyed during the war that established Israel 70 years ago."
  6. ^ Goldblatt, David (23 April 2008). "Football and politics in the Holy City". BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  7. ^ Heller, Aron (20 January 2012). "Israeli club paying price for racist fans". Associated Press.
  8. ^ "Jerusalem: Teddy Stadium goes solar – StadiumDB.com". stadiumdb.com.
  9. ^ "סופי: ביולי 2019, היציע הדרומי באצטדיון טדי ייקורה". 25 February 2019.
  10. ^ "סופי: ביולי 2019, הוחלפו 6,700 כיסאות באצטדיון טדי". 5 September 2022.
  11. ^ "אצטדיון טדי ישופץ בעשרות מליוני שח". YNET. 16 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Beitar Jerusalem vs. Atletico Madrid - Football Match Stats - May 21, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com.

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