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Teddy Stadium
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LocationJerusalem, Israel[neutrality is disputed]
Public transitLight Rail interchange Subway2.PNG at Malha Sports Complex
Israel Railways Old Jerusalem–Tel Aviv 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. 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.

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Hebrew language

Hebrew language

Hebrew is a Northwest Semitic language within the Afroasiatic language family. It was natively spoken by the Israelites and remained in regular use as a spoken language by their longest-surviving descendants, the Jews and Samaritans, before dying out after 200 CE. However, it was largely preserved as a liturgical language, featuring prominently in Judaism and Samaritanism. Having ceased to be a dead language in the 19th century, today's Hebrew serves as the only successful large-scale example of linguistic revival. It is the only non-extinct Canaanite language, and is also one of only two Northwest Semitic languages still spoken, with the other being Aramaic.

Stadium

Stadium

A stadium is a place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a tiered structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.

Malha

Malha

Malha is a neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem, between Pat, Ramat Denya and Kiryat Hayovel in the Valley of Rephaim. Before 1948, Malha was an Arab village known as al-Maliha.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Jerusalem is a city in Western Asia. Situated on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea, it is one of the oldest cities in the world and is considered to be a holy city for the three major Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital, as Israel maintains its primary governmental institutions there and the State of Palestine ultimately foresees it as its seat of power. Because of this dispute, neither claim is widely recognized internationally.

Beitar Jerusalem F.C.

Beitar Jerusalem F.C.

Beitar Jerusalem Football Club, commonly known as Beitar Jerusalem or simply as Beitar (בית"ר), is an Israeli football club based in the city of Jerusalem, that plays in the Israeli Premier League, the top tier in Israeli football. The club has traditionally worn kit colours of yellow and black. The team has played its home matches in Teddy Stadium. The stadium is the largest stadium in Israel with a capacity of 31,733.

Hapoel Jerusalem F.C.

Hapoel Jerusalem F.C.

Hapoel Jerusalem Football Club is a professional football club based in Jerusalem, Israel. It plays in the Israeli Premier League, the top flight of Israeli football. Founded in 1926, their home ground is the Teddy Stadium.

Israel national football team

Israel national football team

The Israel national football team represents Israel in international football, and is governed by the Israel Football Association (IFA).

Teddy Kollek

Teddy Kollek

Theodor "Teddy" Kollek was an Israeli politician who served as the mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to 1993, and founder of the Jerusalem Foundation. Kollek was re-elected five times, in 1969, 1973, 1978, 1983, and 1989. After reluctantly running for a seventh term in 1993 at the age of 82, he lost to Likud candidate and future Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert.

History

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]
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
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.

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Malha

Malha

Malha is a neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem, between Pat, Ramat Denya and Kiryat Hayovel in the Valley of Rephaim. Before 1948, Malha was an Arab village known as al-Maliha.

Arab citizens of Israel

Arab citizens of Israel

The Arab citizens of Israel are the largest ethnic minority in the country. They comprise a hybrid community of Israeli citizens with a heritage of Palestinian citizenship, mixed religions, bilingual in Arabic and Hebrew, and with varying social identities. Self-identification as Palestinian citizens of Israel has sharpened in recent years, alongside distinct identities including Galilee and Negev Bedouin, the Druze people, and Arab Christians and Arab Muslims who do not identify as Palestinians. In Arabic, commonly used terms to refer to Israel's Arab population include 48-Arab and 48-Palestinian. Since the Nakba, the Palestinians that have remained within Israel's 1948 borders have been colloquially known as "48-Arabs". In Israel itself, Arab citizens are commonly referred to as Israeli-Arabs or simply as Arabs; international media often uses the term Arab-Israeli to distinguish Arab citizens of Israel from the Palestinian Arabs residing in the Palestinian territories.

Israel national football team

Israel national football team

The Israel national football team represents Israel in international football, and is governed by the Israel Football Association (IFA).

Accessibility

Accessibility

Accessibility is the design of products, devices, services, vehicles, or environments so as to be usable by people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design and practice of accessible development ensures both "direct access" and "indirect access" meaning compatibility with a person's assistive technology.

Concession stand

Concession stand

A concession stand, snack kiosk or snack bar is a place where patrons can purchase snacks or food at a cinema, amusement park, zoo, aquarium, circus, fair, stadium, beach, swimming pool, concert, sporting event, or other entertainment venue. Some events or venues contract the right to sell food to third parties. Those contracts are often referred to as a concession — hence the name for a stand where food is sold. Usually prices for goods at concession stands are greater than elsewhere for the convenience of being close to an attraction, with outside food and drink being prohibited, and they often contribute significant revenue to the venue operator.

Maccabiah Games

Maccabiah Games

The Maccabiah Games, first held in 1932, are an international Jewish and Israeli multi-sport event held quadrennially in Israel. The Maccabiah Games are open to Jewish athletes from around the world, and to all Israeli citizens regardless of their religion. It is the third-largest sporting event in the world by number of competitors, with 10,000 athletes competing. The Maccabiah Games were declared a "Regional Sports Event" by, and under the auspices and supervision of, the International Olympic Committee in 1961.

Seating capacity

Seating capacity

Seating capacity is the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, in terms of both the physical space available, and limitations set by law. Seating capacity can be used in the description of anything ranging from an automobile that seats two to a stadium that seats hundreds of thousands of people. The largest sporting venue in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has a permanent seating capacity for more than 235,000 people and infield seating that raises capacity to an approximate 400,000.

Belgium national football team

Belgium national football team

The Belgium national football team officially represents Belgium in men's international football since their maiden match in 1904. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Europe by UEFA—both of which were co-founded by the Belgian team's supervising body, the Royal Belgian Football Association. Periods of regular Belgian representation at the highest international level, from 1920 to 1938, from 1982 to 2002 and again from 2014 onwards, have alternated with mostly unsuccessful qualification rounds. Most of Belgium's home matches are played at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

The UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying tournament was a football competition that was played from September 2014 to November 2015 to determine the 23 UEFA member men's national teams joining the automatically qualified host team France in the UEFA Euro 2016 final tournament.

IFAF Flag Football World Championship

IFAF Flag Football World Championship

IFAF Flag Football World Championship is the international championship in flag football, organized by International Federation of American Football. The men's and women's competitions are usually held in the same venue. The tournament starts with pool play to fill in the seeding and follows an elimination-style of play after that. At the end of the tournament the top teams are rewarded with Bronze (3rd), Silver (2nd) or Gold (1st). The IFAF Flag Football World Championship is held every two years in different countries.

Supporters

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

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 6,700 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

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
16 November 2019  Israel 1–2  Poland UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying 16,700
19 June 2023  Israel  Andorra UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying
18 November 2023  Israel  Romania UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying

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Israel national football team

Israel national football team

The Israel national football team represents Israel in international football, and is governed by the Israel Football Association (IFA).

CIS national football team

CIS national football team

The Commonwealth of Independent States national football team was a transitional national team of the Football Federation of the Soviet Union in 1992. It was accepted that the team would represent the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Exhibition game

Exhibition game

An exhibition game is a sporting event whose prize money and impact on the player's or the team's rankings is either zero or otherwise greatly reduced. In team sports, matches of this type are often used to help coaches and managers select and condition players for the competitive matches of a league season or tournament. If the players usually play in different teams in other leagues, exhibition games offer an opportunity for the players to learn to work with each other. The games can be held between separate teams or between parts of the same team.

Cyprus national football team

Cyprus national football team

The Cyprus national football team represents Cyprus in international football and is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association, the governing body for football in Cyprus. Cyprus' home ground is the GSP Stadium in Nicosia and the current coach is Temur Ketsbaia.

Uruguay national football team

Uruguay national football team

The Uruguay national football team represents Uruguay in international men's football, and is controlled by the Uruguayan Football Association, the governing body for football in Uruguay. The national team is commonly referred to as La Celeste.

Greece national football team

Greece national football team

The Greece national football team represents Greece in men's international football matches and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation, the governing body for football in Greece. Starting in 2023, Greece play their home matches in Nea Filadelfeia, a suburb of Athens, at the newly built Agia Sophia Stadium. Greece is one of only ten national teams to have been crowned UEFA European Champions.

Argentina national football team

Argentina national football team

The Argentina national football team represents Argentina in men's international football and is administered by the Argentine Football Association, the governing body for football in Argentina.

Latvia national football team

Latvia national football team

The Latvia national football team represents Latvia in international football and is controlled by the Latvian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Latvia. They have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup, but did qualify for the European Championship in 2004 under head coach Aleksandrs Starkovs.

Croatia national football team

Croatia national football team

The Croatia national football team represents Croatia in international football matches. It is governed by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), the governing body for football in Croatia. It is a member of UEFA in Europe and FIFA in global competitions. The team's colors reference two national symbols: the Croatian checkerboard and the country's tricolour. They are colloquially referred to as the Vatreni ('Blazers') and Kockasti.

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References
  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 ש"ח". YNET. 16 March 2022.

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

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