Teddy Stadium

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 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

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.

Other Languages
العربية: ملعب تيدي
bosanski: Stadion Teddy
čeština: Stadion Teddy
Deutsch: Teddy-Stadion
Ελληνικά: Στάδιο Τέντι
français: Stade Teddy
македонски: Стадион Теди
Nederlands: Teddystadion
Simple English: Teddy Stadium
українська: Тедді (стадіон)