Haifa International Stadium or Sammy Ofer Stadium is a purpose-built football stadium which has been home to the Israeli national team and both Maccabi and Hapoel Haifa since opening in 2014.
Israel National Team & Maccabi Tel Aviv Stadium Guide
|Teams:||Israel National Team & Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|Address:||Pinkhas ve-Avraham Rutenberg St 2, Haifa|
|Pitch Size:||105 m x 68 m|
|Stadium Owner:||Haifa Municipality|
|Names:||אצטדיון סמי עופר (Hebrew), The International Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa Municipal Stadium (האצטדיון העירוני חיפה)|
|Architect:||KSS Design Group|
|Construction Cost:||₪530 million|
Sammy Ofer Stadium History
Construction on the new International standard stadium took place over a five year period beginning in September 2009 almost a year after planning permission was granted. The ground’s notable golden exterior and curvy form was designed by the British based KSS Group.
Largely funded by the local municipality of Haifa, Entrepreneur Sammy Ofer donated $20 million dollars or just under 20% of the total construction cost in exchange for the naming rights.
The inaugural fixture was played on August 27th 2014 between Hapoel Haifa and Hapoel Acre in the Toto Cup, however it wouldn’t be until a month late that Maccabi Haifa would play their first league match against Bnei Sakhin FC.
To date the record attendance was set during an Euro 2016 international qualification match against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Roared on by a passionate crowd, the Israeli underdogs, christened Sammy Ofer in style with an impressive 3-nil victory against their more esteemed opponents.
During the 2016 season, Sammy Ofer is set to host the group matches of Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League. Maccabi were drawn in a group containing such prestigious sides as Porto, Dynamo Kyiv and Chelsea.
Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. Info
|Full Name:||Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club|
|Rivals:||Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israeli Classico)|
|Team Colours:||Yellow and Blue|
|Nicknames:||Maccabi, The Yellow Ones, MTA|
|Former Stadiums:||Bloomfield Stadium|
|Famous Players:||Eran Zahavi, Luis Hernández, Dor Micha, Eitan Tibi, Tal Ben Haim|
|Famous Managers:||Pauolo Sousa, Jordi Cruyff, Vladimir Ivić|
|Team Owner:||Mitchell Goldhar|
|Team Goalscorer:||Avi Nimni (174)|
|Most Appearances:||Menachem Bello (498)|
Sammy Ofer Stadium Seating Plan
Sammy Ofer Stadium Away Section
When Wales played Israel in a Euro 2016 qualifier back in March 2015, the relatively small country was given an initial allocation of 2,000 tickets although a total of 2,892 seats could theoretically be assigned to the visitors.
Travelling supporters are housed within the south-west corner of the stadium across two-tiers which are accessible via entrance K.
Best Pubs near ground
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Israel National Team & Maccabi Tel Aviv Club Shop
We don’t currently have any information regarding a club shop at Samy Ofer Stadium but rest assured that you can at least purchase merchandise on matchdays.
Can you take a stadium Tour?
Guided tours of Haifa Stadium can be booked by visiting this page on the official website. Tours typically last 90 minutes, aren’t available on matchdays and cost 25 NIS for adults, and 20 NIS for everyone else. This equates to around €5.00.
How to buy Israel National Team & Maccabi Tel Aviv Tickets
Tickets to see club football matches can be purchased from the stadium’s ticket office at the northern entrance of the stadium between 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Sunday to Thursday and from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm on Friday. You can purchase tickets for both Maccabi and Hapoel Haifa.
International match tickets should be purchased through your country’s football federation/association in advance of the match.
How to get to Sammy Ofer Stadium
Where is Sammy Ofer Stadium?
The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:
- 2 Rutenberg St., Haifa, Israel
There are a total of five car parks at the stadium itself with 1,600 spaces in addition to a dozen or so more privately operated ones within the local neighbourhood.
Train - Public Transport
The closest railway station is Carmel Beach. From here you can then catch the Metronit bus service or simply walk to the stadium.
Airports and Flying
Haifa Airport is only really served by domestic routes to Tel Aviv and limited international flights to Cyprus, Greece and Jordan. Ben Gurion Airport is regarded as the main International Airport of Israel and is 20km southeast of Tel Aviv.
Hotels Near Sammy Ofer Stadium
The Garden Hotel appears to be the closest option to Sammy Ofer, with the area immediately around the ground not exactly blessed with accommodation options. You will generally find more back towards the area around Haifa Center HaShmona station.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at Sammy Ofer Stadium?
Israeli side Israel National Team & Maccabi Tel Aviv play their home matches at Sammy Ofer Stadium.
What is the capacity of Sammy Ofer Stadium?
As of 2023 Sammy Ofer Stadium has an official seating capacity of 30,874 for Football matches.
When was Sammy Ofer Stadium opened?
Sammy Ofer Stadium officially opened in 2014 and is home to Israel National Team & Maccabi Tel Aviv
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Sammy Ofer Stadium in 2023. Please visit the official website of Israel National Team & Maccabi Tel Aviv for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.