The first game at the new Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa, Israel, took place on the 15th September 2014, with a convincing win for Maccabi Haifa against Bnei Sakhnin in the Israeli Premier League. The game which saw a 4-2 victory for the Greens was played out in front of a sold-out crowd of 30,000 spectators.
Construction of the futuristic 30,820-seat multi-purpose stadium at the southern gateway of the city began in November 2010 and was completed in August 2014. The venue will be used for football matches including all home games for Israeli Premier League sides Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Haifa, and will also serve as a venue for mass recreation, entertainment and cultural events. The stadium will also host international football, with the first match taking place in November 2014 between Israel and World Cup debutants Bosnia & Herzegovina.
The stadium is located at the base of the beautiful southern slopes of Mount Carmel, and the 145 acre master plan includes a 20 acre urban plaza and parking for 1,600 cars. The exterior of the stadium is unique in form and innovative in design, and its gold shingle cladding envelope adds another dimension to the already impressive Mount Carmel backdrop.
The stadium was delivered by KSS in partnership with Haifa-based architects Mansfeld Kehat and has been given Category 4 status under UEFA’s stadium ranking system. This prestigious UEFA standard places the Sammy Ofer Stadium alongside world famous football grounds such as London’s Wembley Stadium and Barcelona’s Camp Nou.