Ramat Gan Stadium
The National Stadium
האצטדיון הלאומי (until 2014)
|Location||Ramat Gan, Israel|
|Owner||Israel Football Association|
|Capacity||13,370 (permitted seats)|
|Field size||105 × 68 m (115 × 74 yd)|
|Broke ground||Early 1950|
|Architect||Ivor Shaw Friba|
|Israel national football team (1956–2014) |
Israel women's national football team
Hapoel Ramat Gan Givatayim F.C.
Hapoel Ra'anana A.F.C. (2018–present, temporary)
Completed in 1951 and serving as Israel's largest stadium ever since, this all-seated stadium contains 41,583 seats while 13,370 of which are located in the Western Tribune completed in 1982 – at the time the stadium went through a major refurbishing process.
The stadium is mixed-use, fit for athletic competitions alongside its more regular usage as a football stadium when it hosts Israel international football matches along with the home UEFA Champions League matches of Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa in the 2004–05 and 2009–10 seasons, respectively. The pitch dimensions are 105 m × 68 m (115 × 74 yd), with a 10,500 m2 (2.6 acres) lawn. The stadium's plot area is 36,000 m2 (8.9 acres).
The stadium also contains six dressing rooms, meeting halls, a conference center, press rooms, referees' room and medical and drug-test clinics. It is sided by two training fields, large athletes clinic, a café-restaurant, and a 3,900 space open-air car park. It also houses the headquarters of the Israel Football Association.
The artificial lighting conditions in the stadium are on the same level with the world's top stadiums, offering a max 1,550 lux on every part of the pitch.
Until the opening of Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa, it was the only stadium in Israel which was world-class standard, and the only one to host official FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and UEFA Champions League games, although Hapoel Tel Aviv got permission to stage their 2010 Champions League games at the Bloomfield Stadium. The stadium was also the location for opening ceremonies of the Maccabiah Games, but from 2013, the location for opening ceremonies is Teddy Stadium Jerusalem. With the more modern Sammy Ofer Stadium and Teddy Stadium replacing it as alternative homes for the Israel National Football Team, as of today (2018) the stadium remains largely abandoned as a venue for football games.
The stadium has hosted musical acts such as Depeche Mode, Elton John, R.E.M., Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Leonard Cohen, Sting, High on Fire, Orphaned Land, Metallica, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan and Kanye West. In 2012 Madonna opened her MDNA Tour at the stadium, playing in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 33,000 people.