Sar-Tov Stadium

Sar-Tov Stadium (Hebrew: איצטדיון שר-טוב‎, Itztadion Sar-Tov), commonly known as HaKufsa (lit. The Box) was a football stadium in Netanya, Israel. It was used mostly for football matches and was the home stadium of Maccabi Netanya. It is set to be demolished to make way for a new housing development after Maccabi Netanya moved to the new Netanya Stadium.[1]

Sar-Tov Stadium
איצטדיון שר-טוב
The Box
הקופסא
Sar-Tov Stadium (21).jpg
LocationNetanya, Israel
OwnerCity of Netanya
OperatorCity of Netanya
Capacity7,500
SurfaceGrass
OpenedAugust 1943
ClosedAugust 2012
Tenants
Maccabi Netanya (1943-2012)

Inauguration of the StadiumEdit

The stadium was inaugurated in August, 1943 against FK Naša Krila Zemun. The game, held in front of a full stadium, ended in a 1-1 draw with Yitzhak Casspi scoring the first goal for Netanya.

The NicknameEdit

The official name was the "Sar-Tov Stadium", named in honor of Joseph Sar-Tov, who was one of the founders of Maccabi Netanya and served as the first chairman of the club. Over the years the stadium was dubbed as "HaKufsa" ("The Box"), the nickname comes from the relatively small size of the ground and being surrounded by stands in the manner reminiscent of a box.

ReferencesEdit

Coordinates: 32°20′02.18″N 34°51′43.91″E / 32.3339389°N 34.8621972°E / 32.3339389; 34.8621972