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.
|Owner||City of Jerusalem|
|Operator||City of Jerusalem|
|Field size||105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)|
|Renovated||1997–98, 2011–13, 2018-2019|
|Construction cost||$60 million|
|Architect||Yossi Ben Naim|
|Beitar Jerusalem (1992–present)|
Hapoel Jerusalem (1992–present)
Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem (2011–present)
Israel national football team (2015–present)
Beitar Nordia Jerusalem (2016–present)
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.
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.
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.
From September 2016 a new solar system which can produce 685 KW per hour is being installed on the roof of Teddy stadium.
In the middle of 2018 Teddy stadium has been started to be renovated, as Jerusalem municipality announced that it will assign 25 million ₪ for upgrading the stadium. List of things that have already been completed:
- Players warm-up hall renovations.
- New players bench ergonomic seats.
- Professional sound system installation.
In February 2019 the second phase of the renovation had begun:
- Completing the south stand roof.
- Construction of 8 new VIP boxes in the west stand.
|15 April 1998||Israel||2–1||Argentina||Friendly|
|9 February 2003||Israel||3–3||Croatia||Friendly|
|14 November 2012||Israel||1–2||Belarus||Friendly|
|6 June 2013||Spain||1–0||Russia||2013 Euro U-21||10,000|
|9 June 2013||Netherlands||5–1||Russia||2013 Euro U-21||7,500|
|11 June 2013||Israel||1–0||England||2013 Euro U-21||22,150|
|18 June 2013||Spain||4–2||Italy||2013 Euro U-21||29,300|
|31 March 2015||Israel||0–1||Belgium||2016 Euro qualifying||29,750|
|13 October 2015||Israel||1–2||Cyprus||2016 Euro qualifying||25,300|
|9 October 2016||Israel||2-1||Liechtenstein||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||9,000|
|9 October 2017||Israel||0–1||Spain||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||28,700|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem.|
- Jerusalem municipality official website
- Goldblatt, David (23 April 2008). "Football and politics in the Holy City". BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
- Heller, Aron (20 January 2012). "Israeli club paying price for racist fans". Associated Press.
- Jerusalem: Teddy Stadium goes solar – StadiumDB.com
- 0404 News Website