Bloomfield Stadium

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Bloomfield Stadium
Bloomfield Stadium Maccabi 2019 2.jpg
LocationTel Aviv, Israel
Coordinates32°3′6.22″N 34°45′41.18″E / 32.0517278°N 34.7614389°E / 32.0517278; 34.7614389Coordinates: 32°3′6.22″N 34°45′41.18″E / 32.0517278°N 34.7614389°E / 32.0517278; 34.7614389
Public transitLight Rail interchange Red Line (Tel Aviv Light Rail)
OwnerTel Aviv-Yafo Municipality
OperatorSport Palaces Tel Aviv Yafo Ltd.
Capacity29,400
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground4 September 1960; 60 years ago (1960-09-04)
Opened13 October 1962; 58 years ago (1962-10-13)
Renovated2000, 2008–2010, 2012, 2016–2019
Tenants
Hapoel Tel Aviv (1962–present)
Maccabi Tel Aviv (1963–1966, 1969–1985, 1986–1987, 1995–1996, 2000–present)
Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv (1962–1970, 2004–present)
Israel national football team (2021–present)
1964 AFC Asian Cup
2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

Bloomfield Stadium (Hebrew: אצטדיון בלומפילד‎) is a football stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a capacity of 29,400. It is the home stadium of Hapoel Tel Aviv, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv. The stadium also serves the Israel national football team for some select home matches.

History[edit]

Bloomfield Stadium was built in Eastern Jaffa, on the land where Basa Stadium, home to Hapoel Tel Aviv since 1950, once stood. Finance for the stadium project came from the Canadian Association of Labour Israel, a Canadian charity supporting the charitable works of the Hapoel Sports Movement of the Histadrut Labour Organization in Israel, the Bloomfield family of Montreal, Canada, directly and through their family foundation called the Eldee Foundation. The project was financed in Canada and intended to honor the names of brothers Bernard M. Bloomfield and Louis M. Bloomfield, Q.C. of Montreal, Canada for their lifelong dedication to the ideals of sport in Israel. The first match at the new stadium was a 1–1 draw between Hapoel and Shimshon Tel Aviv on 13 October 1962. The stadium officially opened on 13 December 1962 on a friendly match between Hapoel and Dutch club Sportclub Enschede.

In 1963, Maccabi Tel Aviv moved into Bloomfield Stadium after hosting of their matches at the Maccabiah Stadium, in 1985 Maccabi left Bloomfield Stadium for the Ramat Gan Stadium and in 2000, Maccabi returned to host at Bloomfield Stadium.

In 2004, Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv moved into Bloomfield Stadium making it the only stadium in the top three divisions of Israeli football to have three tenants.

In September 2010, Bloomfield Stadium was granted Category 4 status by UEFA, which will allow it to host Champions League Group stage matches.[1]

It was one of four venues at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, holding three matches in Group A.[1]

Between 2016 and 2019, it was closed due to renovations for expansion to 29,000 seats.[2] As a result, the three clubs had to play their home matches in Petah Tikva and Netanya up until August 2019.

Concert venue[edit]

The stadium has hosted musical acts such as Pixies, Soundgarden, Phil Collins, the Black Eyed Peas, Scorpions, Barbra Streisand, Rihanna and Celine Dion. Dion will perform on 19 and 20 June 2021, as part of her Courage World Tour. These will be her first concerts in Israel. [3]

Gates[edit]

Gate Entrance Area Seating capacity Notes
1/VIP 24-27 204-206, 304-306, 404-406 1,316 Gold Tribune, Platinum Tribune, Press Tribune and Sky Box
2 28-30 207-209, 307-310 3,130 Home stand for Hapoel and Maccabi
4/5 41-48 214-217, 311-318 4,842 Home to Hapoel's supporters. In Maccabi matches, this stand is used for visiting supporters
7 71-74 221-224, 319-324, 419-424 5,338 Home stands for Hapoel, Maccabi and Bnei Yehuda
7/8 75-76 225, 325, 425 1,130 Home stands for Hapoel, Maccabi and Bnei Yehuda
8 77-80 226-229, 326-331, 426-431 5,342 Home stands for Hapoel, Maccabi and Bnei Yehuda
10/11 101-108 233-236, 332-339 4,861 Home to Maccabi's supporters. In Hapoel matches, this stand is used for visiting supporters
13 21-23 201-203, 300-303 3,149 Home stand for Maccabi. In Hapoel matches, this stand is used for visiting supporters

International matches[edit]

Date Result Competition Attendance
29 May 1964  Israel 2-0  India 1964 AFC Asian Cup 22,000
2 June 1964  India 3-1  Hong Kong 1964 AFC Asian Cup 5,000
17 March 1968  Israel 7-0  Ceylon 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's qualification 14,000
22 March 1968  Israel 4-0  Ceylon 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's qualification 10,000
11 October 1995  Israel 2-0  Azerbaijan UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying Group 1 7,000
26 March 2011  Israel 2-1  Latvia UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group F 10,801
29 March 2011  Israel 1-0  Georgia UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group F 13,716
2 September 2011  Israel 0-1  Greece UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group F 13,100
5 June 2013  England 0-1  Italy 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship 10,660
8 June 2013  Italy 4-0  Israel 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship 13,750
11 June 2013  Norway 1-1  Italy 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship 7,130
18 November 2019  Argentina 2-2  Uruguay Friendly 29,000
25 March 2021  Israel  Denmark 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group F
28 March 2021  Israel  Scotland 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group F

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://stadiumdb.com/stadiums/isr/bloomfield_stadium
  2. ^ "תפנית: בלומפילד יוגדל לכ-29 אלף מקומות". one.co.il. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  3. ^ https://www.celinedion.com/in-concert/

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