Recently there was one impressive stadium opened in Israel every year. 2015 seems to be the last for now, but Turner Stadium is one more proof of how Israeli football is changing.
You may have conflicting impressions of the stadium. On one hand grey cladding, concrete and raw steel seem somewhat inhospitable. But once you enter this fortress, it’s cosy and very well delivered. Now you can express your appreciation by voting for Turner Stadium!
Toto Jacob Turner Stadium, as it’s officially known, may bring the Dutch Gelredome to mind and not without reason. That stadium was the direct inspiration. Its advantage is a very efficient roof structure as the roof trusses rest upon high corner walls. So do the steel frames holding outer cladding in place.
The dark steel, combined with concrete and grey cladding make the building seem monumental, almost fortified. This impression is softened by red details (colour of home team Hapoel). On the outside it’s a red wave enveloping the façade.
Turner Stadium is much more welcoming inside. The concourses under stands are spacious, have decent natural lighting thanks to the perforated facades and offer much appreciated shade.
Inside it’s even more cosy as the enclosed corners create an intimate atmosphere. Red seats support Hapoel fanbase’s identity and judging by attendance the 16,000 capacity should be well suited to the city’s demand.