Sammy Ofer Stadium
|Clubs||Maccabi Haifa FC, Hapoel Haifa FC|
|Inauguration||15/09/2014 (Maccabi Haifa - Bnei Sakhnin, 4-2)|
|Cost||ILS 530 million|
|Record attendance||27,200 (Maccabi Haifa - Bnei Sakhnin, 15/09/2014)|
|Design||KSS Group, Mansfeld Kehat|
Sammy Ofer Stadium – stadium description
The conceptual design of Haifa’s new stadium was first drawn in 2007, though the idea itself was much older. From the start the arena was to hold over 30,000 people, also from the start being planned to stand near the western coast of Haifa and being interconnected with retail and leisure development.
Contrary to most significant stadium projects in Israel, this one was delivered primarily by British KSS Group, who first designed the 2007 rendition, then changed it around in 2009. The final design included a key visual feature of golden ovoid blob sitting upon the concrete stands. Cornerstone was mounted back in 2009, but construction moved forward decisively in mid-2010.
Already when the exterior was given final touches in the summer of 2013 it was clear that the architects’ vision was implemented almost flawlessly, seeing the golden cladding shine proudly atop a rectangular podium the stadium was built on. Also, both stands and the roof are supported by a mixture of steel and concrete pillars that form an interesting pattern and hide bare concrete stands despite them not having a typical façade.
The project was estimated to cost some NIS 430 million back in 2009, but saw an increase already in the 2010 Haifa Economic Corporation projections, envisioning a 500+ price tag. In the end, this proved a more realistic vision as the stadium is now thought to have cost slightly over 500 million ($145m / €107m). Because just under one fifth of the budget was donated by billionaire Sammy Ofer, the stadium was named after him.
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