Sammy Ofer International Stadium – Israel

This site is a 30,000-seat planned multi-purpose stadium in Haifa,Israel, that began construction in late 2009. It is hoped to be completed by 2013, to be used mostly for football matches and host the home matches of Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Haifa. It will replace their current Kiryat Eliezer Stadium. The stadium is named after naval-mogul Sammy Ofer, who donated $20,000,000 to build the stadium and name it after himself. It is said that Ofer’s contribution is 20% of the cost of the stadium and naming it after him was one of his conditions.The stadium is planned to be used in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship that will be held in Israel.The facility has been designed to UEFA Elite category requirements and incorporates hospitality facilities for 1,800 VIPs, executives and box holders, including a striking pitch facing Sky Restaurant.

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