"Sammy Ofer" stadium, Israel's most modern and innovative football stadium, was built to the highest standards and meets all stringent requirements in all international competitions. The stadium meets UEFA Standard 4 and can host matches in all European competitions. The stadium was designed by the architectural firm KSS Architects of London and Israeli "Mansfield Kahat" architectural firm.
The stadium was opened during 2014-2015 game season.
The stadium was built at a cost of 500 million NIS and it includes many spaces on an overall area of 60,000 square meters approximately. Seater capacity is 30,696 seats, with over 80 entrances and exists to and from the various sections.
The seats are fully roofed and the stadium is equipped with modern means of technology such as: A state-of-the-art public address system, two giant 72 square-meter each LED screens and 250 CCTV cameras, used by the advanced control room.
Hundreds of toilets, as well as 20 food stands designed to serve the stadium's visiting public.
included assuring that the viewing angle from each and every one of the seats would be optimal, so that even a supporter sitting in the last row on the upper level will feel close to the pitch its events.
Most of the rooms and facilities in the stadium, scattered across the 6 floors of the stadium, are situated at the western part of "Sammy Ofer".
The first floor, the largest of all floors, is completely sterile.
It was carefully designed to provide the professional staff and players the best conditions from the time of their arrival to the stadium and until after the end of the match.
This floor includes four locker room complexes, each suitable for up to 25 players, two gyms, two warm-up rooms, coach rooms, some of the most luxurious referee rooms, an observer room, drug-test room, four interview stands, rooms for players' families, usher rooms, various warehouses.
The second floor hosts the most luxurious media complex in Israel, which offers an experience on an international scale provides for all the needs of the various media and press people who will use it.
The complex features a conference and press conference room that contains 80 seats, an entrance lobby and work rooms for the media personnel, which provides every type of service, starting from power, telephone and Internet connections and down to private rooms for TV camera work, including special stations for the foreign media, which could consume all the information it needs, inter alia through the simultaneous translation room. This floor offers a direct access to the press section, located at the western section's lower level.
The third floor hosts the Silver Lounge, the entrance lobby to the gold and diamond booths, dining buffets and the entrance lobby to the club's. The club's flagship store that offers souvenirs and clothing items of the team and the Maccabi Haifa Museum are planned to be hosted on this floor.
The fourth floor hosts the VIP Clubs: The Presidential Club Room, the Diamond Club Lounge and the two gold club halls, which will be serviced through special rooms from which food and hosting services will be provided, and which were specially assigned for this purpose.
The fifth floor hosts 36 viewing boxes. Each viewing box shall contain an approximately 10 seats on a balcony overlooking the stadium and, if necessary, the club could provide viewing boxes that accommodate up to 30 viewers.
Each box shall include a private bathroom and a fully equipped bar, a seating arrangement and a discussions table.
In addition, this floor will also host the stadium's offices and the offices of the club's management.
The sixth floor, the smallest floor, shall host the sophisticated command and control room, from which it will be possible to monitor the entire stadium via the CCTV system. This floor shall host TV and Radio Broadcasting stands and makeup rooms, which will serve the broadcasting entity.