HaMakhtesh Stadium

HaMakhtesh Stadium

The HaMakhtesh Stadium (אצטדיון המכתש, Etztadion HaMakhtesh) is a stadium in the central Israeli city of Giv'atayim and the home of Hapoel Ramat Gan. The name "HaMakhtesh" translates into English as "The Crater".

The stadium was originally opened in 1927 and nowadays has an all-seated capacity of 6,000. There are only two stands; one behind a goal and the other alongside the pitch. The record attendance is 9,000 for the championship-deciding match between Hapoel Ramat Gan and Hapoel Petah Tikva on 28 March 1964, which was won by the home side.

Despite Hapoel playing in the UEFA Cup in 2003-04, the stadium has never witnessed European football, as due to a UEFA ban on matches being played in Israel because of security concerns, Hapoel's home match against Levski Sofia was played in Dunajská Streda, Slovakia.

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