About the project
Teddy Kollek Stadium (locally known as Teddy Stadium) is a 12,000-seat, fully-equipped sport stadium considered to be among the best in the country.The stadium is home to two professional soccer teams, Hapo’el Jerusalem and Beitar Jerusalem. The stadium also provides a home to the Jerusalem Bicycle Club, the Jerusalem Marathon and other sports clubs.The stadium’s completion represented a major success for the municipality, the Jerusalem Development Authority and the Jerusalem Foundation, who previously had tried to build the stadium in several locations.The final site is in a major development area near the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem, the Ein Ya’el Living Museum, the country’s largest shopping mall and a high-tech industrial park. The stadium was completed by then-MayorTeddy Kollek’s 80th birthday and was named in his honor. In 1995, the Jerusalem Foundation supported construction of a martial arts center beneath the stands of the stadium to serve as a focal point for martial arts activities in Jerusalem. The facility, which is operated by the Berlin Center for Culture, Youth & Sport and includes a sports hall, locker rooms and administrative offices, provides classes in ikedo, judo, tai kwon do and other matrial arts, and offers special programs, including those for disabled children and a Jewish-Arab summer camp.