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Hapoel Haifa's stadium is located at the heart of one of the "reddest" neighborhoods in Haifa.
Near the laborer youth movement's den and close to the newly rebuilt train station, Not far from the old industrial area that was once so lifeful.
Close to the big housing projects and near the small Eucalyptus grove that induces tranquility to the visitors of the stadium.
It's hard to describe a higher bond between a football side and its stadium, something dull but nevertheless the huge concrete structure beams of peace and confidence.
It know's it shouldn’t fancy it self with colorful but foreign objects.
"This is me" he tells you in a low tone, what you see is what you get…

The Kiryat Haim stadium is more then a home pitch of our red team, near it you can find the "Hapoel house", the outdoor basketball court (that once housed the local hapoel team) and the football yards that the future generations use as a playing field on Saturday's, a visit to the ground shows you the current form of the team and the future one (children who choose to play with red colors especially in this town).

And if we mentioned Saturdays…there is no doubt that one of the greatest pleasures reserved solely to the children of Kiryat Haim is the possibility of coming to the stadium on a Saturday morning (while children from across the country are watching some TV show or upsetting their parents in one way or another) to watch hapoel's kids-level teams battling their rivals in the name of the hammer & the sickle (who proudly stand on their shirts while they play the different sides from across the north and of course… the green team from the other side of Haifa), later on you could see sparks of football from the adolescent teams(those who are aged from 13 to 17), and after they are finished playing you may set your eyes on the main court and witness the youth team (the next generation of red footballers) hammer their rival without any mercy.
And there is no greater joy then spotting a youngster and then several years later tell all your friends you knew he will be a star when you first laid your eyes on him…
And then come's the main event of the day- 11 heroes in red and white go on to the pitch, those 11 whom you know will give everything to show that in Haifa there is room for 2 teams (while shutting the cocky owner of the team next door's mouth).

But don’t let the peaceful and quite area to mislead you; this fair stadium is one of the biggest forts in Israeli football.
Rival teams who come to play against our legendry red side loose a point even before stepping through the stadium gates.
This stadium had seen many legends, the like of Ruby young, Abba Gindin, Shlomi Shtiker, Eli Levental, Beni Alon and many many more, this red legends assembled the different sides who kept our beloved hapoel at the center of the Israeli football world for all this years.

The stadium has 9 entrances and the same number of box offices. On the west side you can find the concrete terraces (on top of them stands the great TV broadcasting position) on the east side you may find the grass mounds-the "real stand".
The design is similar to those of Eastern Europe stadiums (the stadium isn’t very tall), this design give's it a "huge stadium" look.
The lack of running tracks between the stands and the pitch get the fans closer to the players and create a threatening atmosphere to the guest team.

The red fort capacity is around 17,000(in high density) and don’t be mistaken this glorious ground had seen several full houses through the course of its life.
Those 17,000 fans create an amazing atmosphere and push the team to new highs every week.
I don’t believe there's a veteran fan who doesn’t remember the old chant "no mercy at Kiryat Haim" that echoed from the terraces and pushed the brave boys in red & white to score another goal.

There's nothing like visiting Kiryat Haim stadium it still stand proudly after all these years, the old terraces the old TV position and the new club offices (which are being built as I write these lines) with the young players wearing their red shirts, assuring us that this club will keep on running for many years to come.

In recent years, because of a real estate lust of several businessmen the club moved on to play at the Kiryat Eliezer stadium (which belongs to municipality of Haifa) the home of our archrivals, Maccabi Haifa…
There are still people amongst us who are waiting for a savior who will spare us the long trip to Haifa, the interaction with the Maccabi loving stewards of the stadium, the purchasing of food from a Maccabi supporting vendor and the 90 minutes of agony we have to suffer while sitting at a stadium which is everything but Hapoel Haifa.
The Kiryat Eliezer stadium is located how surprisingly at Kiryat Eliezer neighborhood across the old central bus station, the only advantage the stadium has to offer is the short walk you have to go after another hapoel defeat in order to buy food.
Kiryat Eliezer stadium can hold up to 17,000 supporters; the red fans tend to sit in blocks 2-5 (while blocks 2-4 are located under a steel roof) the writer of these lines prefer's sitting at block 5 where the sun beams on you at summer and the rain pours down on you at winter...(where it’s the closest its gets to the real home kiryat haim)

Taken from Google Earth, lets hope Iran doesn't see this