Since the foundation of the state in 1948, Maccabi Tel Aviv have hosted opponents at several venues: Eight seasons at the Maccabiah Stadium, six seasons at Basa, 13 seasons at Ramat Gan, three seasons in Netanya and 37 seasons at Bloomfield.
Maccabi have hosted fixtures at Bloomfield during five separate periods: 1963/64-1965/66, 1969/70-1984/85, 1986/87, 1995/96, 2000/01-2015/16.
Since the original Bloomfield Stadium was inaugurated in 1962, Maccabi have won 13 league championships, nine of which were gained when Bloomfield was the club’s home ground. Three of those titles were secured with a home victory there (1979, 1996, 2015).
Bloomfield has also hosted 11 State Cup finals, four of which included Maccabi, who won on each occasion.
Maccabi’s first ever match at Bloomfield was an away league clash against Hapoel Tel Aviv in December 1962, losing 1-0.
Maccabi’s first home match at the venue was in the 1963/64 season when Yitzhak Nahmias scored in a 1-0 league win over Bnei Yehuda.
Maccabi’s final fixture before the stadium was closed for rebuilding was a 6-0 thrashing of Maccabi Haifa in the 2015/16 season.
Maccabi have played 833 official fixtures at Bloomfield over the years and have racked up 462 victories, 236 draws and 185 defeats. They have scored 1,476 goals and have conceded 791 times.
League fixtures have accounted for the vast majority of competitive matches,708. There have been 70 State Cup matches, 63 in the Toto Cup, 27 in European competitions, eight in the Intertoto Cup, five in the Champion of Champions Trophy and two in the “20-Year tournament.”
Maccabi have faced 81 opponents in all competitions at Bloomfield but Hapoel Tel Aviv have been the most common foe. The two sides have met 124 times.
Of the 708 league matches played, 565 have been home fixtures and 143 have been as the away team. Maccabi’s league record at Bloomfield is 356 wins, 206 draws and 146 defeats, with a 1,116-608 positive goal difference.
There have been 299 home wins, 165 draws and 101 defeats with a 907-455 positive goal difference.
The largest crowd ever at the old Bloomfield Stadium was 22,000, and in 74 of Maccabi’s fixtures there has been a crowd in excess of 20,000.
Maccabi’s biggest league win at Bloomfield was a 10-1 win over Rishon Letzion in 2001.
Benny Tabak is the team’s outstanding scorer at the ground with 83 goals, 60 of them in league play.
Four Maccabi players have scored four times in one match at the stadium:
Eran Zahavi in the 5-0 league win over Kiryat Shmona (2015/16)
Benny Tabak in the 5-0 State Cup win over Hapoel Acre (1987/88)
Viki Peretz in the 6-0 State Cup win over Bnei Nazareth (1973/74)
Shalom Shikva in the 7-0 league win over Beitar Tel Aviv (1969/70)
Fastest Maccabi goal: 17 seconds by Maor Buzaglo, 2009/10 against Beitar Jerusalem.
Latest Maccabi goal: 99th minute by Moshe Lugasi, 2012/13 against Bnei Yehuda.
Maccabi have fielded 431 players in matches at Bloomfield. Miko Belo, with 286 apperances, 241 in the league, has appeared most times.
Goalkeeper Bonnie Ginzburg making his debut for the full side in 1980/81 was the youngest-ever Maccabi player to turn out at Bloomfield when he was aged 15 years, 359 days, against Hapoel Ramat Gan.
Goalkeeper Alexander Ouvarov was Maccabi’s oldest player to appear at Bloomfield. It was his final match before retiring in 1999/2000, at 40 years, four months, against Beitar Jerusalem.
Maccabi’s longest winning streak at Bloomfield was nine matches in 2012/13 and the longest unbeaten run was 29 matches in 2014/15.