Romema Sports Arena - Maccabi Haifa Basketball Club
The Romema Sports Arena, originally built in 1976 with a 3,000 seating capacity, is a municipal arena located in the Romema neighborhood of Haifa. The arena has served as Maccabi Bazan Haifa’s home court since its opening. Romema Arena hosts many cultural events, including the annual “Festigal” during Chanukah. In 2010, after Maccabi Bazan Haifa’s success on the court, the municipality and Mayor Yona Yahav made the decision to finance a major structural renovation of the arena with a total investment of 70 million shekels.
The newly renovated Romema Arena opened at the start of the 2012-13 season with an expanded 5,000 seating capacity, making it the second largest indoor arena in Israel. The beautifully renovated arena, Romema features a “Boston Garden” style parquet, a new VIP room, new locker rooms, concessions, and a foyer with two restaurants open throughout the week. An advanced lighting and sound system will allow the arena to hold concerts, shows, and other sporting events.
On June 2015, a contract between the Municipality of Haifa and Raanan Katz was signed for the naming rights of Romema, which will now named RK Arena.
Romema Arena, built with the highest European and International standards, will hold future international basketball competitions and tournaments. During the 2012-13 season, Romema hosted the preseason Israeli “Winner” Cup and the Israeli League All-Star game. On June 13, 2013, Romema Arena was home to the Israeli Super League championship game for the first-time ever in the arena’s history, in which Maccabi Bazan Haifa toppled Maccabi Tel Aviv 86-79 to win the Greens’ first champion in franchise history.
Arena Address: Pika Road 69, Romema, Haifa 3103703.
How to Get to Romema Arena
From Hof HaCarmel Central Station:
Bus Lines 11 or 123 run from 5AM to 11.30PM. The price is 6.9 NIS
From Merkazit Ha-Mifratz Central Station:
Bus Lines 16,123 or 136 run from 5AM to 11.30PM. The price is 6.9 NIS
From Bat Galim Central Station:
Bus Lines 30, 30a, 31 or 136 run (Direct) from 6AM to 11.00 PM. The price is 6.9 NIS
By Car (from Tel Aviv): Take Route 2 North for 77 km to the south entrance of Haifa, slight right on to the Shmuel Arad Bridge, continue to the The Carmel Tunnels (toll road) and drive for 3 km until the first exit (Neve Sha’anan) on the right. Turn right onto Derech Simha Golan, turn left onto Derech Ruppin and continue onto Derech Pica 69 (Romema will be on your right).