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Croatia to get new national football stadium

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28 March 2019 – Croatian Football Federation president Davor Šuker has said on Thursday that a new national stadium will be built in the Zagreb suburb of Blato. 

“Two days ago we had a meeting with representatives from the city and government. We are on the right path to build a stadium with a capacity of 25-30,000 people. I hope in the next two years we will have a beautiful stadium built,” Šuker said after a meeting with the government and City of Zagreb, Jutarnji list reported.

Šuker said finances from UEFA and FIFA can be obtained to help build the stadium.

“At the moment a stadium is being built in Osijek and in Rijeka, Rujevica was built. The stadium in Zagreb won’t be a national stadium but a city stadium. Croatia will continue to play in Pula, Rijeka, and all over the country. We are also thinking of Split, it is important we satisfy all regions. We will help Poljud stadium to be renovated, we need to talk and find money so everyone is happy,” Šuker added.

The Croatian Football Federation president revealed that the location for the new stadium will be Blato, which is located in Novi Zagreb.  

“It is sad that this year in qualifying we will play at great new stadiums in Budapest, Bratislava, Baku and Cardiff and that the World Cup runners-up do not have an adequate home in their country where they have provided so much to enjoy,” Šuker said. 

Maksimir stadium (Photo: Domogoj Vranar/HNS)

Before the EURO 2020 qualifiers started, Šuker said that Croatia deserved a national stadium fitting of its results and statue in world football and pointed to Hungary’s Groupama Arena, where Croatia were beaten on Sunday, as an example of how to finance and built a great stadium. 

“Let Groupama Arena be an inspiration for Croatia to build a stadium fitting for the World Cup runners-up,” he said. 

Groupama Arena (HNS)

Groupama Arena cost around 50 million euros to build and took 14 months. With a capacity of 23,000 people, it can also be used for concerts and other events 

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