Next year, in spring, the reconstruction of the city stadium in Kranjčevićeva Street will begin, and in the summer of 2025, Zagreb will receive a modern stadium with 12 thousand seats that will serve the needs of many sports clubs in Zagreb, announced Mayor Tomislav Tomašević at a press conference on Wednesday.
This involves a complete renovation and upgrade of new stands, a significant increase in capacity, all seating will be fully covered, and the stands will be lowered to the level of the pitch, as is the case with all modern stadiums, said the mayor.
“The total investment for this project will be just under 20 million euros. We have secured the funds in the budget and we hope for co-financing from UEFA with the help of the Croatian Football Federation. In the next season, the stadium will be used by the Lokomotiva and Rudeš clubs. The idea is for the new stadium to meet UEFA’s Category 4 so that all international matches can be played here, from the Champions League to official national team matches.” He added that the plan is for GNK Dinamo to move to the new stadium in Kranjčevićeva so that the old stadium at Maksimir can be demolished and a new stadium built in its place. “We have been in discussions with Dinamo and the government for some time, and those discussions are in the final stages,” the mayor said.
Deputy Mayor Luka Korlaet explained that the new stadium will be a modern, sustainable, and green project, and the reconstruction of the stadium built back in 1921 will be carried out according to the project by Professor of Architecture Vladimir Kasun.
On the eastern side of the new stadium, there will be a parking lot that will serve as a sports and recreational area when there are no matches. The project also includes a new triangular city square, and large solar panels will be installed on the roof above the stands to provide energy for the stadium. The outer parts will feature hanging horizontal gardens that will be irrigated with rainwater collected from the roof above the stands.
“The new stadium will be a closed-type stadium with four stands, with 4,000 seats for the west and east sides, and 2,000 seats for the north and south sides. The stadium will blend in with its surroundings, so from all sides, it will look like a residential house, as if there are buildings in the same style as others in the vicinity of the stadium. We believe that this is an extremely welcome element in Zagreb,” said Deputy Korlaet.
Mayor Tomašević emphasized that the stadium in Kranjčevićeva, along with the reconstruction of the Sports Hall and the construction of a swimming pool in Špansko, is one of the three most significant projects for sports infrastructure in Zagreb.