Park Mladeži, A New Chapter for Ultra Europe in Split

Daniela Rogulj


June 27,  2019 – After six unforgettable years, ULTRA Europe opens a four-year chapter at the Park Mladeži stadium in Split. The new site will record historic results already in its first year – the seventh edition will enlist its millionth visitor, and the record sales of tickets are expected to be even higher. These figures are the result of a year-long successful strategy and vision of organizers who have not given up on their goal to make this festival the biggest in Europe. With the most expensive line up ever on this stage of a record 1,500 square meters, Park Mladeži will host ULTRA Europe from July 12 to 14, 2019. 

“We are delighted to confirm that we have partnered with the City of Split and the Public Institution for Sports Facilities in Split for four-year cooperation and that together we will make Park Mladeži a leading sport and event location in the region. Poljud has made a big contribution to the development and attractiveness of the ULTRA Europe festival, which will continue to develop and grow in a new home, until at least 2022. We are proud to announce that we will record the millionth visitor, and according to the estimated tickets sold, we will host a record number of visitors this year,” said Joe Bašić, director of MPG Live, organizer of the ULTRA Europe festival and added:

“Park Mladeži is not news. We were serious about this location in 2012 before we chose Poljud. It’s only a mile away, and because of its size, it opened up new possibilities in the production and organizational sense. This way, we will be able to reduce the time of entry into the stadium due to a better solution at the entrance, and also because of the greater number of exits, the safety of our visitors will be even higher this year. What we are particularly pleased about is the fact that the people of Split can now enjoy Hajduk from Poljud and watch top European football and enjoy the festival at the same time as one of the trademarks of their city.” 


Park Mladeži is 15,000 square meters bigger than Poljud, which represents football fields, giving new opportunities to the organizers. The new location is only a kilometer away from Poljud, close to the old city center, surrounded by numerous hotels, near the shopping center, a variety of restaurants, parking for cars and public transport. The central football pitch is of the same dimensions as the old location but is directly connected and surrounded by greenery, which ultimately opens the possibility of using 30,000 square meters and increasing the capacity to 55,000 visitors. The organizers have announced a never-before-seen stage that will extend to 1,500 square meters, and will be the largest stage ever set in the region. With additional production elements, such as 1000 square meter LED screens, numerous lighting fixtures, and special effects, visitors are expected to genuinely enjoy the seventh edition of the festival. The spectacular fireworks that became the trademark of the ULTRA Europe festival will light up the Split sky and its unique 360-degree design is one of the most exciting moments of every festival night. Due to the infrastructure of Park Mladeži, a better experience for VIP guests will be provided as there will be a special entry and direct access to the lodges.

In the next few days, all details of the contract between the Public Institution of Sports Facilities and MPG Live will be defined. “This top-class music experience places Split and the Adriatic coast onto the international map of festivals and will also affirm the new space in the city of Split, which surely adds value to Ultra. Good cooperation with the Public Institution of Sports Facilities in Split, which manages and maintains the Park Mladeži through contract, in cooperation with MPG and the ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL, will provide additional and necessary investment in the infrastructure of this sports facility. The city administration specifically requested it, and the organizer expressed this to understand that the needs of the surrounding population are also taken into account,” said the City of Split after the meeting.

The ULTRA Europe festival in Split started its story in 2013 at Poljud Stadium, home of HNK Hajduk. Since the club’s upcoming games have just been confirmed, the new solution was necessary. 

“At the end of last season, HNK Hajduk placed into the UEFA Europa League. They are scheduled to play on July 11th and 18th, and if they advance further, they will continue the second qualifying round on July 25th, while in the meantime, Hajduk will host their first game of the Croatian First League at Poljud. Until the end of May, it was not known which of UEFA Europa League’s first qualifying rounds were to be held at Poljud. Placing 4th in the Croatian League ensured that Hajduk would host two UEFA Europa League games in July, while the draw of the Croatian competition decided that Hajduk would play at Poljud on the 21st of July. Therefore, it was possible that from July 11th to 25th, HNK Hajduk would play at Poljud three times. The draw was just held on June 18 and 19 in Nyon, and until then, we did not know the schedule of our rivals or locations for the qualifying rounds. The Dugopolje stadium would not be adequate for this stage of the European competition, so the club did not have much choice for their obligations expected during July in Split,” said Hajduk’s Head of Public Relations, Ante Bilić.

The lineup for this year’s festival is already well known. Recall, the hard-hitters of the electronic music scene such as Swedish House Mafia, Above & Beyond, Adam Beyer, Afrojack, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Dubfire, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Maceo Plex, Rezz, Rezz, Richie Hawtin, Sasha & Nic Fanciulli, Steve Aoki and Tchami X Malaa will be joined by Art Department, Cheat Codes, Jeffret Suttorius, Lost Kings, Nicky Romero, Patrice Baumel and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano will grace the audience in Split. 

The lineup includes 50 names that will feature across the four stages.


11. July – RESISTANCE Opening Party / Hemingway Club, Split

12.- 14. July – ULTRA Europe / Park Mladeži, Split

15. July – Regatta Party / 585 Club, Bol, Brač

16. July – ULTRA Beach Hvar / Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort, Hvar

16. July – RESISTANCE Hvar, Carpe Diem Beach Club

17. July – RESISTANCE Vis Closing Party / Fort George, Vis

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