Skywalk Poljud: Soar Over Famous Split Stadium with New Adrenaline Attraction

Daniela Rogulj

Skywalk Poljud
Skywalk Poljud

Skywalk Poljud

July 20, 2020 – Split received another tourist attraction this summer – Skywalk Poljud. Open from Tuesday, this unique experience of the Hajduk stadium will be explored from a perspective never before available to the public.

“A unique experience of Poljud Stadium, where you can explore it from perspectives never before available to the public. You can walk over the rooftop and sneak into its imposing structure, to finish with a 70 m bungee over the pitch,” reads the Skywalk Poljud Facebook description.

“The Skywalk Poljud tour consists of a walk along the perimeter of the roof, and over the dome to the very top, then inside the roof structure. After that, visitors can decide whether the tour will end with a bungee jump across the field. The jump is from the KIC cabin, after which they descend to the edge of the stands,” said Slaven Vrucinic for Dalmatinski Portal and Dalmacija Danas.

Slaven is a climbing instructor and the head of the sports and climbing department of the HPD Mosor, and he states that there is no danger. Statisticians and other experts have assessed the area, and participants will be ‘double’ insured. Groups will have a maximum of eight people, who will be accompanied by two licensed guides.

“Poljud is an architectural marvel, the roof structure is made without supporting pillars, and when you find yourself on the roof, you feel like you are flying over the stadium,” Vrucinic said.

“We’ve actually copied things that have been common outside here for a while. By the way, I am a climbing instructor and I have passed the exam for an adventure tourism guide. I was always interested in how to insert the adrenaline-adventure element into the city itself. Everyone has trips around the Cetina canyon, around Mosor… and there is really nothing in the city but restaurants. Even while I was studying, I was on the roof of Poljud. The professor needed a climber to set up certain sensors and so my fascination with the stadium began.

Now we have finally decided to make something original in Split tourism. Poljud itself seemed like a logical choice. After that, we contacted people from Hajduk because they are concessionaires. I must emphasize that this whole project has nothing to do with Hajduk! However, they were very accommodating and showed us everything we needed,” Vrucinic.

He revealed what exactly awaits all future participants of Skywalk Poljud.

“Future adventurers will walk around the outer perimeter of the stadium, of course, with security. We unscrewed a few old screws and put screws with a better quality head according to the statics project, and we threaded an invisible cable through the screws. So, we have a promenade along the perimeter of the west stand on the outside with a view of the Kastela Bay, the monastery of St. Ante and pools. At the top, we climb to the roof, reaching the edge of the roof. This is followed by a photoshoot and a descent to the junction of the west and south stands. Then follows the “cat walk”, and these are the service paths where the spotlights are, through which the installation is passed. Here we have the story of why Poljud is so fascinating, why it is considered the most important object of stadium architecture. This famous Nest in Beijing draws its roots in the courage that was made in Split. Being a civil engineer, it was fascinating to me.

After that, we have a jump from the cabin. The length of this bungee is 70 meters,” said Vrucinic.

Given that repairing the Poljud roof is often mentioned, would the condition of the roof itself pose any danger to the participants?

“The roof is in better condition than Marmontova. We replaced 88 screws. We used the latest screws. That roof is unmaintained, but it is not dangerous. We only noticed a few cables hanging, but the roof is ingenious!”

When does the adventure begin?

“We plan on Tuesday. We plan one tour in the morning at 9, one in the afternoon at 18. We plan to work every day, of course, we have to follow the obligations of Hajduk on the pitch. The promotional price is HRK 250 until August 1. After that, we will have discounts for Hajduk members, children and families,” he concluded. 

No doubt, there will be no lack of interest in the new adrenaline attraction in Split.

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