December the 16th, 2023 – The green light has now officially been given for the demolition of the current football stadium, to make way for a brand new Dinamo stadium.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, this week Zagreb Mayor Tomislav Tomašević called the agreement between the City of Zagreb and the powers that be within the government on the reconstruction of the Dinamo stadium historic. He also pointed out that the existing facility will be demolished and a brand new Dinamo stadium will be built, which will be financed by private capital.
“This is a historic agreement”, Tomašević said at the press conference after the end of the three-day session of the Assembly.
On Wednesday, the representatives of the Zagreb City Assembly accepted the conclusion of the Agreement on the reconstruction of the Maksimir City Stadium. It did the same regarding the construction or reconstruction of Catholic Church facilities at ten different locations across the City of Zagreb.
This agreement defines joint efforts that will be made by both the state and the City of Zagreb so that the Archdiocese of Zagreb, or a legal entity connected with it, abandons the initiated proceedings. Those proceedings involve the return of property, on which the reconstruction of the Dinamo stadium was planned.
Tomašević pointed out once again, in order to avoid understandable confusion surrounding the deal, that the existing stadium will not be reconstructed. Instead, a modern new Dinamo stadium with all of its accompanying facilities will be constructed.
“I think the time for the stadium’s reconstruction has now passed,” he said, adding that the reconstruction process would come to an astonishing sum, for which Zagreb could get two totally new stadiums. It has also been duly noted that the city can’t go ahead with the demolition until they build a replacement, or expand the one in Kranjčevićeva, because Dinamo and the national team will both play there.
“Works on Kranjčevićeva could start next year. When they finish, and it’s currently predicted that that won’t be until sometime in 2025, then the stadium in Maksimir can be demolished. Until then, we’re going to work in parallel on the processes of the architectural tender, the feasibility study, the tender for a private investor so as not to waste any more time,” the mayor concluded.