New Modern Stadium and Football Camp in Croatia Being Built

Lauren Simmonds

When one thinks of Croatia’s football stadiums, it’s hard to really deter your thoughts from the obvious – Poljud in Split, and the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb, you might think of Rujevica in Rijeka but that’s about all.

This brand new, ultra modern football statium has captured the interest of many, and they’re not all just football lovers. Croatia’s brand new statium will be completely covered over, and matches can be watched from no less than a jacuzzi should you want to fully relax while enjoying the game.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 17th of August, 2019, at first it sounded like a utopia, too good to be true, many skeptics were mocking the idea (and with good reason when one looks at Croatia’s love of red tape), the politics behind it was floundering, and the classic Croatian bureaucracy was almost threatening the influx of foreign money, like it has many a time before.

Despite all of the obstacles placed in the way of the construction of Croatia’s new stadium, it seems, as things currently stand, that it will be completed by the end of 2020. It is the first large stadium to be built in Croatia since 1979 when Split’s now famous Poljud opened its doors.

While there’s a lot written about various investments taking place in Croatian tourism, from both domestic and foreign investors, it isn’t often we hear about money being pumped into Croatian football, outside of transfers and the players themselves. This will likely prove a promising move for a country which breeds so much sporting talent, with a particular emphasis placed on football, of course, after Croatia’s incredible performance at the most recent World Cup.

”This stadium and football camp in Osijek will be something unprecedented, not only here in Croatia, but also much further afield,” – stated Ivan Meštrović, co-owner and president of NK Osijek, according to a report from Večernji list.

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