Poljud Stadium, a symbol of Split that has hosted some of the most spectacular football matches of Hajduk and the Croatia national team, has adorned the city under Marjan since 1979 when it was built for the 8th Mediterranean Games. However, this spectacular shell near the sea is in dire need of an upgrade, which is fortunately in the plans.
Namely, according to the latest analysis, the renovation of the Poljud stadium costs around 148 million kuna, and the City of Split, as the majority owner, has applied for funds from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, writes Dalmacija News. As a result, the roof and concrete reinforcement of the Split beauty will be restored. If the City fails to receive support from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, funds will come from ITU mechanisms or other European Union financial instruments.
“The city of Split will have to intervene urgently in some parts of the stadium, regardless of the grant, and we will have to provide some funds in the rebalance,” Split Deputy Mayor Antonio Kuzmanic told Dalmacija News.
“The amount is too large for the City of Split to invest on its own. We have both Plan B and Plan C, which might still delay the renovation a bit. As you can see, we are not standing on only one option. We are considering and preparing all variants,” said the Deputy Mayor, claiming that the renovation of Poljud is one of the critical projects for the City.
“In any case – we are ready for all situations, and we are ready for all adjustments to the financing model,” the deputy mayor of Split concluded in an interview with Dalmacija News.
Recall, Hajduk has surpassed 50,000 members and could soon break the record from 1985, when there were 53,000. A fit stadium to hold its beloved fans has never been more needed.
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