The Croatian national football team will face a crucial qualifying match for the 2024 European Championship against Armenia on Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. The game will take place at Maksimir, a stadium that is in dire need of renovation. Plans for the reconstruction of Maksimir have been under discussion for many years, with talks of building a completely new stadium. It appears that the City of Zagreb, the state, and the Zagreb Archdiocese have finally reached an agreement. According to Sportske novosti, an agreement on the necessary land for the stadium’s construction in Maksimir is expected to be signed in December. In exchange, the Archdiocese will receive new land in the city for building new churches.
In addition to Maksimir, another stadium in need of renovation is Kranjčevićeva street, which currently houses HNL matches between Lokomotive and Rudeš. The stadium has little over 5,000 seats but is planned to have between 10,000 and 12,000 seats after renovation, set to begin in spring. The newly renovated stadium in Kranjčevićeva would serve as Dinamo’s home during the construction of their new stadium in Maksimir. However, with a budget of only three million euros allocated for the renovation of this stadium by the City of Zagreb for 2024, it may not be enough for such a large-scale project.
Sportske novosti reports that French construction company Bouygues, known for constructing Stade de France and Franjo Tuđman Airport in Zagreb, is one of the potential investors for the new stadium project in Maksimir. Other options are still open for potential investors as well.
The Croatian national football team plays a crucial qualifying match against Armenia on Tuesday at 8:45 p.m., with both teams vying for spots at the 2024 European Championship.
Maksimir Stadium needs major renovations before it can host international matches again.
While plans have been under discussion for many years to rebuild Maksimir from scratch or reconstruct it significantly