Completely rebuilt premier league stadium in Pula and completely not rebuilt 2nd tier stadium in Zagreb – these are our today’s additions from Croatia. Dig in!
Rebuilt completely between 2009 and 2010, this stadium in strict centre of Pula had cost 45 million kuna (then €6 million or $8 million). For this price Pula received a stadium seating almost 9,000 people with one stand covered with membrane. Underneath the single-tiered stands are shops and cafes.
Day-to-day use is provided by two local clubs – Istra 1961 and Istra Pula. Reopening game in 2010 saw none of them, though, as Croatia matched Czech Republic in a friendly game.
Famous player and coach from Pula, Aldo Drosina, is the stadium’s patron.
Built in southern part of the Croatian capital called Novi Zagreb, it was supposed to bring more activity into the stagnated part of Zagreb. Initially the pitch had almost no infrastructure. Over the years a grandstand was built and covered on the north side. Later, as club’s position started improving, floodlight masts and a temporary western stand were erected.
Due to location in the Siget estate, it’s often referred to as Stadion u Sigetu, but official name honours famous president of the club Stjepan Spajić who died within club premises in 2004, serving Hrvatski dragovoljac until his last moments.
Two training pitches are located just next to the venue.