We’ve been to Croatia yesterday, it’s time for Serbia today. There’s a Super Liga stadium that awaits to be reconstructed and one ground that lost top-tier status recently, but after getting a make-over, at least.
Opened in June 1936, the stadium was supposed to become centerpiece of an extensive recreation complex. The plans were stopped by WWII and haven’t been finished to date. Apart from the park-surrounded stadium there are only two training pitches operating.
The initial shape isn’t easy to recognize today as the stadium went through redevelopment in 1970s, receiving an unusual form. Despite having a running track, stands are rectangular, resulting in corner sections having very poor sightlines and currently being mostly closed to the public.
The ground used to hold even 28,000 people, but this isn’t the case anymore as no major redevelopment was done since 1970s, with only fresh concrete poured onto dilapidating stands recently. Due to safety restrictions capacity is set at 13,000, but with most of those places being terracing, the arena doesn’t meet UEFA standards for international games.
One of two most important stadiums in Požarevac for years wasn’t too well known even in Serbia – only one stand with modest roof spanning over a few rows of the central section. This is the stadium that was.
But as local side Mladi Radnik managed to advance to Super Liga in 2009, redevelopment works were done. Existing stand got converted into an all-seater, while a new prefab structure was erected on the opposite side, expanding capacity to some 3,200 seats.
This kind of attendance isn’t the case, however, as the club got relegated after two seasons.