New stadiums: Croatia’s most modern


New stadiums: Croatia’s most modern Two small stadiums that should just do the trick. With just 5,000 each, these are considered among the most modern across Croatia.


Stadion Hrvatski vitezovi, Dugopolje (5,200)

New stadium in Dugopolje was built in 2009 (at a cost of then €10m) and bears the name of “Croatian Knights” and is part of a large sports center integrated into one great building. There are a swimming pool and tennis courts under one roof. Additionally, there’s a training field behind the north end, only one without seating for fans or other floor space.


After opening the stadium was considered to be the best across Croatia. This is why not only NK Dugopolje, but also Hajduk Split and HNK Šibenik played several games here on various occasions.



Stadion Rujevica, Rijeka (5,500)

Long-anticipated training complex for HNK Rijeka finally began growing in 2014 as a public-private partnership, engaging HNK Rijeka and the city, which owned 30% of the shares. For some €18 million new training/reserve stadium and three pitches (two full-size) were built. This is how much space was available in the constraints of Rijeka’s topography.


Construction took very short, exactly 321 days from groundbreaking. This enabled opening already in July 2015. The western grandstand is covered and offers several skyboxes, media facilities and other requirements to satisfy European demands. Meanwhile the east side is open and a very modest (and very cage-alike) south stand serves as the away section.

For the 2015/16 season the stadium will serve as main ground for HNK Rijeka as their home Kantrida will undergo complete reconstruction.