Serbia is another country in Europe where the stadium boom is in full swing. Today we present the designs of seven new venues. Almost half of them are already under construction and the rest are awaiting implementation.
Earlier, we had published an article about Nacionalni Stadion, which does not yet have a fixed date for the commencement of construction works. On the other hand, three of the arenas presented below are already under construction: Gradski Stadion GFK Dubocica in Leskovac, Stadion Kraljevica and Gradski Stadion Lagator.
Stadium is being built on the site of an old facility, the demolition of which started in March 2021. The construction of the ground with four single-tier stands covered with a roof was divided into three phases.
In the first phase, a stadium with parking lots is to be built. Then, in the second phase, sports and commercial facilities are planned north of the arena. In the third phase, administrative, educational and other areas will be created at the back of the eastern stand.
West stand will function as the main stand with three levels at the rear. On the lower one there will be, among others dressing rooms for players and referees. 7 entrances will be built on the middle level and on the upper level there will be media rooms and offices.
It is planned to create two scoreboards. LED floodlights will be placed on 4 columns located on the stadium's roof. In addition, the ground will have 198 parking spaces (128 open to the public, 32 for disabled, 38 for members of TV broadcast service). There will be 2 spots for buses.
The venue will occupy an area of just over 10,000 square metres. At this point, only the first phase of financing is secured, which amounts to RSD 2.4 billion and comes from public funds.
Arena is being built on the site of a former hippodrome and become the new home of FK Timok 1919. Club's old stadium will be transformed into an athletics venue. 8 training pitches are to be built around the old ground. All of the above results in creation of a sports and recreation complex. Construction began on December 29, 2020 with the cornerstone laying ceremony.
Stands are to have one tier covered with a roof. The facilities at the back of the west stand (main stand) will have three levels. On the lower one there will be dressing rooms, media spaces and a conference room. Entrances for fans are planned on the middle level, and spaces for TV crew will be built on the upper one. The stadium is to provide 180 seats for VIPs.
On the ground floor, on the north side, a commercial area is planned. Fans are to have 5 entrances from the north and south and 7 entrances from the east and west.
New Lagator is being built a little further from the site of its predecessor, which was demolished in March 2021. Actual construction works of the new ground began a month later. The stadium will be part of the city's sports complex.
Two-tier, covered stands are to accommodate a maximum of 8,500 spectators, although design options are being considered, with a capacity of 8,000 seats. The west and east stands will seat a total of 5,000 fans. The first one will function as the main stand with VIP zones, a conference room and media spaces. In total, it will have 3 levels of back-up facilities.
It is planned to create 265 parking spots for cars and 2 places for buses. To the south of the stadium, a training pitch with artificial turf will be built. The net area of the new facility is to be 43,000 square metres with accompanying facilities and the height of the venue will slightly exceed 16 metres.
Stadium will be built in the eastern part of the city on the former site of SC Magnohrom and will cover an area of 5.5 ha. The two-tier stands are to be roofed and the entire stadium will have three floors.
Originally, construction was supposed to start in March 2021, but was put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic and funds were allocated to other purposes. Despite that, works are expected to start in 2021.
West stand will function as the main stand. This is where the VIP zone, museum, catering facilities, club shop and changing rooms for players are to be located. Media representatives will have 112 seats at their disposal at the stand.
Facilities of the south stand will be used by local residents on a daily basis, such as the bowling alley, martial arts rooms and fast food restaurants. Playing field is to be 105 x 68 m. Apart from it, a training pitch measuring 95 x 64 m will be created. Parking lots and green areas are planned around the arena.
The ground is to be built next to a sports hall in the municipal sports centre. Single-tier stands will be covered with a roof and the plot area with the stadium amounts to 3,700 square metres.
Construction works on the facility were scheduled to start in April 2021, but were postponed due to the pandemic. The authorities emphasize that the project has not been abandoned, but only the start of works has been adjourned.
Over the past two years, there have been disputes with residents who were afraid that the planned investment would significantly reduce the green areas in the vicinity. Upon completion, the arena is set to receive UEFA's fourth category.
The multipurpose stadium, which has existed since 1936, is to be completely rebuilt. In recent years, a new athletics track and a scoreboard have been created at the facility. The pitch was also renovated and received a drainage system.
The revamp will result in the construction of new single-tier stands. The entire building is to be covered with a roof with built-in floodlights on poles, which were created several years ago. Playing field is to receive a heating installation. The total gross building area of the venue will be 47,282 square metres.
8,506 seats are intended for ordinary fans, 192 for journalists and 104 for VIPs. All these changes will give the stadium the fourth UEFA category. Works are scheduled for 20 months. It is not yet known when they begin. The reason for this is the coronavirus pandemic.
The construction of the new arena in Kragujevac should start next year and the opening is planned two years later. The facility is to be built on the site of the old stadium, which will soon be dismantled. The new venue is to be slightly shifted comparing to its predecessor.
When Stadion Čika Dača is put into operation, it will seat 20,000 spectators in two-tier stands covered with a roof. Such a number of seats may result in hosting many international matches, including games of the national team. The stadium is to cover an area of 26,000 square metres.
Author: Tomasz Sobura