Stadion Gradski vrt

Capacity18 856
17,876 (Seats)
120 (VIP seats)
40 (Press seats)
Country Croatia
Floodlights 1,800 lux
Inauguration 07/09/1958 (NK Proleter - Sloboda Tuzla)
Renovations 1977-1980 (new stadium), 1998, 2005, 2010
Record attendance 40,000 (NK Osijek - Dinamo Zagreb)
Address Thomasa Woodrowa Wilsona 2, 31000, Osijek, Croatia


Stadion Gradski vrt – stadium description

Gradski vrt (literally Municipal Garden) in its current form exists since 1980 but was in fact in operation as early as 1958. That was before NK Osijek even existed, when their protoplasts from NK Proleter were holding games here. Already then the stadium was mixed use, with athletics in mind.

The stands in their current, octagonal shape began growing in 1977 and were first used before official opening, in 1979. Already then, having won a spot in the Yugoslav league, the team was drawing quite big crowds for major games. As was witnessed in 1982, when their play-off against Dinamo Zagreb was watched by as many as 40,000 people (while unofficial sources suggest even 60,000+).

Keep in mind, the largest upper west stand wasn’t even approved for use yet at that point and it was packed either way. This makes it the more impressive and also shows how delayed the stadium construction was. In fact to this day the western concrete pillars haven’t received the roof which was part of the original design.

In 1998 the stadium was converted into an all-seater, seeing capacity fall under 20,000. It also received floodlight that year, allowing nighttime games to be held at Gradski vrt for the first time. In 2005 and 2010 further improvements were made, though were rather cosmetic. However, between 2018 and 2023, a brand new, typical football stadium (Opus Arena) was built in the west of the city, to which NK Osijek players moved.



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