Stadion na Kantridi (Kantrida)

Capacity10 275
120 (VIP seats)
40 (Press seats)
Country Croatia
ClubsNK Rijeka
Floodlights 2,000 lux
Inauguration 01/08/1913
Renovations 1925, 2005
Record attendance 26,000 (NK Rijeka - NK Osijek, 1999)
Address Pulska ul. 30, 51000, Rijeka, Croatia


Stadion na Kantridi – stadium description

One of the world's most uniquely located stadiums was built in Rijeka in 1913 and for over century has astonished all visiting fans. Erected just over sea level, it lies within the former rock quarry, with three stands built almost literally under rocks. It's thus no surprise that it's often referred to in Croatia as “stadion pod stijenama” (stadium under the rocks). The stadium is also located just 7 meters from the beach, almost on the seafront itself.

While it was built with athletics and football in mind, it's the latter discipline that brought it fame, largely thanks to the performances of HNK Rijeka, one of Croatia's most popular teams outside Zagreb and Split. For crucial games of the side well over 20,000 people were drawn to this unique site, even though accessibility is an issue. Most vocal fans from the 'Armada' faction occupy the western curve.

With the onset of all-seating in European football, capacity dropped by over half, to just over 10,000 people. This, combined with complex location limiting options of expansion, prompted planning for a new venue. New Kantrida is expected to be built in a slightly shifted location, moved away from the rocks and thus losing some of the unmatched charm. It would cover part of the existing training venue, beside the sea.



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