Stadion na Kantridi (Kantrida)
|120 (VIP seats)
|40 (Press seats)
|26,000 (NK Rijeka - NK Osijek, 1999)
|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.
Croatia: Presentation of new HNK Rijeka stadium project
The authorities of HNK Rijeka have unveiled plans for the construction of a new multifunctional complex as part of the long-term project "Return to Kantrida." The project includes a renovated football stadium, a hotel, and three skyscrapers, with a total cost exceeding €100 million.
Croatia: Kantrida’s documentation 80% complete
In March we should know what secondary uses could be created around the proposed Kantrida in Rijeka. Only then the stadium has chances to get off the ground.
Croatia: Kantrida sinking yet again
One of the world’s most dramatically located stadium is flooded. Draining excessive water will take at least a few days, but that’s nothing new for this particular stadium…
Croatia: Impasse in Rijeka, Kantrida on hold
Great news if you haven’t seen the legendary old stadium, because there’s more time to visit Rijeka. But bad news if you’re a HNK Rijeka fan and would like to see the new home built.
Croatia: Few clubs will have reserve ground of this class!
Whether you look in Europe or beyond, not many football clubs have a better secondary stadium than the new one in Rijeka, Croatia. About to open, this one has a double role.
New design: Stadion Kantrida
Creator of the new Juventus Stadium was invited to Croatia and has faced perhaps even more challenging project. Partly sculpted into the rocky cliff, the new arena is expected to reach UEFA’s highest standards.
New design: Kantrida
Today it’s one of the most uniquely located stadiums in the world. With rocks dominating the northern stand and Adriatic Sea just behind southern one, Kantrida offers a feel hardly comparable to any other venue. But if HNK Rijeka’s plans are to go forward, neither the rocks, nor the sea will remain visible.