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Zagreb to Witness Construction of New City Stadium in Maksimir

Zagreb is poised for a transformative leap in its urban landscape with the historic resolution of a decades-old property dispute, setting the stage for the construction of a new, cutting-edge city stadium in Maksimir

In a landmark resolution, Zagreb’s long-standing property dispute has finally reached a conclusive end, paving the way for the construction of a state-of-the-art city stadium in Maksimir. This significant development follows the signing of two pivotal agreements by key figures: Tomislav Tomašević, the Mayor of Zagreb; Andrej Plenković, the Croatian Prime Minister; and Monsignor Dražen Kutleša, on behalf of the Zagreb Archdiocese.

The dispute, which has hindered progress for nearly three decades since its inception in 1997, involved the land earmarked for the Maksimir stadium. The resolution of this matter marks a historic moment, according to Mayor Tomašević, who expressed pride in the achievement during his administration. “The resolution of this long-standing dispute signifies a new dawn for Zagreb, enabling us to move forward with the construction of a facility that meets the aspirations of our community,” Tomašević remarked.

Photo: Marko Vrdoljak

The agreements, ratified by the Zagreb City Assembly in December 2023, eliminate all legal obstacles to the stadium’s construction, signaling a clear path forward. The city’s approach to funding the project is notably strategic, emphasizing the use of private capital over city funds. “Our commitment to ensuring the commercial sustainability of this project is unwavering. By engaging private investors and conducting a comprehensive feasibility study, we aim to foster a development that benefits not only sports enthusiasts but the wider community,” Tomašević added.

The envisaged stadium, designed to comply with UEFA’s stringent standards, will boast 34,000 seats, promising to be a beacon of sporting excellence in the region. The anticipated completion timeline spans two to three years, a testament to the project’s ambitious scope and scale.

As Zagreb prepares for this monumental development, the focus remains on inclusivity and sustainability, ensuring the new stadium serves as a vibrant hub for both local and international events. With the city’s administration at the helm, Zagreb is set to usher in a new era of sporting infrastructure, enhancing its profile on the global stage and enriching the cultural fabric of the city.

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