The Croatian national football team will face a crucial qualifying match for the 2024 European Championship against Armenia on Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. This match will take place at Maksimir, a stadium that is in dire need of renovation. Plans for the reconstruction of Maksimir have been in discussion for a long time, with talks of building a completely new stadium. It appears that the City of Zagreb, the state, and the Zagreb Archdiocese have finally reached an agreement. According to Sportske novosti, an agreement on the necessary land for the stadium’s construction in Maksimir is set to be signed in December. In exchange, the Archdiocese will receive new land in the city for building new churches.
The renovation of the stadium in Kranjčevićeva street is also crucial. Currently home to HNL matches between Lokomotive and Rudeš, this stadium has little over 5,000 seats. However, it is planned that after renovation, which is set to begin in spring 2024, the stadium will have between 10,000 and 12,000 seats. The newly renovated stadium in Kranjčevićeva would serve as Dinamo’s home during construction of their new stadium in Maksimir. The budget for the City of Zagreb for 2024 only includes three million euros for this renovation project, which may not be enough for such a large-scale project.
There are many options open to potential investors interested in constructing a new stadium in Maksimir. French construction company Bouygues has already expressed interest and has previously built notable projects such as Stade de France and Franjo Tuđman Airport in Zagreb. However, other companies are also being considered by Croatian officials before making a final decision on who will be hired for this major undertaking.