In 2014, Istria faced Rijeka in the semi-finals of the Cup at Aldo Drosina and a record of 7,500 spectators gathered to witness the match. Fast forward to Sunday, when Hajduk from Split will arrive in Pula. The central western stand and southern part are already sold out, leaving only four tickets remaining for the eastern stand. With just five days left before the game, the record from 2014 has been broken as 7,654 tickets have been sold so far.
The northern stand currently holds the most seats with 1,246 tickets left, but it could be gone by Sunday. Istra 1961 is on the rise and has not conceded a goal in two consecutive games, making this game highly anticipated. The people of Split have not beaten Istria for 497 days since their last victory on July 17th, 2022 in Pula. The score was then 2-0 and goals were scored by Melnjak and Livaja.