The Croatian national football team will face a critical qualifying match for the 2024 European Championship against Armenia on Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. The match will take place at Maksimir, a stadium that requires renovation. Plans for the reconstruction of Maksimir have been under discussion for years, 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.
Meanwhile, another stadium in Kranjčevićeva street is also in dire need of renovation. Currently home to HNL matches between Lokomotive and Rudeš, the stadium has little over 5,000 seats. However, it is planned that after the renovation, which is set to begin in spring, the stadium will have between 10,000 and 12,000 seats. The newly renovated stadium in Kranjčevićeva would serve as Dinamo’s home during the construction of a new stadium in Maksimir. The budget for the City of Zagreb for 2024 only includes three million euros for the renovation of this stadium, which may not be enough for such a large-scale project.
According to Sportske novosti, French construction company Bouygues is one of several candidates being considered for potential investors in a new stadium project in Maksimir. This company is known for its work on building major sports facilities such as Stade de France and Franjo Tuđman Airport in Zagreb. However, there are still other options open to potential investors who could bring much-needed funding to this project.
The renovation of these two stadiums is crucial for Croatia’s football industry as they provide vital infrastructure needed to host high-profile matches like those leading up to European Championships or World Cup tournaments.
In conclusion, Croatia’s national football team has an upcoming qualifying match against Armenia that could determine their participation in the next European Championship tournament. However, before they can compete on this stage again they must first address some significant issues regarding their home fields.
The Maksimir Stadium requires immediate attention as it needs extensive renovations before it can host international matches again due to its current condition and lack of modern amenities.