On Tuesday, the Croatian national football team will play a crucial qualifying match for the 2024 European Championship against Armenia at 8:45 p.m. The match will take place at Maksimir stadium, which is in need of renovation. After years of discussions, the City of Zagreb, the state, and the Zagreb Archdiocese have finally reached an agreement on the necessary land for the stadium’s construction in Maksimir. According to Sportske novosti, an agreement is set to be signed in December that will see new land allocated for building new churches in exchange for land for stadium construction.
In addition to Maksimir, another stadium that requires renovation is Kranjčevićeva street stadium. Currently home to HNL matches between Lokomotive and Rudeš, this stadium has little over 5,000 seats. However, after renovation plans set to begin in spring 2024, it will have between 10,000 and 12,000 seats. The newly renovated Kranjčevićeva stadium will serve as Dinamo’s home during construction of a new stadium in Maksimir. The budget for this project is only three million euros from the city of Zagreb for 2024 which may not be enough for such a large-scale project.
There are several potential investors interested in constructing a new stadium in Maksimir including French construction company Bouygues known for building Stade de France and Franjo Tuđman Airport in Zagreb. However, other options are still open as negotiations continue with potential investors regarding funding and design details.