Serbia’s Finance Minister, Sinisa Mali, has said work will commence in the spring on a new national stadium in Belgrade.

Mali made the announcement in his New Year’s interview with Serbian newspaper Blic. The stadium will be part of the future ‘Stadium City’ project in the Serbian capital.

Mali said the wider project will include residential and business properties, a technology park, exhibition buildings and a water park.

Mali has outlined that work should take between two-and-a-half and three years to complete, with talks already taking place to bring “many world companies and retail chains” there. Serbia’s 2019 budget will set aside funds for the stadium.

“The goal is to make money through investments and tourism, but also to promote sport – for Belgrade to get a modern stadium, in order to be able to, at some point, host the final of the (UEFA) Champions League, or the Europa League.”

Serbia’s national football team currently plays the majority of its home games at Rajko Mitić Stadium (pictured), the venue of SuperLiga club Red Star Belgrade.

Image: Red Star Belgrade