Deputy Mayor of Belgrade, Goran Vesić, has announced that a new national stadium will be built in Surčin, a municipality of the Serbian capital.
Serbian newspaper Kurir said Vesić made the comments in the wake of earlier reports concerning the development of a stadium with a capacity of around 60,000 that would be capable of hosting major football competitions.
Earlier, Serbia’s Finance Minister, Sinisa Mali, said work would commence in the spring on a new national stadium. Mali made the announcement in his New Year’s interview with the Blic newspaper. The stadium will be part of the future ‘Stadium City’ project in Belgrade.
Mali said the wider project would include residential and business properties, a technology park, exhibition buildings and a water park. 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.
There have been a number of developments in the capital in recent weeks. Partizan Belgrade last month expressed its intention to restart a redevelopment project for its stadium and explore potential naming rights deals after regaining ownership of the venue following what it described as a “major historical legal victory”.
Belgrade’s plans for a new national stadium come amid efforts to attract UEFA Euro 2028 and the 2030 FIFA World Cup to the country. In November, politicians from Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania said they were considering a joint bid for the two tournaments.
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