The City of Zagreb has launched an urban architectural tender process that will include the development of a 30,000-seat stadium to replace the historic Stadion Maksimir.

The tender encompasses wider development of the SRC Svetice area of the Croatian capital, which has acted as a sports hub for Zagreb since the end of the 19th century. The planned capacity of the city’s football stadium, home to Croatian Prva HNL champion Dinamo Zagreb and the national team, will allow it to meet UEFA category four standards.

Stadion Hitrec Kacian, located within the complex, is also set to be redeveloped to a 4,000-seat capacity, while an athletics stadium meeting World Athletics guidelines for 2,000-capacity indoor competitions is set to be developed.

The SRC Svetice complex will also receive other sports and recreation facilities such as football and basketball courts, climbing walls, bowling alleys, and an urban sports/fitness park.

Head of Zagreb’s Office for Strategic Planning and Development, Sanja Jerkovic, said: “This is one of the most demanding competitions in the field of architecture and urbanism that we will conduct in the City of Zagreb.

“We anticipate that it (the tender process) will take about six months and will be decided by the end of the year in order to obtain project documentation and all permits to begin construction in 2021.”

Jerkovic added that the new stadium will be able to host events organised by UEFA and FIFA, which the Maksimir currently cannot do. She said: “This is an extremely important city facility and it is a priority to systematically move towards the construction of a new stadium.”

Vlatka Peras, CEO of Dinamo, said she was looking forward to partnering with the City of Zagreb and the new stadium. Earlier this week the club unanimously approved the demolition of the existing Maksimir structure, its home since 1949.

The latest news comes after the City in November announced an agreement had been reached with Dinamo to build a new stadium on the site of the Maksimir. The announcement followed much speculation over the past year over the development of a new stadium in the capital. Stadion Maksimir first opened in 1912 and has a current capacity of around 35,000.

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