Stadion Kantrida

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Stadion Kantrida
Stadion Kantrida
Stadion Kantrida in summer 2013.
Former names Stadio Comunale del Littorio
Location Croatia Rijeka, Croatia
Coordinates 45°20′21″N 14°22′51″E / 45.339202°N 14.380959°E / 45.339202; 14.380959Coordinates: 45°20′21″N 14°22′51″E / 45.339202°N 14.380959°E / 45.339202; 14.380959
Owner City of Rijeka
Capacity 12,600[1]
Record attendance 25,000 HNK Rijeka - Real Madrid C.F.,
(24 October 1984 - 1984–85 UEFA Cup)
Field size 105 x 66m
Surface Grass
Scoreboard 80m²
Construction
Opened 1913
Renovated 1925, 1951, 1958
Tenants
HŠK Victoria (1912–1919)
US Fiumana Logo.png U.S. Fiumana (1926–1945)
Rijeka09.png HNK Rijeka (1946–present)

Stadion Kantrida is a football stadium in the Croatian city of Rijeka. It is named after the Kantrida neighborhood in which it is located, in the western part of the city. It has served as home of the football club HNK Rijeka since 1946. The stadium has a distinctive appearance as it is situated between steep cliffs just north of the stadium and the shore of the Adriatic on its south side.[2]

Since 1990 the venue is also occasionally used for Croatia national football team's international friendlies. As of 2012 the national team has never been defeated at Kantrida. The stadium has a seated capacity of 10,261, while also able to accommodate approximately 2,000 additional standing spectators.[1]

History[edit]

The location was used as a stone quarry before the first football ground was created on the site in 1911 by HŠK Victoria, a football club based in Sušak (presently part of Rijeka; but at the time a separate town east of the city),[2] and the first football match played at Kantrida was held in 1913, a friendly between Victoria and Građanski Zagreb.[2]

Victoria continued to use the stadium until the end of World War I and the collapse of Austria-Hungary in 1918. The city of Rijeka was then first declared part of the Italian Regency of Carnaro (1919–1920), then the Free State of Fiume (1920–1924), before being formally annexed by Kingdom of Italy in 1924, which remained unchanged until the end of World War II. During this period between 1919 and 1945 Victoria's home town of Sušak was located on the other side of the border as it was incorporated into the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, so the club was unable to use the ground.[3]

In 1925 the 8,000 capacity stands were built by the newly established local Italian club U.S. Fiumana who went on to use the stadium between 1926 and 1945 while competing in the Italian league system.[2][4] The stadium was at the time known as Stadio Comunale del Littorio, but was also commonly referred to as Borgomarina, as this was the Italian name for the neighbourhood.

After World War II the city of Rijeka and its surrounding area became part of SFR Yugoslavia and both Fiumana and Victoria were dissolved in 1945.[3] A new club called NK Kvarner was established in 1946 to replace them and they immediately took over the stadium. The club continued to use it after they changed their name to NK Rijeka in 1954 and it served as their home ground until the present day.[2]

The stadium was renovated twice, in 1951 and 1958. It formerly had a capacity of 25,000, but in 1999 this was reduced to approximately 12,600 (due to the gradual evolution of UEFA safety standards) and floodlights were installed in 1975.[2]

In addition to hosting NK Rijeka matches, the stadium is also used for the annual Kvarnerska Rivijera international youth football tournament, first held in 1953.[2][5]

The stadium's location between a giant cliff and the sea earned it a place in the list of the world's most unusual football stadiums, compiled in 2011 by the CNN.[6]

In August 2012, a new 80 m2 LED display was installed, the largest in Croatia and one of the ten largest in Europe.[7][8]

In April 2014, the stadium was included in The World's Top 13 Most Beautiful Sports Venues, as compiled by Eurosport.[9]

Capacity per sector[edit]

Seven areas contribute to the total seating capacity of 10,261:

  • VIP sector: 262
  • Sector A (main stand): 793
  • Sector B (main stand): 1,076
  • Sector C (main stand): 1,144
  • Sector D (west): 2,371 (traditionally Armada Rijeka sector)
  • Sector E1 (east): 2,317 (includes away supporters' sector with 579 seats)
  • Sector E (north-east): 499
  • Sector F (north): 1,799

New stadium[edit]

On 11 July 2014, HNK Rijeka President Damir Mišković released detailed structure design for the new Kantrida stadium.[10] The current stadium will be demolished in December 2014 and a new, state of the art, stadium built at the same location. The capacity of the new stadium will be 14,438 with all of the seats covered. The stadium will be UEFA category four. The construction of the stadium will be privately funded and the cost has been estimated at €22 million. The architect of the project is Gino Zavanella who was also one of the architects of Juventus Stadium. The construction is scheduled to be completed by June 2016.[11] During the stadium construction, Rijeka will play its home games at Stadion Rujevica, which is scheduled for completion by February 2015.

International matches[edit]

# Date Competition Opponent Score Att. Ref
Croatia (1990–present)
1. 22-12-1990 Friendly  Romania 2–0 5,000 [12]
2. 28-02-1996 Friendly  Poland 2–1 10,000 [13]
3. 03-06-1998 Friendly  Iran 2–0 10,000 [14]
4. 28-02-2001 Friendly  Austria 1–0 2,000 [15]
5. 13-02-2002 Friendly  Bulgaria 0–0 4,000 [16]
6. 29-05-2004 Friendly  Slovakia 1–0 7,000 [17]
7. 07-02-2007 Friendly  Norway 2–1 8,000 [18]
8. 16-10-2007 Friendly  Slovakia 3–0 6,000 [19]
9. 24-05-2008 Friendly  Moldova 1–0 8,000 [20]
10. 08-10-2009 Friendly  Qatar 3–2 6,000 [21]
11. 11-10-2011 Euro 2012 Qualifying  Latvia 2–0 8,370 [22]

Other notable matches[edit]

# Date Competition Home Team Away Team Score Att. Ref
1. 16-05-1979 Yugoslav Cup Final Rijeka Partizan 2–1 20,000 [23]
2. 05-03-1980 Cup Winners' Cup QF Rijeka Juventus 0–0 20,000 [24]
3. 24-10-1984 UEFA Cup Rijeka Real Madrid 3–1 22,000 [24]
4. 15-06-1994 Croatian Cup Final Rijeka Dinamo 1–0 15,000 [25]
5. 23-08-1995 Champions League Hajduk Split Panathinaikos 1–1 13,000 [26]
6. 02-05-1999 Prva HNL Rijeka Hajduk Split 3–3 20,000 [27]
7. 26-05-1999 Prva HNL Rijeka Osijek 1–1 25,000[28] [29]
8. 04-08-1999 Champions League Rijeka Partizan 0–3 10,000 [30]
9. 11-05-2005 Croatian Cup Final Rijeka Hajduk Split 2–1 9,000 [31]
10. 27-04-2006 Croatian Cup Final Rijeka Varteks 4–0 8,000 [32]
11. 22-08-2013 Europa League Rijeka Stuttgart 2–1 10,500 [33]
12. 03-10-2013 Europa League Rijeka Real Betis 1–1 7,313 [34]
13. 07-11-2013 Europa League Rijeka Lyon 1–1 7,300 [35]
14. 28-11-2013 Europa League Rijeka Vitória 0–0 7,138 [36]
15. 13-05-2014 Croatian Cup Final Rijeka Dinamo 2–0 11,000 [37]
16. 11-07-2014 Croatian Supercup Dinamo Rijeka 1–2 7,500 [38]
17. 02-10-2014 Europa League Rijeka Sevilla 2–2 9,256 [39]
18. 23-10-2014 Europa League Rijeka Feyenoord 3–1 9,326 [40]
19. 27-11-2014 Europa League Rijeka Standard Liège 2–0 8,950 [41]

References[edit]

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