The construction started in 1949, but works were stopped several times.
In 1980, the unfinished stadium was opened.
In 1982, the record of stadium attendance was broken, on the football match between NK Osijek and Dinamo Zagreb. At that match, there were 40,000 attendants. The result was 2–2.
In 1998 seats and reflectors were installed.
In 2005, the stadium was renovated. Under the west stand VIP rooms were set and the lodge rearranged (1,000 new seats). Athletic track was reconstructed, repainted from red to blue. After this renovation, the stadium has fulfilled [[UEFA]'s] stadium criteria. In the same year, the stadium was a part of Croatia and Hungary's failed bid for the 2012 European Football Championship. At that time a project of a new stadium with a larger capacity was presented.
In 2010, the stadium was again repaired: a lawn is edited, fences were overpainted and the seats were numbered. The reason was a friendly match between Croatia and Wales, which was held on 23 May that year.