Stadion Kantrida in summer 2013.
|Former names||Stadio Comunale del Littorio|
|Renovated||1925, 1951, 1958|
|Owner||City of Rijeka|
|Record attendance||25,000 HNK Rijeka - NK Osijek,
(26 May 1999 - Prva HNL)
|Field size||105 x 66m|
|HŠK Victoria (1912–1919)
U.S. Fiumana (1926–1945)
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.
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.
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), and the first football match played at Kantrida was held in 1913, a friendly between Victoria and Građanski Zagreb.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
Capacity per sector
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 E (east): 2,317 (includes away supporters' sector with 579 seats)
- Sector F (north): 2,298
Plans for the new stadium
In September 2013, HNK Rijeka President Damir Mišković released plans to build the new Kantrida stadium. The current stadium will be demolished and a new, state of the art, stadium built at the same location. The likely capacity of the new stadium will be 14,600 with all of the seats covered. The construction of the new stadium will be privately funded. The construction is scheduled to commence in late 2014.
|11.||11-10-2011||Euro 2012 Qualifying||Latvia||2–0||8,370|
Other notable matches
|#||Date||Competition||Home Team||Away Team||Score||Att.||Ref|
|1.||16-05-1979||Yugoslav Cup Final||Rijeka||Partizan||2-1||20,000|||
|2.||05-03-1980||Cup Winners' Cup QF||Rijeka||Juventus||0-0||20,000|||
|3.||24-10-1984||UEFA Cup||Rijeka||Real Madrid||3-1||22,000|||
|4.||15-06-1994||Croatian Cup Final||Rijeka||Dinamo||1-0||15,000|||
|5.||23-08-1995||Champions League||Hajduk Split||Panathinaikos||1-1||13,000|||
|6.||02-05-1999||Prva HNL||Rijeka||Hajduk Split||3-3||20,000|||
|9.||11-05-2005||Croatian Cup Final||Rijeka||Hajduk Split||2-1||9,000|||
|10.||27-04-2006||Croatian Cup Final||Rijeka||Varteks||4-0||8,000|||
|12.||03-10-2013||Europa League||Rijeka||Real Betis||1-1||8,000|||
|15.||13-05-2014||Croatian Cup Final||Rijeka||Dinamo||2-0||11,000|
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