Stožice Stadium

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Stožice Stadium
Stožice stadium
Full name Stadion Stožice
Location Ljubljana, Slovenia
Coordinates 46°4′52″N 14°31′17″E / 46.08111°N 14.52139°E / 46.08111; 14.52139Coordinates: 46°4′52″N 14°31′17″E / 46.08111°N 14.52139°E / 46.08111; 14.52139
Owner City Municipality of Ljubljana
Capacity 16,693[1] (football)
23,000 (music events)
Record attendance 16,155
Field size 105 x 68 meters
Scoreboard Yes
Construction
Broke ground 2009
Built 2010
Opened 11 August 2010
Architect Sadar Vuga architects d.o.o
General contractor GREP d.o.o.
Tenants
Olimpija (2010–)
Slovenia national football team (2010–)

Stožice Stadium (Slovene: Stadion Stožice) is a multi-purpose stadium located in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It was designed by Slovenian Sadar Vuga d.o.o. architects and is the biggest football stadium in the country. It is one of two main stadiums in the city and lies in the Bežigrad district, north of the city centre. The stadium is part of the Stožice Sports Park sports complex.

The stadium is the home ground of the football club Olimpija Ljubljana and is one of the two main venues of Slovenia national football team. Besides football the stadium is designed to host cultural events as well.

History[edit]

The stadium was named after the area in which it is located, and the change of the name is possible in the future due to sponsorship rights. Together with an indoor arena, it is a part of the Stožice Sports Park. The stadium building area measures 24.614 square metres. It was constructed in just 14 months and was opened in 11 August 2010 on a football friendly match between the national teams of Slovenia and Australia, won by Slovenia 2-0.[2]

The stadium has a capacity of 16,693 seats and is laid out under the plateau of the park. From the total capacity there are 16,038 normal seats, 558 VIP seats and 97 spots for people with disabilities.[1] The stadium's press area can accommodate 210 journalists.[1] As a structure, the stadium is ‘sunk’ into the park. Only the roof over the stands rises above the plane of the park as a monolithic crater.

For cultural purposes such as music concerts, the stadium capacity is increased to over 20,000.

Football[edit]

The stadium is mainly used for football and is the home ground of football club NK Olimpija. Besides being the home ground of NK Olimpija the stadium is also the home venue of the Slovenia national football team. The stadium was one of two main venues for UEFA Euro 2012 qualifications.[3]

National team matches[edit]

Date Competition Slovenia vs. Result Attendance
11–08–2010 Friendly  Australia 2–0 16,155
08–10–2010 UEFA Euro 2012 Q  Faroe Islands 5–1 15,750
25–03–2011 UEFA Euro 2012 Q  Italy 0–1 16,000
10–08–2011 Friendly  Belgium 0–0 12,230
02–09–2011 UEFA Euro 2012 Q  Estonia 1–2 15,480
15–09–2011 Friendly  United States 2–3 8,140
15–08–2012 Friendly  Romania 4–3 4,000
06–02–2013 Friendly  Bosnia-Herzegovina 0–3 16,000
07–09–2012 2014 FIFA World Cup Q  Switzerland 0–2 13,233
22–03–2013 2014 FIFA World Cup Q  Iceland 1–2 6,000
06–09–2013 2014 FIFA World Cup Q  Albania 1–0 13,843
18–11–2014 Friendly  Colombia 0–1 15,250
27–03–2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q  San Marino
14–06–2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q  England
09–10–2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q  Lithuania

Culture[edit]

Although the stadium was primarily build for football it is also planned to host many cultural events. The first was a joint project of two comedians, Lado Bizovičar and Jurij Zrnec, that was titled Notpadu lajv?! and this performance took place on 20 September 2010. Around 22.000 people gathered on this event. In the future the stadium will be one of the main venues in Ljubljana for hosting large scale music concerts and other cultural events.

Records[edit]

The stadium is a record holder for most spectators on a home football match of the Slovenia national football team. This was achieved on 11 August 2010 on the opening match, when Slovenia played against Australia. 16,155 people gathered to see that match. That is also the highest attendance on any football match in Slovenia after the independence of the country in 1991.

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