Stadion Poljud

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Poljudska ljepotica

(The Poljud Beauty)
Poljud panorama 2.jpg
Full name Gradski stadion u Poljudu
Location Split, Croatia
Coordinates 43°31′10″N 16°25′54″E / 43.51944°N 16.43167°E / 43.51944; 16.43167Coordinates: 43°31′10″N 16°25′54″E / 43.51944°N 16.43167°E / 43.51944; 16.43167
Owner City of Split
Operator Hajduk Split
Capacity 35,000
Field size 105x68 m
Surface Grass
Built 1979
Opened 1979

Hajduk Split (1979–present)
1979 Mediterranean Games
1990 European Athletics Championships
2010 IAAF Continental Cup

Croatia national football team (some matches)

Stadion Poljud is a multi-use stadium in the Croatian city of Split. It takes its name from the neighbourhood of Poljud, and is located on the northern side of the Split peninsula.[1] its original name is "Gradski stadion u Poljudu" ("City Stadium in Poljud"). The stadium was built for the 1979 Mediterranean Games and is the home venue of the Hajduk Split football club.[2] Some of the Croatian national football team's games are played at Poljud, which competes with Maksimir stadium for the biggest matches. The stadium has a capacity of 35,000.[3]

The venue was built to host the 1979 Mediterranean Games and was opened by the then Yugoslav president, Josip Broz Tito. It had an original capacity of 55,000, although this was increased to 62,000 in the 1980s.[4]

Poljud Stadium was also the venue for the 1990 European Athletics Championships[5] and the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup.[6]


2010 IAAF Continental Cup

The stadium was designed by Croatian architect Boris Magaš.[7]

Its impressive seashell-like roof structure, spanning 215 meters, has been copied by a large number of world stadiums in the years that followed. There are 19 cabins suspended on the west roof 'shell'. 7 of them are used by TV reporters, while the other are filled by the cameras, central referee station, photo finish, scoreboard and audio control, etc. All of these are interconnected via catwalk, that runs through a structure spanning the entire roof, giving access to the cabins, as well as to the 630 lights, made by Philips, on the roof. The lighting on the stadium has also been the subject of much acclaim.

When the stadium was a host to the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup athletics competition, it was refurbished. New tartan track was constructed, including the introduction of new VIP boxes and seats.[8]

International fixtures[edit]

Date Competition Opponent Score Att. Ref
Croatia (1990–present)
8 October 1995 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying  Italy 1–1 35,000 [1]
29 March 1997 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification  Denmark 1–1 35,000 [2]
2 April 1997 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification  Slovenia 3–3 20,000 [3]
10 February 1999 Friendly  Denmark 0–1 7,000 [4]
23 February 2000 Friendly  Spain 0–0 10,000 [5]
12 February 2003 Friendly  Poland 0–0 1,000 [6]
18 February 2004 Friendly  Germany 1–2 9,212 [7]
17 August 2005 Friendly  Brazil 1–1 27,256 [8]
6 February 2008 Friendly  Netherlands 0–3 30,000 [9]
4 June 2011 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying  Georgia 2–1 28,000 [10]
15 August 2012 Friendly   Switzerland 2–4 10,000 [11]


Some of the events held on Stadium


  1. ^ "Stadion Poljud". The Stadium Guide. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Poljud". Nogometni leksikon (in Croatian). Miroslav Krleža Lexicographical Institute. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "O Poljudu". HNK Hajduk Split (in Croatian). Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Budget Airline Football – Football in Split
  5. ^ "15th European Athetics Championships, Split 1990 - Results". AthleticsDB. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "1st IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup 2010". IAAF. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Boris Magaš - Biography". Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "New seating boxes in Poljud stadium coming soon". 20 May 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 

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