Stadion Gradski vrt

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Gradski vrt
(City Garden)
Stadion NK Osijek 2 rujna 2008.jpg
Full name Stadion Gradski vrt
Location Osijek, Croatia
Coordinates 45°32′42″N 18°41′45″E / 45.54500°N 18.69583°E / 45.54500; 18.69583Coordinates: 45°32′42″N 18°41′45″E / 45.54500°N 18.69583°E / 45.54500; 18.69583
Owner City of Osijek
Operator Športski objekti d.d.
Capacity 18,856
Field size 106x69 m
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened 1980
Renovated 2005, 2010
Tenants

NK Osijek (1980–present)

Croatian national football team (1996-present)

Gradski vrt (City Garden) is a multi-use stadium in the Croatian city of Osijek. It is home to two Croatian football clubs, NK Osijek and Fortuna VNO Osijek.

It has a capacity of 18,856 (17,876 for seating and 980 for standing).

History[edit]

Construction started in 1949, but works were stopped several times. The first match played on the ground of Gradski Vrt was played between NK Osijek and FK Sloboda Tuzla on 7 September 1958. In 1980, the stadium was officially 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 1–2.

In 1998 seats and reflectors were installed. In 2005, the stadium was renovated. Under the west stand, VIP rooms were set and the lodge was rearranged, adding 1,000 new seats. The athletics 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: the pitch was relaid, fences were painted and the seats were numbered. The reason was a friendly match between Croatia and Wales, which was held on 23 May that year.

In May 2016, the stadium hosted the Croatian Cup final.

Future[edit]

In June 2017, NK Osijek Director Igor Galić announced that the current Stadion Gradski Vrt stadium is scheduled to be demolished in the near future and a new stadium is going to be built at the same location.[1] The capacity of the new stadium will be around 12,000, with all of the seats covered. The stadium will be UEFA category four. During the stadium construction, NK Osijek will play their home games at a stadium, which is going to be built as a part of the NK Osijek football camp.

International fixtures[edit]

Date Competition Opponent Score Att. Ref
Croatia (1990–present)
10 April 1996 Friendly  Hungary 4–1 15,000 [1]
22 April 1998 Friendly  Poland 4–1 20,000 [2]
24 March 2001 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification  Latvia 4–1 13,345 [3]
7 September 2002 UEFA Euro 2004 qualification  Estonia 0–0 10,000 [4]
28 May 2006 Friendly  Iran 2–2 20,000 [5]
23 May 2010 Friendly  Wales 2–0 15,000 [6]
16 October 2012 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification  Wales 2–0 18,000 [7]
31 May 2014 Friendly  Mali 3-1 15,700 [8]
13 October 2014 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification  Azerbaijan 6-0 16,020 [9]
23 March 2016 Friendly  Israel 2-0 15,000 [10]

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External links[edit]

  1. ^ [11]