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Maksimir
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Full name Stadion Maksimir
Location Zagreb, Croatia
Coordinates 45°49′7.89″N 16°1′5.08″E / 45.8188583°N 16.0180778°E / 45.8188583; 16.0180778Coordinates: 45°49′7.89″N 16°1′5.08″E / 45.8188583°N 16.0180778°E / 45.8188583; 16.0180778
Opened 5 May, 1912
Owner City of Zagreb
Operator NK Dinamo Zagreb
Surface Grass
Capacity Concerts: 60,000
Football: 38,923
Field dimensions 105 x 68 m
Tenants
HAŠK
(1912–1945)
Dinamo Zagreb
(1945–present)
Croatia national football team
(1990–present)

Maksimir Stadium (Croatian: Stadion Maksimir) is a stadium in the Croatian capital of Zagreb. It takes its name from the neighbourhood of Maksimir. It is primarily the home of Dinamo Zagreb, the top football team in the country.

The stadium was first opened May 5, 1912. Over its history it has gone through many facelifts, but starting in 1997 it received a major rebuilding that lifted its seating capacity to over 40 000.[1] Many of the Croatian national football team's games are played at Maksimir, which competes with Poljud stadium for the biggest matches. For 16 years the Croatian football team had a proud unbeaten record at this stadium in any competitive match, however on 10 September 2008 (two years after suffering a 2-0 defeat at the same venue) England became the first team to beat Croatia in Zagreb, winning 4-1, ending a thirty match undefeated streak. The stadium has also been used as the venue to some big concerts, including U2, David Bowie, Bijelo Dugme, Marko Perković Thompson.

Renovations

The final phase of the reconstruction included lowering the lawn and making the “ring” round the pitch in the place of running track and thus gain 16.000 new seats with the annex to he south stand, the stadium will have 60.000 comfortable sitting places. The Maximir stadium will be exclusively football stadium like many others in Europe and thus we will be given the opportunity to host final matches of European Championships. It has additionally been planned to built: new premises for Club’s Managmant, Elegant “Blue Lounge”, Big “Trophy room”, football school premises, changing room, coach staff room, sports hall with gym, out patient clinic, restaurant, luxury hotel (“A” category) with 46 beds for visiting teams special importance will be given to the building which will connect west stand to the north stand. By this, all conditions for hosting and organizing big European matches will be fulfilled (including UEFA offices, press club, press center, V.I.P. hospitality…). Maximir stadium will be one of the best equipped stadiums in Europe [1] but in 2004 they were temporarily suspended. As of December 2007, the public was awaiting the presentation of new stadium, and in 2008 city government presented two potential stadiums, new Maksimir and Vulkan (Volcano) which is supposed to be built on the another location (Kajzerica) in Zagreb and old Maksimir should then be knocked down, but the citizens will choose which one they want on the referendum predicted to take place somewhere in the near future.

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Maksimir Stadium (Croatian: Stadion Maksimir) is a stadium in the Croatian capital of Zagreb. It takes its name from the neighbourhood of Maksimir. It is primarily the home of Dinamo Zagreb, the top football team in the country.

The stadium was first opened May 5 1912. Over its history it has gone through many facelifts, but starting in 1997 it received a major rebuilding that lifted its seating capacity to over 40 000.[1] Many of the Croatian national football team's games are played at Maksimir, which competes with Poljud stadium for the biggest matches. For 14 years the Croatian football team had a proud unbeaten record at this stadium in any competitive match, however on 10 September 2008 (two years after suffering a 2-0 defeat at the same venue) England became the first team to beat Croatia in Zagreb, winning 4-1. Irish rock band U2 have announced amongst their tourdates, a gig at this stadium as part of their tour promoting their latest album No Line on the Horizon, with the tour itself carrying the official name of U2 360° Tour. Stadium was venue to some concerts, including David Bowie, Bijelo Dugme, Marko Perković Thompson.

Renovations

There have been plans to further expand the stadium to seat approximately 60,000 spectators, as well as to build a roof, but in 2004 they were temporarily suspended. As of December 2007, the public was avaiting the presentation of new stadium, and in 2008 city government presented two potential stadiums, new Maksimir and Vulkan (Volcano) which is supposed to be built on the another location (Kajzerica) in Zagreb and old Maksimir should then be knocked down, but the citizens will choose which one they want on the referendum predicted to take place somewhere in the near future.

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