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Saturday, 12 July 2014

New Kantrida Stadium In Rijeka Update: Photos/Video











So I came back from the corner store and was approached by a crack whore, (It might even have been a guy, I wasn't sure, too much of that going on around here, and then a guy who asked me if I wanted to buy some parsley wrapped up in tinfoil, he called it pot, I said "no thanks, do I look like Rob Ford? My associates already have guns and will put in your mouth and blow your pointless face off, but thanks for asking and have a swell day")...and that experience immediately reminded me that corner stores around here are not my thing and that I might as well update this story when I got home, and then not touch it again until the stadium is completed. It seems the updated construction plans will now have the new Kantrida Stadium on the outside look like Allianz Arena, and the interior stands and field will be layed out similarly to Juventus Stadium. (The same architect who designed Juventus Stadium is also doing Kantrida Stadium)

Construction on the new stadium will begin near the end of this year and is planned to be completed in 2016. The current historic and distinctive Kantrida Stadium just recently celebrated 100 years of existence, so perfect timing for a new state of the art modern stadium. According to the sources I read, the rocky cliffs that are located on the east side, giving Kantrida Stadium a part of it's distinctive atmosphere over the last century, will remain but be adjusted and redesigned. The ground will also be raised 4 meters to prevent any possible flooding in the stadium. (A completely different sports building, but the exterior sort of reminds me of Arena Zagreb when it's lit up at night)

In a nutshell, current plans are for over 15,000 seats for spectators, and comfortably accommodate about 18,000 spectators including the standing room. Not exactly on the scale of 40-70,000 seats like Juventus or Allianz stadium, but for the size of the city of Rijeka, that's just about right and will do fine. (I mentioned last year HERE, that a stadium around the 15,000 range would be a good fit for a city the size of metropolitan Rijeka, which is just around 215,000)

There was talk over the last few years of finally getting the club a brand new modern stadium, improvements and renovations were also made recently, but then after Italian millionaire Gabriele Volpi became part owner of HNK Rijeka 2012, he was also big supporter of getting the football club and city a new modern 21st century stadium. Planning and talks with the city authorities then went into high gear.




 Current view of Kantrida Stadium.





In the area of the current training field and parking lot, there will be constructed houses and buildings with restaurants and shops as outlets. Sort of a little "Village Rijeka Kantrida".  A place for people to go before and after the soccer games, but also open on other days. There will also be a "Museum of HNK Rijeka" as well as a much larger fan shop. There will be accommodation capacity on the east side of the stadium for clubs and other visitors at the new 4-star hotel. Top medical facilities (clinics, rehabilitation, physiotherapy).

I personally got to see this stadium, the nearby swimming complex and surrounding area in person, and took a bunch of pics. (Post HERE). So if you want to see the current and original Kantrida Stadium in person, (a stadium which has been on numerous world lists for "Unusual, WierdestUnique and Wonderful Looking Stadiums" because of it's location and incredible surrounding view)...then you still have time. (I also spent 2 whole summers in Rijeka when 11 and 12 years old, so that's why I like posting about some current events and projects like this, some great memories from this city, so I like to see that it's moving onward and forward)

Anyway, this stadium project should look pretty cool when it's all done, that whole stretch from the Kantrida Swimming Complex, plus the new beach promenade already built nearby, it will all flow together pretty amazingly. For those who want to keep up to date with the new stadium project, a website is up and running which will update plans, news and information right up until the stadiums completion at www.stadionkantrida.hr



Previous posts: hnk-rijeka-pull-off-europa-league-upset

rijekas-kantrida-stadium-unusual

a-veteran-football-fan-perspective-at-hnk-rijeka

new-2013-season-hnk-rijeka-football-kit





HNK Rijeka president Damir Mišković, Rijeka Mayor Vojko Obersnel and current majority owner Gabriele Volpi commenting about the new stadium plans and footage of what the new stadium will look like after completion. More info: www.stadionkantrida.hr





Sources: www.24sata.hr

 www.vecernji.hr

www.novilist.hr

www.mojarijeka.hr

www.rijekasport.hr

nk-rijeka.hr

www.rijekaprojekt-energetika.hr

www.stadionkantrida.hr
































On Monday, 15th September 2014 on the site of the future training camp on Rujevica, where HNK Rijeka will play some of their matches until the new stadium is completed, the preparatory field works of forming a platform for future construction have already started. Namely, the construction permit for the mentioned works was issued on 22nd August 2014.

The training camp is an infratructure complex made of more football fields, whose goal is to meet the requirements of professional sports and high criteria of basis and conditions for the training process as the prerequisite for the achievement of the set of plans for the future generations of young football school and senior team. Some images and video footage of the new training camp stadiums below.





Work on the new training camp stadium and fields has already begun, and besides being used by HNK Rijeka it will also be used by local juvenile soccer teams and youth  leagues as well.






















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