Thursday, 12 September 2019

On this Day in 1979, Poljud Stadium Opens in Split

September 12, 2019 - Poljud Stadium, one of Split’s most famous landmarks and the home of football club Hajduk Split, opened exactly 40 years ago today for the VIII Mediterranean Games in 1979.

24 Sata reports that Poljud Stadium was built following the project of prominent Croatian architect Boris Magas in 1979 for the needs of the VIII Mediterranean Games, after which it became the home of Hajduk Split. The stadium, known as "The Poljud Beauty”, is interesting because of its architectural composition -  its seashell-like design gives views of the nearby hills, sea, and islands, and was modeled after ancient Greek theaters.

The first football match at Poljud was played three days after the opening, but the attendance record was set in 1982 when there were between 55,000 to 60,000 people at the Split stadium. However, since there was no counter at the time, the exact number is based on speculation. The official capacity of Poljud is about 35,000 people.

Numerous sports and other events have taken place at Poljud, which are still held today. From the games of Hajduk to the Croatia national team, music festivals like Ultra, and concerts of Croatian singers, this building has seen it all.

Unfortunately, architect Boris Magas died in 2013, though some six years later, Hajduk hosted his grandson Bartol Pavusek and thanked him for his work and the efforts of his grandfather.

Although it is still one of the most beautiful stadiums in Croatia, many problems plague the 'Poljud beauty'.

At the time of its construction, Poljud’s comfort, unique roof structure and appearance was unsurpassed even in Europe, and because of this, in 2015, it was included in the list of protected cultural assets of the Republic of Croatia.  However, the passing of time and poor maintenance have left their mark.

Some say that Poljud’s roof structure is on the verge of collapsing, which resulted in various suggestions, one of them being that instead of the existing Lexan panels,  solar panels would be set up to generate electricity and collect rainwater to irrigate the pitch. The investment would pay off in 10-15 years, but, as usual, paperwork and money got in the way. 

In the last few years, Hajduk has made several interventions on rehabilitating and maintaining Poljud, with an investment of almost 40 million kuna. In 2019, a traffic light was repaired, in 2018, the damaged pitch from Ultra was changed, and two auxiliary terrains were built. A year earlier, the dressing rooms and all the facilities, such as the gym, first aid room, and fitness room were updated. Previously, the main pitch was drained and irrigated, and counters, barriers, and video surveillance were introduced. 

You can visit Poljud next to see Hajduk face Inter Zapresic and Varazdin, or wait until October for the highly anticipated Euro 2020 qualifier between the Croatia national team and Hungary. 

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Monday, 9 September 2019

Split to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Mediterranean Games with Week of Events

September 9, 2019 - Forty years have passed since the event that changed the face of Split - the 1979 Mediterranean Games. In its honor this week, numerous events will be organized in Split to celebrate this anniversary, reports Dalmatinski Portal.

“The City of Split, as the organizer and conceptual creator of this idea, has envisioned that 40 years should be celebrated with dignity,” said the president of the Split Sports Association Nenad Peris.

City of Split Social Affairs Chief Mate Omazic stressed the importance of the Mediterranean Games for Split.

“This is a sporting event that changed the face of the city. Many entities are involved in the organization,” he said.

The tourism aspect was explained by the director of the Split Tourist Board, Alijana Vuksic.

“Sport and culture are the motivators for our guests. Eight successful months are behind us in tourism, and September is also very successful, according to announcements. To do this, we need events like this. It is an opportunity to repay our athletes and clubs in our city.”

Thus, on Tuesday, at 5:30 pm, the MIS flag will be raised at Poljud Stadium, and the 10km race will begin at 6 pm. The start of the race is at Poljud, and the finish line is on the Riva.



On Thursday, at 5:30 pm, a football match will be held on auxiliary grounds at Poljud, and on Friday at 6 pm, a commemorative exhibition will open at the Old Town Hall in Pjaca to mark the 40th anniversary of the VIII. Mediterranean Games in Split. Furthermore, a ceremony on the theme of Mediterranean Games will be held at 7 pm at the Milesi Palace. All sports venues in the city will have open doors on Saturday, the Len Cup qualifying tournament will be played at the Poljud pool, and the Croatian Swimming Championship will also be held.

On Sunday, the final day of the event, a millennium photograph will be taken by Šime Strikoman at 5:30 pm, and at 6 pm, a festive parade of the Split sports clubs will follow. The Split Sports Federation awards will also be presented: the Fabjan Kaliterna Lifetime Achievement Award, commemorative awards for clubs celebrating anniversaries of more than 50 years since their foundation, and memorial medal winners of the Mediterranean Games. The celebration will conclude with a concert and fireworks.

You can read more about the 8th Mediterranean Games here.

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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Mediterranean Games: Croatia Handball Team Defeats Spain for Place in Final!

Croatia and Tunisia will play in the final of the Mediterranean Games on Sunday, July 1. 

Friday, 29 June 2018

Sandra Perković Wins Second Gold for Croatia at Mediterranean Games!

Sandra Perković has won the second gold medal for Croatia at the Mediterranean Games in Tarragona, Spain.