The Croatian national football team is set to play a key qualifying match for the 2024 European Championship against Armenia on Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. The match will take place at Maksimir, which is in need of reconstruction in order to meet the standards expected by a national team that has achieved honors at the last two World Cups.
Discussions about the renovation of Maksimir have been ongoing for some time, with talks of constructing a completely new stadium. The City of Zagreb, the state, and the Zagreb Archdiocese are reported to have reached an agreement regarding the reconstruction. According to Sportske novosti, the long-awaited agreement on the land necessary for the stadium construction at Maksimir is expected to be signed in December. In exchange, the Archdiocese would receive new land in different locations in the city for the construction of new churches.
Simultaneously with the construction of the new stadium in Maksimir, the renovation of the stadium in Kranjčevićeva street is also needed. This stadium currently serves as the home for HNL matches between Lokomotive and Rudeš. The plan is to increase the seating capacity to between 10,000 and 12,000 seats, up from the current 5,000, following renovations set to begin in the spring.
Although the budget for the City of Zagreb for 2024 allocates only three million euros for the stadium renovation in Kranjčevićeva, reports indicate that a French construction company, Bouygues, known for building the Stade de France in France, is a potential candidate for the new stadium project in Maksimir. The company also built the Franjo Tuđman Airport in Zagreb, but other options for investors are currently being considered.