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Stadion Stari plac

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Full name  Stadion Stari plac
Field size  105 m x 70 m
Address  21000, Split, Croatia
Capacity  5,000
Location  Split, Croatia
Renovated  1951, 1979
Opened  1911
Phone  +385 21 332 957
Similar  Stadion Poljud, Marjan, Croatian National Theatre i, Ivan Meštrović Gallery, Diocletian's Palace

Stari plac (lit. "Old place"), also often referred to as Plinara Stadion, (or as Plinada Stadion) is a multi-use stadium in Split, Croatia, which used to be primarily used for football. It hosted a match between Yugoslavia and Netherlands in the UEFA Euro 1972 qualifying tournament, and in April 2010 a match between Croatia national rugby union team playing against Netherlands in the 2008-10 European Nations Cup tournament.

The area the stadium was built on was originally a gasworks and was also used as a military training ground by the army. It was initially used as the home stadium of HNK Hajduk Split, and although it was their basic venue in the early years and it was not until 1926 that the first stand was built. It was replaced as Hajduk's home ground by the Poljud Stadion in 1979 and was reduced from 25,000 to 5,000 seats.

In the beginning the 100 x 60 meters pitch was oriented west-to-east. After First World War it was resized to 105 x 70 meters On a north-to-south orientation. Its first wooden stands, built in 1926, burned down that same year. Three years later new stands were built with a capacity of 900 people, but these were gradually demolished during the Second World War. After the war the stadium received a major reconstruction with a new drainage system, and a wooden west stand for 1400 people. Ten years later the sandy pitch was replaced with grass one, and later on new stands were built on eastern side of the pitch.

In November 2009 Hajduk fans watched a home game versus Dinamo Zagreb on a big screen in the Stari plac, rather than see the game in the Poljud, in a protest against recent Hajduk team performances.

Today it is used by the rugby club RK Nada Split and baseball club BK Nada SSM.

References

Stadion Stari plac Wikipedia


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