The construction of a national stadium, the reconstruction of the existing ones and new stadiums throughout Serbia, the renewal of sports courts and halls, the so-called “stadiumization” definitely marked the sports year behind us. The projects which had been discussed for years or even decades seem to have finally gained some traction. Still, with only several of them finished, most remained at the level of architectural projects in 2019 as well.
The participation of Serbian football and basketball teams in European tournaments in the past years has led to the need to address the problems of the domestic sports infrastructure. In line with the standards set by the UEFA, several cities throughout Serbia should get new stadiums, and the beginning of the construction has been announced for the spring of 2020. Along with the construction of new stadiums, state officials ambitiously announce entire complexes in future locations, which, they say, will also bring new investments and jobs for the cities.
The story about the national stadium went as far as the choosing of a location in Surcin and the first tenders for geodetic surveys in 2019. The announcements were accompanied with a discussion of the necessity and financial feasibility of the construction.
The plans and the concrete works also include certain sports courts and halls. Several of them were reconstructed, creating better conditions for domestic basketball and handball clubs, athletes and gymnasts.
Whether 2020 will bring an epilogue to the “stadiumization” saga remains to be seen. We will certainly follow all the events and report on them, and in the meantime, let us look back on the sports projects which marked 2019, causing the most attention from the public.Partizan FC stadium
In late September 2018, the Detailed Regulation Plan of the Partizan Sports Complex was put up for early public review
. Creating planning possibilities for the reconstruction and construction of new features, securing technical infrastructure capacities for the planned construction, maintaining and improving environmental conditions and implementing a self-sustaining and ecologically stable system were cited as the special objectives of the preparation of the DRP.