Serbia can be proud of a lot of things, sports included, that is, the successes of our athletes. As the famous quote goes, football is the most important of the least important things in life, and this could explain why so many investments in stadiums were either launched or announced last year.
Although we pay more attention to clubs than our national team, Serbia intends to enable fans of this sport enjoy themselves whether they are watching games from Belgrade or Novi Pazar.
There were also investments in pools, and if we compare the successes of our water polo team to those of our football players, maybe the focus should be placed here instead.
We are highlighting the 10 stories that attracted the most attention when it comes to investments in sports infrastructure.1. National stadium
The construction of the national football stadium
was announced in August 2020 for this year. It was said at the time that the stadium would be located close to the Milos Veliki highway and the Belgrade-Surcin road. It was announced earlier that EUR 250 million had been set aside for this purpose. The stadium’s design
was also announced, and the project was widely criticized as well.2. Loznica stadium
The construction of a new, UEFA-ready, stadium in Loznica was approved in October 2020. The estimated value of the works is RSD 2.56 billion without the VAT. However, in December, the public procurement procedure pertaining to the construction of the Lagator stadium in Loznica was stopped
, as no acceptable bid had been sent. In late December, the Office for Public Investment Management adopted the decision to award the contract to the group that was the sole bidder
. The value of the agreement is RSD 3 billion without the VAT (RSD 3.6 billion with the VAT).3. Kraljevo indoor pool
The continuation of the construction of the indoor city pool in the Kraljevo suburban area of Ribnica was announced in early 2020. As the mayor of Kraljevo announced at the time, through a budget rebalance, the city will set aside RSD 120 million for the investment.
The pool (25 m x 33 m) is to be built in the location where the construction activities have already started, next to the new sports hall. Another small pool, for teaching children to swim, will be built within the complex. After a re-evaluation, the initial value of the investment was revised down from RSD 980 million to RSD 840 million. The state is to provide RSD 600 million, whereas the City of Kraljevo will contribute RSD 240 million.4. Karadjordje Stadium Novi Sad
The construction of the Karadjordje Stadium is planned in line with the requests and rules of UEFA and compliance with the general recommendations of FIFA. The projected capacity of the stadium is in the range of 16,000 to 17,500 spectators.
The stadium complex is to be a functional whole on the construction parcel. The plan includes the construction of a new stadium, a semi-underground garage next to the south stands, as well as access routes toward Oslobodjenja Blvd. The construction of a facility, meant to act as a general city center, along Oslobodjenja Blvd, is planned in this zone.5. Cika Daca Stadium Kragujevac
The construction of new stadium in Kragujevac, in the location of the current one, popularly known as Cika Daca, was announced in June 2020. It was announced at the time that the investment was worth EUR 40 million.
The new complex is split into two functional wholes, a stadium with the ticket booths, as a primary-purpose facility in said area, and a sports center consisting of three auxiliary fields with stands, three canopied balloon courts and an administrative and commercial facility.
The stadium should take up around 29,700 m2 and have two underground levels and three aboveground levels, and the capacity is around 19,950 spectators.