Gradski stadion u PoljuduEdit profile
Stadion Poljud is a multi-use stadium in the Croatian city of Split. It takes its name from the neighbourhood of Poljud, and is located on the northern side of the Split peninsula. its original name is "Gradski stadion u Poljudu" ("City Stadium in Poljud"). The stadium was built for the 1979 Mediterranean Games and is the home venue of the Hajduk Split football club. The stadium has a capacity of 35,000.
The venue was built to host the 1979 Mediterranean Games and was opened by the then Yugoslav president, Josip Broz Tito. It had an original capacity of 55,000, although this was increased to 62,000 in the 1980s.
Poljud Stadium was also the venue for the 1990 European Athletics Championships and the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup.Design
The stadium is affectionately known to the locals as the "Poljudska ljepotica" or "Poljud beauty". The winning design, the work of architect Boris Magaš, was chosen among 20 other bids in 1975 architectural competition.
In 1979, Poljud Stadium was one of the most modern stadiums in the world, and one of the first venues to use transparent lexan plates on the roof, developed by General Electric Plastics. Its impressive seashell-like roof structure, spanning 215 meters, has been copied by a large number of world stadiums in the years that followed. There are 19 cabins suspended on the west roof 'shell'. 7 of them are used by TV reporters, while the other are filled by the cameras, central referee station, photo finish, scoreboard and audio control, etc. All of these are interconnected via catwalk, that runs through a structure spanning the entire roof, giving access to the cabins, as well as to the 630 lights, made by Philips, on the roof. The lighting on the stadium has also been the subject of much acclaim.
The stands initially had a capacity of 50,000; 25,924 places had seats, while the rest were standing room. Following the curved 'seashell' design of the stands, the largest number of seating rows is 54 (on the west and east stands), that is reduced to 27 rows on the north stand.
When the stadium was a host to the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup athletics competition, it was refurbished. New tartan track was constructed, including the introduction of new VIP boxes and seats.