Club: FK Crvena Zvezda | Opening: 1963 | Capacity: 53,000 seats
History and description
Stadion Crvena Zvezda, often nicknamed Marakana, was built on the site where previously the Jugoslavija Stadium stood.
The Jugoslavija Stadium had been built in 1927, and been occupied by Crvena Zvezda from 1945. The stadium got demolished in 1959 and on its foundations a new stadium was built.
Stadion Crvena Zvezda opened four years later, on the 1st of September 1963, with a match between Crvena Zvezda and Rijeka (2-1). The semi-completed stadium could then hold about 74,000 spectators, but was completed one year later with an increased capacity of 110,000 places.
Due to its large capacity, the stadium got quickly compared with Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã, and thus earned itself the nickname Marakana.
In 1973, Stadion Crvena Zvezda hosted the European Cup final between Ajax and Juventus (1-0).
Three years later, the stadium hosted the semi-final and final of the 1976 European Championships. In the final Czechoslovakia beat Germany on penalties with Czechoslovakia player Antonin Panenka gaining fame with his chip shot penalty.
Over the years, capacity of the stadium has gradually been reduced, first through safety measures and later through the conversion of the standing areas to seats.
Stadion Crvena Zvezda is located toward the south of the city of Belgrade at about 3.5 kilometres from the main railway station and city centre.
The stadium can be reached with tram 9, 10, and 14 (all in the direction of Banjica). Tram 9 departs from the main railway station, tram 10 from the historic centre (e.g. Cara Dusana street), and tram 14 from Tašmajdan Park (which line 10 also passes). Get off at the Trg Oslobodenja square shortly after having passed the E-75 motorway.
Address: Ljutice Bogada 1a, 11000 Beograd
Tickets for Crvena Zvezda games can generally be bought at the ticket windows of the stadium on the day before the match, and on the gate on the day of the match.
Ticket prices tend to range from RSD 100 to RSD 200, though will be increased for high-profile matches. Expect to pay at least RSD 500 for the derby versus Partizan.
For more information call +381 (0) 11 30 10 10 3.
Crvena Zvezda offers guided stadium tours that include visits to the dressing rooms, players tunnel, media room, VIP areas, and Red Star museum.
For more information about dates and prices call +381 (0) 11 414 09 09. There are no tours on matchdays.
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