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Stadion Poljud, Split, Croatia

June 7th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Poljud is a football stadium in the Croatian city of Split. It takes its name from the neighbourhood of Poljud, its original name is "Gradski stadion u Poljudu" ("City Stadium in Poljud"). It is the home of HNK Hajduk Split, one of the top football teams in the country. The stadium currently has a capacity of 35,000.

The nominal capacity was 55,000 when it was built. The stadium was built as major sports centre for the 1979 Mediterranean Games and opened by Josip Broz Tito.

The record attendance was 62,000 in 1982, in football match HNK Hajduk Split versus Dinamo Zagreb, when these two Croatian football teams competed for Championship title.

The stadium also served as popular venue for music events. Some of the most spectacular of those include Yugoslav equivalent of Live Aid in 1985, concerts of Mišo Kovač in 1993 and Marko Perković-Thompson in 2002.

The stadium is affectionately known to the locals as the "Poljudska ljepotica" or "beauty from Poljud". Poljud is the second largest stadium in Croatia after the Maksimir stadium.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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