Poljud Stadium 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. Some of the Croatian national football team’s games are played at Poljud, which competes with Maksimir stadium for the biggest matches. 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.
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. 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.