Partizan Stadium is an outdoor multi-purpose sports arena located in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. Home to FK Partizan since 1949, the ground was formerly home to their rivals Red Star Belgrade before they moved to the Red Star Stadium up the road.
Partizan Stadium, known as “The Temple of Football” to some Serbian football fans, is a multi-purpose sports arena located within the Savski Venac district of Belgrade. Constructed on the site of BSK Stadion after the Second World War in 1948, the inaugural match was held a year later on the 9th October with Yugoslavia drawing 1-1 with France although the stadium was not to officially open until two years later on Yugoslav People’s Army Day, 22 December 1951.
Originally known as the JNA Stadium or literally, Yugoslav People’s Army Stadium the ground received most amounts of investment from the state during the 20th century until it was sold to Partizan Belgrade in April 1989. With the name officially changed to the Partizan Stadium, the ground boasted an impressive 50,000 capacity until UEFA introduced more stringent spectator safety regulations and the capacity was renovated to 32,710 in 1998.
With Partizan Belgrade entering the group stages of the Champions League during the 2010/2011 season, the stadium underwent minor adjustments to satisfy the competition’s stadium legalisation. Partizan were required to reduce the the height of fences, create media facilities and a lengthen the pitch by 1 meter. The black and whites hosted Braga, Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk but didn’t to qualify from the group after failing to register a single point in the table.
The second largest ground in Serbia behind Red Star Stadium, there has long been speculation that Partizan could replace the old stadium with more modern facilities.
In 2006, Swiss architects Mob Lab and Marazzi-Paul were reportedly hired to help formulate plans for a new 38,000 capacity stadium, but there has been little progress since, leading many to assume that the plans have been abandoned by Partizan.
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Partizan Stadium is comprised of four stands: North (Sever), East (Istok), South (Jug) and West (Zapad).
Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.
The Matchday Experience
Despite suffering from declining attendances in recent years, and a league where the best players are readily exported at increasingly younger ages, Belgrade remains one of Europe’s most passionate footballing cities.
Partizan Stadium is regularly used to host matches of the Serbian National Team, however if there’s one match you should try to take in it would have to be the eternal derby against neighbours Red Star!
Away fans are usually housed within the north (sever) stand which is the goal-end opposite Partizan’s most partisan fans. Access to this section is usually through Sector H.
Belgrade is a vibrant and lively city with plenty of varied places to drink although this tends to be more true of the city centre rather than the area around Partizan Stadium.
FC Partizan operate three club shops around the city as well an official online store. Known as “Black and white” boutiques, the largest club shop and best place to purchase merchandise is of course the shop located at Partizan Stadium.
Opening Hours (Stadium):
- Monday to Friday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
- Saturday: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
- Matchdays: A few hours before kick-off.
Tours of Partizan Stadium run three times a week and can be booked as part of a package which includes access to the club’s museum as well.
- Adult (14+) – 200 RSD
- Children 6 – 14 100 RSD
- Children under 6: Free
- Stadium and museum – 300 RSD
To book your place on the tour or for more information you can phone the office on 011/3651-803 (extension 130) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matches of FK Partizan including the eternal derby against Red Star rarely sell out which means you can usually acquire tickets on the day of the match.
Expect to pay around 300 RSD for a place behind the goals, Jug and Sever or aound 500 RSD for something in the side stands, Istok and Zapad.
For big European matches and even the derby prices can occasionally double although if you’re travelling from western Europe, prices will remain extremely favourable when you convert into your currency.
Partizan Stadium is located towards the south of the city centre approximately 4.0 km from Republic square, and 3.2 km from the main railway station.
The Central railway Station is the final stop of all International train services into the country including ones to Budapest, Sofia, Vienna and Zagreb.
As the main home of Serbian Railways there are numerous services which connected Belgrade, the capital city, to the rest of the country.
The bus stop named “Stadion Partizan” sits two minutes south west of the stadium along Bulevar kneza Aleksandra Karadjordjevica. It is served by trolleybuses 40 and 41.
For most football fans, Belgrade’s Tram System offers the easiest method of travelling to Partizan Stadium. Consisting of eight lines in total, you can catch trams 9, 10 and 14 to Trg Oslobodenja which is 800m east of Partizan’s ground.
The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:
- Stadion Partizana, Humska 1, Belgrade 11000, Serbia.
Whilst there is a medium sized car park to the east of the ground which is accessible from Humska it isn’t available to the general public on match days. Stick with the public transport!
Nikola Tesla Airport sits 18 km west of Belgrade city centre, and is used as the base for the national airline, Air Serbia. As the largest airport in the country there are numerous cheap flights around Europe, and in 2014 it was ranked as one of the fastest growing airports in the world.
Upon landing you can travel into Belgrade city centre by either taxing a taxi or one of the two main bus services. Bus #72 takes around 50 minutes, and Minibus A1 takes around 40 minutes with both services departing around twice an hour.
The two closest hotels to the stadium are either the Prestige Hotel 10 minutes west at the foot of Hyde Park or Crystal Hotel Belgrade which is located on the other side of the E-75.
The city centre is of course blessed with varied accommodation options including apartments to rent, hostels and hotels such as the Excelsior, Holiday Inn and Best Western.