Podgorica City Stadium or Stadion pod Goricom is the home ground of both the Montenegro national football team, and local First League side FK Budu?nost Podgorica.
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The first iteration of Podgorica City Stadium opened in 1945 at the end of the Second World War and was capable of accommodating 5,000 supporters. Previously FK Budu?nost Podgorica played their home matches at a nearby field, so you could imagine that the construction of the new stadium was a massive improvement at the time.
In 1952 Podgorica City Stadium had to be rebuilt from scratch when the original structure unfortunately burnt down. Perhaps a blessing in disguise, the second version of the ground was almost three times as large with a capacity of 17,000 and featured stands across each side of the pitch making it a “proper” stadium.
Renovation work on the stadium remained limited until dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1989. Afterwards Floodlights were installed, and the main stand was rebuilt as a fully-covered 6,000 capacity modern section of seating. It was later to joined by a new north stand, and opposite stand towards the east.
Between 2004 and 2006 Stadion pod Goricom was extensively renovated, resulting in the stadium’s current appearance. Both the north and south goal-ends were divided into upper and lower tiers with additional seating added to increase the capacity to around 3,000.
There are currently plans to increase the size of the east stand which is only capable of holding 1,000 supporters. This would theoretically increase Podgorica City Stadium to a capacity of around 18,000.
Below is a seating plan of Montenegro National Team's Podgorica City Stadium:
Podgorica City Stadium is comprised of four stands which each have their own unique feel to them: North, East, South and West:
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
When England played Montenegro a few years back one estimate put the ticket allocation at around 1,200. England’s away fans occupied pretty much the entirety of the south stand which is divided into an upper and lower tier.
As the stadium is located down town Podgorica the majority of pubs and restaurants are within a 10 minute radius of the ground which makes it ideal for football fans!
There is a small shop at the stadium which sells some merchandise of the Montenegro national team and FK Budu?nost Podgorica. Don’t expect too much though, and that includes refreshments once inside the ground!
It doesn’t appear as if stadium tours are available of Montenegro’s National Stadium as it’s arguably too small to be regarded as a legitimate tourist attraction.
Podgorica Stadium sits 1.9 km north of what Google defines as the city centre within the downtown area, on the eastern bank of the River Mora?a.
The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:
- Stadion pod Goricom, 19 Decembra bb, Podgorica, Montenegro
Located in a dense residential area, on site parking at Stadion Pod Goricom is essentially non existent.
The main and only railway station of the city is known as “Željezni?ka stanica Podgorica”. Constructed after the Second World War, Podgorica Railway Station is relatively small with only 3 platforms.
It forms part of the Belgrade–Bar, Podgorica–Shkodër, and Nikši?–Podgorica railways lines.
Airports and Flying
Podgorica Airport sits 15km south of the city centre and can be reached taxi or bus in approximately 15 minutes. Although there’s a Airport Train Station it is unpopular and less commonly used due to its located some 1.2 km away from the passenger terminal.
Located in Montenegro’s capital city, Podgorica Airport is the country’s main international airport and flight hub which all but guarantees a decent number of services to and from the city.
The two closest places to the stadium Hotel Ziya and Hotel Alexandar Lux are two of the most expensive places you will find in the city. You’re better advised looking around closer to King’s Park where is there is Hotel Kerber and Hotel Crna Gora.
Next to Podgorica Train Station you will also find Hotel Evropa, and Hotel Terminus which are affordable yet still fairly close to the night-life.