Stadion Ljudski vrt

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Last Updated: October 2, 2015

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Aerial view of Maribor stadium

Stadium Overview

Team: NK Maribor

Address: Mladinska ulica 29, 2000, Maribor, Slovenia

Capacity: 12,994

Opened: 1952

Stadion Ljudski Vrt has been NK Maribor’s home ground for every season since the club formed back on the 12th December 1960 with the exception of two small periods in 1961 and 2008 when renovation work was carried out. It is regarded as one of the premier stadiums in Slovenia.

Stadium Guide

History

First opened back in 1952, it was originally the home of local side Branik Moribor before they folded, and were essentially replaced by current residents NK Maribor’s in 1960.

Before being used as a sports stadium, the ground was used as a cemetery, and later as a public park hence the name Ljudski vrt which translates as “People’s Park” or Volksgarten in German.

Initially conceived as a multi-purpose athletics venue with banks of earth acting as natural stands, the first concrete terraces were added in 1958. Three years later the iconic main stand was added which housed changing room facilities, club offices and training gyms. With its distinctive concrete arch, it can almost be seen as a precursor to Udinese’s Stadio Friuli which opened in 1976.

The stadium remained relatively untouched until the early 1990s when Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia. Converted to all-seating in 1998, the ground underwent renovation after NK Maribor became the first Slovenian team to qualify for the Champions League during the 1999/2000 season.

It wasn’t until 2006 that the current form of the stadium would be achieved with three new stands built over a two year period. Constructed on top of the troublesome athletics track, the redevelopment work cost an estimated 10 million euros, and has largely been seen as a tremendous success.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of NK Maribor’s Stadion Ljudski Vrt:

Seating plan of NK Maribor's stadium

Stands

Ljudski vrt stadium is comprised of a horseshoe which stretches across three sides of the pitch, and a separate main stand to the west:

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand

The Matchday Experience

Away Fans

Away fans are usually housed within the north-west corner of the ground within seating sections A and B. Travelling supporters should enter via Gate F where there is an outdoor concourse area which is separated from the home fans.

When Wigan Athletic played NK Maribor in the Europa League during the 2013/2014 season, the club were allocated 652 tickets which appears to be the maximum away ticket allocation.

Viole Ultras group NK Maribor

Stadion Ljudski vrt is a colourful site on matchdays thanks to NK Maribor’s traditional colours of purple and yellow.

Best Pubs

Most football fans tend to congregate around Castle Square which is no more than a fifteen minute walk away from the stadium.

Food

There’s the usual range of fast-food options available from kiosk around the ground on matchday.

Club Shop

Fans can purchase official merchandise online from the NK Maribor Shop as well as the various sellers dotted around the stadium on matchdays.

Stadium Tour

There aren’t any stadium tours available of Stadion Ljudski vrt, however if this changes in the future we’ll endeavour to update this section.

Ticket Information

Tickets to see NK Maribor play at home can be purchased from the various ticket offices on the day of the match. Usually open for around 90 minutes before kick-off, there are two sales points in front of both the north (Sever) and south (Jug) stands.

Ticket Prices

  • North, East and West Stands: €10.00
  • South Stand: €6.00
  • Children under 15: €5.00

Matchday Travel

Stadion Ljudski vrt sits on the northern bank of the River Drava, approximately 1.0 km north of down town Maribor which is the second largest city in Slovenia.

Exterior of east stand at Stadion Ljudski vrt

No matter where you are in the city NK Maribor’s ground is no more than 25 minute walk away. More than likely it will take you 15 assuming you’re coming from a central location.

Driving

The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:

  • Mladinska ulica 29, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia

Car Parks

There aren’t any parking spaces currently available at Stadion Ljudski vrt although there are reportedly plans to construct an underground parking garage in the future.

Train

Maribor Railway Station is centrally located within the city, less than 10 minutes east of Ljudski vrt. First opened in 1844, you can travel to both Vienna and Zagreb in 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Maribor Station sign

The main platform at Maribor Railway Station.

Airports and Flying

The city’s main airport, Maribor Edvard Rusjan, is located just over 11 km south of the city centre. As the second largest airport in Slovenia there are plenty of International flight carriers which operate out of here including Adria, Aegean and Freebird Airlines.

Hotels

The city centre might well contain numerous accommodation options however a quick search only throws up the Grand Hotel Ocean and Hotel City Maribor as being within five minutes walking distance to the stadium.

South of the river Drava there are a few more options such as Tabor, Hotel Bajt, and Hotel Betnava – all of which are around a 30 minutes walk.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: October 2, 2015

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