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Stadion Cukaricki

Belgrade, Serbia

Home of the FK Čukarički

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Stadion Cukaricki (map it)
Beogradskog bataljona 25
Belgrade, Serbia 11000
Serbia


FK Čukarički website

Stadion Cukaricki website

Year Opened: 1969

Capacity: 4,070

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Massive Strides Taken by the Hillmen

Stadion Čukarički is located on a large, steep hill called Banovom Brdu in the district of Čukarica in Belgrade, Serbia. It is pleasantly located adjacent to a forested park called Košutnjak.

FK Čukarički were formed in 1926 and spent many years in the amateur ranks. By 1971 they had reached the Yugoslav Second Division and 12 years later they climbed into the top division for the first time.

Since 2012 Čukarički have been owned by Dragan Obradović, a construction magnate, and heavy investment saw the club finish third in 2015 and gain a Europa League place. They beat Slovenian side NK Domžale in the first qualifying round but then succumbed to the Azerbaijani side SC Gabala.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    1

There is a bar in the corporate section of the grandstand but as there is no option to get a ticket upgrade this is only available to VIPs and guests.

There are no food or snacks for sale other than the Serbian staple of nut and seed sellers that climb up and down the stands selling their paper wraps of produce.

Many of the local bars serve Serbian beers like Jelen (current Super Liga sponsors), Lav or Zaječarsko.

Atmosphere    1

All the atmosphere at this game is created by the away fans. The home support is small in number and very quiet.

Stadion Čukarički was opened in 1969 and is also known as the Stadion na Banovom Brdu after the hill on which it sits. The venue has undergone massive improvement in recent years as the club have progressed rapidly. However, it is still a small two-sided venue. There is a small modern grandstand on one side of the pitch with corporate facilities. and open seating on the far side which gives way to a section of segregated terracing for visiting supporters. One end of the stadium is taken up with a domed indoor training facility.

The team line ups are read over the PA but no music is played and there is no other entertainment supplied before or during the games.

The grandstand is covered which makes it the preferred option however there are not many seats in it and your only option, depending on opposition, may be in the uncovered sector opposite.

Neighborhood    5

The stadium is a 20 minute or five mile bus ride from the city centre which will always be the preferred choice of visitors. The Čukarica area itself does have restaurants and eateries. It is a safe neighborhood located in the southwestern part of Belgrade.

To experience a typical Serbian kafana, try Restoran Klopka on Stanislava Sremčevića, where quite frankly preposterous amounts of meat can be consumed. A kafana will offer authentic Serb dishes accompanied by Serb music.

Closer to Slavija Square the more Western and Asian offerings at Absinthe are excellent. This can be found at Krajila Milutina 33, 11000 Beograd.

More upmarket is the Bohemian quarter of Skadarlija where you can find Tri Sesira, where the food is once again top notch.

The magnificent Kalemegdan Fortress marks the confluence of the mighty rivers Sava and Danube and has been fought over countless times since it was initially built in Celtic times. No visit to Belgrade is complete without a visit to this stunning place.

Also well worth a visit is the former Interior Ministry building on the junction of Kralija Milana and Kneza Milosa. This building was subject to a direct mortar strike during the Balkan War and the Serb government have left this incredible contorted carcass of building in situ as a monument to this horrific period of recent history.

If you are looking for a place to stay, then the modest Hotel Slavija in Slavija Square charges around $30 for a twin room. It does have a three star sister hotel, the Slavija Garni, directly opposite. The major advantage of this hotel is its location. The terminus for the airport transfer bus, the A1 (300 RSD), is right outside the hotel. Also as it is on the bustling Slavija Square, the busy shopping area of Kneza Mihailova is metres away and this in turn leads down to the magnificent Kalemegdan Castle.

Fans    1

Fans are very quiet, Čukarički is not a traditionally supported club and a lot of their support has turned up in recent years with the investment made in the club.

Most Čukarički matches attract between 1,000-2,000 supporters, which is roughly half of the stadium capacity.

Very quiet and sedate, a small ultras group called Brđani exists, but were not in evidence on this 2016 visit.

Access    3

Due to the modernisation of the venue it is very accessible and comfortable although in inclement weather the lack of cover on the far side is a concern.

Buses 55, 56, 87, 89, 511 and 56L all stop close to the stadion. Tram numbers 12 and 13 also stop in the area. Tickets from the city center for bus and tram should be no more than 150 RSD.

There is a small car park behind the domed training facility. Otherwise free street parking is available in the surrounding area.

Tickets are 500 RSD ($4) and will be lower for lesser opposition. Security checks are made after your ticket is scanned.

The grandstand sector is modern and has plenty of room around it and in the concourses. Excellent views from here as the roof is cantilevered. There are also plans to bring the stadium capacity up to 8,000 in the near future.

Return on Investment    4

With the ticket costing 500 RSD ($4) for a top level match in a comfortable seat the value for money is obvious.

There is no option for a VIP upgrade ticket.

Extras    1

No programmes are issued, not untypical in Serbia, but team sheets are available from the office and VIP areas.

Final Thoughts

While a relatively small and unimpressive venue, you do have to admire how the club have jumped from minnow status to locking horns in European competition.

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