The Bilino Polje Stadium (Stadion Bilino Polje) was built in 1972 within 8 months and is home to one of the most successful sides in Bosnia, NK Čelik Zenica. The stadium is also one the two primarily used by the Bosnian and Herzegovina international team, the other being Stadion Grbavica in Sarajevo.
The first official home match of Bosnia since they gained their independence was played at the stadium, a 0-0 draw against Albania in April 1996. The stadium became a fortress for the national team, going 10 years and 15 matches undefeated at the stadium before losing to Hungary in 2006.
Pre-independence, Yugoslavia had played two internationals at the Bilino Polje – a 1-0 loss to the Soviet Union in 1974 and a 1-0 win over Luxembourg in 1985. The Bosnian rugby union team have also used the stadium on occasion.
Tenants: NK Čelik Zenica
Tickets at Bilino Polje Stadium
NK Čelik Zenica – Tickets to see NK Čelik Zenica in the Bosnian Premier League are usually available to purchase on the day at the ground. Tickets range from 2 to 6 KM (1 to 3 EUR) per person.
Bosnia & Herzegovina International Football – Tickets for Bosnia and Herzegovina international matches are usually available to purchase at the offices of the Centrotours travel agency. They have an office in Zenica, which is located in Titova Street or in Sarajevo at Ferhadija Sarajevo. Prices are usually KM40/€20 for the best seats in the West Stand (Zapadna Tribina), KM30/€15 in the East Stand (Istočna Tribina) and KM20/€10 behind the goals in the South (Južna) and North (Sjeverna) Stands.
Location & Travel to Bilino Polje Stadium
Bilino Polje Stadium is located fairly central in the Bosnian city of Zenica, located about 70 kilometer’s north of the country’s capital of Sarajevo.
Air – There is no airport in Zenica, the closest being Sarajevo International Airport about 70km away to the south. The airport has few direct connections to the world, mainly flying to capitals in eastern Europe. However FlyBosnia did start a direct service to London Luton in 2019.
The easiest way of reaching Zenica is by taxi which will cost about 100 KM (about €50) and take just under an hour from the airport.
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Where to stay in Zenica
There are few hotels to stay in Zenica, the main two being Hotel Dubrovnik and Hotel Zenica.