The Rajko Mitić Stadium (previously known as the Red Star Stadium) is the home of Red Star Belgrade (Crvena zvezda), the only club in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia to win the European Cup in 1991. With a capacity of 53,000 the stadium is the largest in Serbia and is therefore predominantly used for the national team’s matches.
The stadium opened in 1963 on the site of the former Jugoslavija Stadium, a ground known as the venue of the match played by Manchester United against Red Star in 1958 before the Munich air disaster.
The new stadium opened on the 1st September 1963 with a Yugoslav First League match in which Red Star Belgrade defeated NK Rijeka 2-1. The stadium was fully completed with a capacity of 110,000, earning the nickname Marakana in relation to the famed Brazilian stadium.
Tenants: Red Star Belgrade (Serbian SuperLiga) & Serbia national football team
The 1973 European Cup Final was played at the Red Star Stadium, with Ajax defeating Juventus 1-0. Three years the stadium hosted two matches at the 1976 UEFA European Championship – the semi-final in which the hosts Yugoslavia lost 4-2 to West Germany and the Final in which Czechoslovakia beat West Germany on penalties, a match known for Antonin Panenka’s winning penalty.
The stadium has undergone much renovations over the years to improve safety, with the ground becoming an all-seater. The name was also changed in 2014 from Red Star Stadium to Rajko Mitić Stadium, in honour of the famed Red Star player and coach.
Tickets at Rajko Mitić Stadium/Red Star Stadium
Red Star Belgrade (Serbian SuperLiga): Apart from matches for the Eternal derby (Večiti derbi) against Partizan Belgrade, Red Star Belgrade matches rarely sell-out. Tickets are available to purchase online or at the stadium on the day of the match.
Serbia national football team: Tickets for Serbia international matches usually go on sale at the stadium a few days before the match. Prices for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match against Portugal in September 2019 for example ranged from 400 dinars to 1200 dinars. Tickets do also go on sale but the Football Association change the ticketing supplier they use, therefore you are best to check the official website for the latest news (in Serbian).
Location & Travel to Rajko Mitić Stadium/Red Star Stadium
The Rajko Mitić Stadium is located in the Dedinje neighbourhood of the Serbia capital Belgrade, approximately 3.5 kilometres south of the city centre.
Airport: Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Serbia, situated 18 kilometres west of Belgrade. There are a number of flights across Europe from the airport, being the hub of flag carrier Air Serbia and an operating base for low-cost Wizz Air.
From the airport you can reach the city using the A1 Mini bus to Slavija Square, which costs RSD 300. Alternatively public transport line 72 (Zeleni Venac) or 607 (New Belgrade) costs RSD89 (if purchased on the kiosk), RSD150 (if purchased on the bus) with a journey time of about 30 minutes.
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Bus: Bus lines 42 (Slavija- Petlovo Brdo), 59 (Slavija – Petlovo brdo) and 78 (Banjica 2 – Zemun) all stop outside the west stand, whilst lines 47 (Slavija – Resnik) and 48 (Pančevo bridge – Miljakovac 3) stop by the north stand.
Driving & Parking:
Tram: Tram numbers 9 (railway station), 10 (historic centre) and 14 (Tašmajdan Park) all run close to the stadium. Get off at Autokomanda stop, from which its about a 15 minute walk.
Trolleybus: Trolleybus 40 (Zvezdara – Banjica 2) and 41 (Studentski Trg – Banjica 2) stop outside the Dragiša Mišović hospital, approximately a 10 minute walk away.
Where to stay in Belgrade
Crvena zvezda FC museum
Although it doesn’t appear stadium tours of the Rajko Mitić Stadium are available, there is a museum dedicated to the history of Red Star Belgrade (Crvena zvezda FC). The museum is open weekdays from 9am to 4:30pm and Saturday’s 9am to 3pm, entry costing 200 rsd. Further information is available here.