Sport and Recreation Center 'Svetice' Zagreb, Croatia

The recreational and professional users of the public SRC ‘Svetice’ in Zagreb oppose its demolition to give way to a commercial sports center.


SRC ‘Svetice’ is a public sport and recreation center located in the urban area of the Croatian capital Zagreb. The SRC disposes with swimming pool, athletics, tennis and football fields.

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Basic Data
NameSport and Recreation Center 'Svetice' Zagreb, Croatia
ProvinceZagreb Capital
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Urban development conflicts
Specific CommoditiesSport infrastructure
Project Details and Actors
Project Area (in hectares)6
Level of Investment (in USD)27,000,000
Type of PopulationUrban
Potential Affected Population4,000 users directly affected
Start Date2013
End Date2015
Company Names or State EnterprisesHrvatski nogometni savez (HNS) from Croatia - Beneficiary of the project
Relevant government actorsThe City of Zagreb
International and Financial InstitutionsThe Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) - Investor in the project
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) - Investor in the projec
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersLocal Citizens Initiatives ’’Ne damo ŠRC Svetice - ljudi ispred interesa i profita’’ and "Svetice za sve"; Political Party ‘Za Grad’; Sports professionals (tennis player Goran Ivanisevic)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingLocal government/political parties
Recreational users
Sports workers
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment of alternative proposals
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Health ImpactsPotential: Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors
Potential: Displacement, Increase in violence and crime, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusUnder construction
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCorruption
Development of AlternativesThe opponents of the projects proposed as an alternative to build the national football camp outside of Zagreb, as it was a practice in many other countries.
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.The design solution of the new sport center was selected in the public call in November 2014. Although announced for 2015, the construction work on SRC "Svetice" will start after the opening of the new swimming pool in May 2016.
Sources and Materials

Svetice ŠRC
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Uhićen zagrebački gradonačelnik Milan Bandić
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Za što se sve tereti Milan Bandić?
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Peticija protiv gradnje kampa nogometašima
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Svetice će dobiti atletsko-nogometni centar
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Predstavljeno rješenje za Svetice: "Kamp neće stajati niti kune Grad Zagreb"
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USKOK objavio za što tereti Milana Bandića
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HNS ne gradi kamp, to ne bi bilo rentabilno
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'Ne vidim nikakav problem u tome što ćemo na Sveticama graditi kamp'
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'Slučaj Svetica nova je privatizacija javnog prostora'
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Prosvjednici napali Šukera, on im odbrusio: 'Nisam ja kriv što svi igraju nogomet'
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Što se krije iza Šukerovih i Bandićevih blefova? Lebdi između redaka!
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Skupština bez zaključka o Sveticama
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Za pravi izgled kampa arhitekti će se pomučiti
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Slučaj "Svetice" u Skupštini
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'Ne vidim nikakv probem u tome što ćemo na Sveticama graditi kamp'
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Bandić: Radovi na SRC Svetice počet će u ožujku 2016., kad otvorimo bazen
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VELEBNI BAZEN U ZAGREBU: Kompleks Svetice – bazeni, saune, wellnes centar… – otvara vrata
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Bandić: 'Najesen kreće izgradnja sportskog centra na Sveticama'
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FOTOEKSKLUZIV: OVAKO ĆE IZGLEDATI NOGOMETNI KAMP HNS-a NA SVETICAMA Bandić se dogovorio s Kaptolom i projekt je krenuo
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VIDEO Dok Bandić obećava, a HNS čeka papirologiju, na Sveticama sport - pati
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Media Links

TV HRT 1 coverage from January 2014 (minute 39 to 43)
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Zagreb, 19.11.2014 - Predstavljanje rjesenja Hrvatskog atletsko-nogometnog centra Svetice
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Other Documents

Protest of recreational users 2 The recreational users saw the opportunity to express their view on the project during the HNS's visit to the SRC 'Svetice'
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Protest of recreational users 1 The users of the center obstructing the interview with Davor Šuker a famous Croatian ex-football player and president of HNS
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Meta Information
ContributorJovanka Spiric, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, vankajo(at)
Last update14/05/2016