Stadion Z'dežele

Stadion Z'dežele is a football stadium in Celje, Slovenia. It is the home ground of NK Celje since 2003. Prior July 2017, the stadium was named Arena Petrol.[2]

Stadion Z'dežele
Former namesArena Petrol
LocationLower Hudinja
Celje, Slovenia
Coordinates46°14′48″N 15°16′12″E
Record attendance10,055 (SloveniaNorway, 3 September 2005)[1]
Field size105 × 68 metres
Broke ground1999[1]
Built2003, completed in 2008
Opened9 September 2003[1]
Construction cost16,5 million[1]
ArchitectBojan Purg, Dragan Stevovič, Reichenberg architects[1]
General contractorCM Celje[1]
Celje (2003–present)
Šampion Celje (2011–2014)
Slovenia national football team

At the time of its opening, Arena Petrol was the most modern football stadium in the country.[3] It took its name from its principal sponsor, the Slovenian oil company Petrol. The stadium opened on 9 September 2003 with its single stand giving it a capacity of 3,600.[1] During the next years three additional stands were built until the stadium was completed in 2008 with the capacity of 13,059 seats; 7,000 of which are covered.[1] The pitch in the stadium is 105 metres long and 68 metres wide and covered with natural grass. The stadium also features a pitch heating system and floodlighting.

In 2004, the stadium replaced the Bežigrad Stadium as the venue for all competitive home matches of the Slovenian national football team. In 2003 it replaced the former stadium of Celje, Skalna Klet, which now serves as a training facility for members of the first team.


  • Main stand (3,600 seats)[1]
  • West stand (4,850 seats)[1]
  • North stand (3,000 seats)[1]
  • South stand (1,500 seats)[1]

National team matches

Date Competition Country Result Attendance
31 March 2004Friendly Latvia 0–1 2,300
4 September 20042006 FIFA World Cup Q Moldova 3–0 4,000
9 October 20042006 FIFA World Cup Q Italy 1–0 9,250
9 February 2005Friendly Czech Republic0–3 4,000
26 March 2005Friendly Germany0–1 9,200
30 March 20052006 FIFA World Cup Q Belarus1–1 8,000
3 September 20052006 FIFA World Cup Q Norway2–3 10,055
12 October 20052006 FIFA World Cup Q Scotland0–3 9,000
31 May 2006Friendly Trinidad and Tobago3–1 2,500
15 August 2006Friendly Israel1–1 3,000
7 October 2006UEFA Euro 2008 Q Luxembourg2–0 3,000
28 March 2007UEFA Euro 2008 Q Netherlands0–1 9,520
2 June 2007UEFA Euro 2008 Q Romania1–2 8,000
12 September 2007UEFA Euro 2008 Q Belarus1–0 4,000
13 October 2007UEFA Euro 2008 Q Albania0–0 4,000
21 November 2007UEFA Euro 2008 Q Bulgaria0–2 3,600
19 November 2013Friendly Canada1–0 2,500

See also


  1. "Stadion Z'dežele" (in Slovenian). NK Celje official website. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  2. "Celjski stadion z novim imenom, odslej bo Arena Z'dežele" (in Slovenian). Ekipa. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  3. "Nogometni stadion Arena Petrol" (in Slovenian). 2007. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.