- Address: Maribor
- Country: Slovenia
- Capacity: 12,000
- Opened: 12 July 1952
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: NK Maribor (football)
Extra stadium info – Stadion Ljudski vrt
The stadium became one of the venues used by the national football team of Slovenia. They played their first-ever FIFA World Cup game in 2002. Slovenia lost the match against Spain in the Korean city of Gwangju. They finished below Spain, Paraguay and South Africa in the group stage of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The national football team of Slovenia won their first FIFA World Cup match in 2010 after beating Algeria in South Africa. Robert Koren scored the only goal of the game. He played professional football in Slovenia, Norway, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Football club NK Maribor
MK Maribor use the stadium named Stadion Ljudski vrt for home games. The club was founded in 1960. It became the first sports club from Slovenia with 100,000 followers on its main social media page. NK Maribor won the top-flight football league of Slovenia numerous times. In 1997, they were crowned Slovenian football champions for the first time in their history. NK Maribor gathered 71 points in 36 matches during that league season. They won 21 of the 36 games. Eight games ended in a draw and seven games ended in a loss.
NK Maribor in the UEFA Champions League
In 1999, NK Maribor became the first football club from Slovenia in the UEFA Champions League. They won their first-ever UEFA Champions League match. NK Maribor won the game against Dynamo Kyiv after Ante Šimundža, who was born in Maribor, scored the only goal of the game. They finished below the Italian side Lazio, the Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv and the German side Bayer Leverkusen in the group stage of the European championship for football clubs. NK Maribor gathered four points in the six group stage matches.