Polish Stadiums for Euro 2012

There will be four stadiums in use in Poland for the Euro 2012 championships. These are in the cities of Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan, and Wroclaw.

National Stadium, Warsaw-population 1.7 million-address-1 Zieleniecka Street, Warsaw

This stadium will hold 56,000 spectators. Construction began in 2008 and it’s scheduled to be completed in May of 2011. It will have a grass playing surface and the construction costs are expected to reach about € 300 million. Gerkan, Marg and Partners are the architects with Schlaich Bergermann and Partner acting as the structural engineer. The stadium is known as Stadion Narodowy in Polish and is being built on the site of the former Stadion Dziesięciolecia.

The National Stadium will host the opening game of the tournament along with two other group games, a quarterfinal match and a semi final game. After the tournament is over, it’s believed that the Legia Warszawa and Polonia Warszawa soccer clubs might use the stadium for some games and it will also be the home of the Polish national team.

The stadium will include a 20,000-seat indoor sports arena, a 4,000-seat Olympic swimming pool, a hotel, an aquatic park, and a conference centre. There will also be service and catering facilities. After the stadium’s completed, the Warsaw Stadium railway station will be given a facelift and there will be an underground station opened there. This will link the ground with the city centre. The Polish national government will own the stadium.

The PGE Arena, Gdańsk – population-456,000-address- 28 Uczniowska Street, 80 – 530 Gdańsk

The PGE Arena in the city of Gdańsk will have a grass playing field that’s 105 metres long by 68 metres wide and will be able to hold 44,000 spectators. RKW Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky is the architect. The stadium will be used for three Euro 2012 group matches as well as a quarterfinal game. The stadium will also be the home of local club Lechia Gdansk.

Construction on the PGE Arena started in 2008 and is due to be finished by July of 2011. The grandstands will be covered, but the centre section that hovers mover the pitch won’t be. Officials considered installing a retractable roof, but the idea was scrapped because of time and costs. There will be 1,500 VIP seats in the grandstand and 50 seats for disabled fans. There is also going to be 48 luxury suites.

The original name of the stadium was going to be the Baltic Arena, but the Polish Energy Group (PGE) bought the rights to the name for about 8.5 million euros in 2009. They deal gave the company naming rights for five years. The rights were sold by the city of Gdansk to help cover some of the building costs.

Municipal Stadium, Poznan-population 557,000-address- 5/7 Bułgarska, Poznan

This ground is known as Stadion Miejski in Polish and was opened in 1980. It’s the home field of the Lech Poznan soccer club and is located in the south-western area of the city in the Grunwald district. The stadium was basically reconstructed, starting in 2003 and was completed in 2010. It has a capacity for 43,090 spectators and will host three group matched in Euro 2012. It’s the largest club pitch in the country with fully-covered stands.

Municipal (City) Stadium, Wroclaw-population 638,000-address- 4/7 Śląska Street, Wroclaw

This is known as the Stadion Miejski in Polish and the stadium’s expected to be completed by July of 2011. Construction began in 2009. It has a grass-surfaced pitch and will be able to hold about 43,000 spectators. The stadium is owned by the city of Wrocław and the pitch is 105 metres long by 68 metres wide. JSK Architekci is the architect and the stadium will be the home field of local club Slask Wrocław.

The stadium has a promenade that surrounds it and its easily accessible by public transportation. There is a large VIP area, luxury suites, a meeting place, business club, a communications centre, medical rooms, and police offices. There are also seats for disabled spectators and their helpers. The stadium is located by the Sleza River and there’s a nearby complex with a casino, museum, and fitness centre.

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