Podkarpackie Centrum Lekkiej Atletyki
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Podkarpackie Centrum Lekkiej Atletyki – design description
The idea of a new regional athletics centre at the Resovia grounds was brought up in 2010, resulting in the first concept being drawn in 2011. The plan foresees retaining the historical main stand, while replacing very low landfill on other sides with very substantial new auditorium.
Based on reinforced concrete, the new structures will offer vast training facilities beneath the seats. Training running track, indoor sports halls and numerous locker rooms are to be created, ensuring the stadium can also serve its purpose during winter. In warm weather the 7-lane main running track will be used, while Resovia's footballers will also enjoy a new, heated field.
Initial plan was to achieve a rather impressive (and unwaranted on a regular basis) capacity of 16,000 seats. Update from 2020 brought significant changes. On the one hand it includes a roof over majority of the seats, on the other – the capacity has been scaled down to 9,500.
Initial hopes were that a private investor would cover the cost of the entire project, in exchange for a permit for skyscrapers and a shopping centre. However, that plan fell through. Eventually, a three-side public investment was agreed, shared by the city, region and ministry of sports.
At the end of December 2022, on the occasion of the tender for the design and construction of the stadium, another concept, slightly different from the previous ones, was presented. According to the new plans, the capacity of the venue will be less than 8,000 spectators. The stadium should be ready in 2025.
Under the new vision, the main stand is to be more integrated with the rest of the stands, which will be of equal height and will be completely covered. One of the arches, facing Wyspiańskiego Street, will be replaced by an auditorium that can be used, for example, for cultural events.
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