Stadion Miejski w Białymstoku (Stadion Jagiellonii Białystok) – until 2010
|1000 (Covered seats)|
|Clubs||Jagiellonia Białystok SSA|
|Last renovation year||2006|
|Nicknames||Sloneczna Stadium, Hetman Stadium|
|Renovations||1973, 2005, 2007|
|Record attendance||35 000 (Jagiellonia Bialystok - Widzew Lodz, 1987)|
|Address||ul. Słoneczna 1, Białystok|
Stadion Miejski w Białymstoku – historical stadium description
Construction of the stadium in Białystok's southern district of Noewe Miasto was approved back in 1962, but hasn't started until 1971. That year the stadium opened its doors for the first time, offering 16 rows of terracing based on artificial hills. With an athletic layout stands were able to hold some 15,000 people.
Already in 1973 the ground was expanded. Stands alongside the pitch received further rows, this time on concrete supports. Capacity was able to double with these works done.
With its vast size (among 10 biggest in Poland) the stadium was able to host Poland-Bulgaria international in 1988, while serving local side Gwardia, later renamed Hetman, who owned the stadium. Also, another local club, Jagiellonia, used the stadium in late 1980s.
With Hetman's position rapidly deteriorating, so was the state of the stadium. In 1990s it didn't meet requirements any more and Jagiellonia had to move their games elsewhere, while Hetman was struggling in the 3rd and 4th tiers of Polish football.
In 2005 Jagiellonia decided to invest in part of the stadium, reviving the east stand with new concrete and 5,000 seats. Similar facelift was soon given to the main grandstand as well, but with only 1,000 seats.
In 2006 the stadium became municipal property, allowing for the city to invest in further improvements. However, despite installing new floodlights, heated pitch and various other amendments decision was made to build a completely new stadium in this spot. Construction began in mid-2010 and the very last elements of the old ground were demolished in late 2013.
New stadium: Stadion Miejski w Białymstoku
Though it's hardly ready overall, we decided to add it to our database now, because no elements of its predecessor are in use any more. Meanwhile, Saturday saw Jagiellonia's first game with two new stands. The rest should follow within a year!
Poland: First phase of Białystok stadium approved
Long overdue, first two stands of the Białystok new stadium were approved by the construction supervision and will see first spectators on Sunday. Now preparation for second phase of the project begins.
Poland: First phase of Bialystok new stadium finally delivered
Two stands that were due for completion in February and then late June are finally finished. Once all delivery procedures are done, contractor should begin demolition of remaining stands and rebuilding them to match the new ones.
Poland: Third deadline not met in Białystok
Today two stands of the new Białystok municipal stadium were to be delivered to the public investors. However, Spanish contractors didn't manage to meet their third deadline already, Gazeta.pl reports.
Poland: Euro 2012 stadiums hardy full
As Polish Ekstraklasa season ended, a sad image of two Euro 2012 stadiums filled in just over 30%, while third one barely made it over 50%. But the situation still seems to be improving overall for Polish football.
Poland: Bialystok stadium further delayed
The municipality and Spanish contractors agreed for a later delivery date. First two stands of the new stadium are to be ready by the end of June, though they were due… last week. Gazeta.pl reports.
Poland: League authorities officially request better treatment of fans
In a statement published yesterday, Ekstraklasa SA informs it has officially addressed the parliamentary commission to change current legislation. Entering the stadium is more difficult nowadays than getting on an airplane.
Poland: Top clubs support safe standing and legal pyrotechnics
During last meeting of all 16 Ekstraklasa clubs on Monday, officials decided to support safe standing and legal pyrotechnics inside Polish stadiums. This unexpected step comes in response to police offensive after Euro 2012.
Poland: League season starts with a bang. No, sorry – with a ban
Complete ban on flags announced, possible nationwide ban on away games. Those are just a few of the growing number of restrictions, with two stadiums on the brink of being closed in just two days. All this after just two weekends of the season in the Euro 2012 host country. And without any hooliganism.
Poland: Work in Bialystok to restart in 3 days
Final countdown – or at least Jagiellonia supporters hope it to be that. It seems all obstacles have been overcome and work on the new 22,000-seater is to restart this week, Sport.pl announces.
Poznan: Court announces Hydrobudowa and PBG’s bankruptcy
District Court of Poznan proclaimed one of the largest stadium contractors in Poland bankrupt. Now Hydrobudowa and mother company PBG have over 18,000 liabilities to pay off – Polish press agency PAP informs.
Poland: Work to resume in Białystok
Construction of a 22,400-seat stadium in north-eastern Poland came to a stop last year. Now that new contractor has been chosen, the ground should be ready within 21 months – 90Minut.pl reveals.