Stadion im. Ludwika Sobolewskiego (Stadion Widzewa Łódź) – until 2014
|Last renovation year||2007|
|Renovations||1959-1960, 1975, 1985, 1996-2000, 2007|
|Address||ul. Piłsudskiego 138, 92-300 Lódź|
Stadion Widzewa – historical stadium description
This wasn’t Widzew’s first stadium and Widzew was not the first club to play here. How come? Initially the club was based roughly 1 km west, while this plot was occupied by sports facilities set up in 1928 for a different team, WiMa (Widzewska Manufaktura).
It wasn’t until after WWII that Widzew moved here, having fused with WiMa and choosing the less damaged sports complex to use. A decade later reconstruction was already underway, though only partial: club pavilion was built in the south-western part of the stadium. At that point there was still a running track in use.
Major change came in 1970s, when all stands were reconstructed. With running track removed, the landfill terracing was created much closer to the field and old wooden main grandstand was replaced by one built largely with concrete. This resulted in a decent capacity of 20,000 people. From March 1985 the stadium also had floodlight masts, transported from Piła in western Poland.
A decade later work was again in full swing and no wonder, Widzew won a spot in Champions League group stage, which resulted in first individual seats being installed in 1996. By 2000 the main stand was fully renovated and covered by one of Poland’s most modern cantilevered roofs, connected with the main club building.
Most vocal supporters have long been based in the south stand. Due to the scoreboard being placed there, it was commonly known as Zegar (Clock End) and saw decades of great support, with first fan club being established in early 1970s.
After conversion into all-seater mode the stadium could only seat 10,500 people (eventually even fewer) and its lifespan was at the end despite some efforts to extend it. It was thus closed in late 2014 and a brand new building replaced it.
New stadium: Grand (re)opening for Widzew
Today is the day that will go in history. Not just the history of 107-year-old Widzew, but that of Polish football as well. The new stadium in Łódź is ready for tonight’s opening game.
Poland: Second stadium in Łódź ready for handover
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Poland: Record-breaking season ticket sale in 4th league
They’re three months away from their first game in 2017 and already now Widzew Łódź broke their all-time high and are among Poland’s most magnetic clubs. 5,500 season tickets passed and growing.
New construction: Demolition begins in Lodz
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Poland: Not entirely worthy farewell in Lodz
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New design: New stadium for Widzew presented
One of Poland’s most famous clubs finally has the new stadium unveiled. Very cost-effective, but also much larger than the club’s current needs. Delivery is planned in just over 2 years from now.
Poland: Contractor selected for Widzew stadium
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Poland: Two projects (re)launched in Łódź and Zabrze
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Poland: Euro 2012 stadiums hardy full
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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: Double fiasco in Lodz
In early 2012 it seemed that Poland’s third largest city will be among very few ones to have two modern stadiums. Almost a year later Lodz not only isn’t closer to that dream, but actually seems a step back.
Poland: Lódź Project collapses before starting
This was to be Poland’s first public-private partnership to build a stadium. We now know it’s not happening as all three bidders withdrew their interest. Football club Widzew blames the city, city blames economy…
Poland: Top clubs support safe standing and legal pyrotechnics
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Poland: Tender for second stadium in Łódź to start in September
While first stadium’s construction started just two days ago, Łódź announced plans to start tender process for twice bigger one by the end of September. If everything goes as planned, the city will have two major football venues by 2015.