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.
As workers are gathering around the dilapidating stadium of ŁKS football club to tear it down piece by piece, Łódź president Hanna Zdanowska just today announces that within the next 4 weeks another tender process will start.
According to her information, preparations for the tender are in their final stage and should end within days. As this will be Poland’s first large ground to be built in public-private partnership (PPP), expectations are high, just as fears and uncertainty surrounding it.
New stadium for Widzew Łódź is to be built in the place of current venue, just like in the ŁKS case. But while ŁKS stadium is entirely financed by the municipality, Widzew one will only have the main stand built by Łódź authorities. Their private partner (company connected to the football club) is to finance remaining three stands. Altogether, the ground is to hold over 33,000 people, double the size of 16,000 ŁKS venue.
Construction of the stadium should start in 2013 and end in 2015. Complete cost of the structure should be just under 330 million zloty (or €79 million).