The country has one stadium with a retractable roof in place. Second such structure might be added to current Wisła Kraków stadium as the southern city prepares its bid for 2022 Winter Olympics.
The IOC demands at least 10,000 capacity for male hockey and 6,000 for female indoor arenas. With Krakow’s new (still under construction) 15,000 hall being dedicated to figure skating and short track, the idea of using both municipal stadiums for hockey was raised.
The organizing committee for Krakow 2022 Winter Olympics envisages both stadia being completely covered. The smaller stadium of Cracovia would receive a temporary canvas cover, while bigger Wisła’s home should see a permanent sliding roof over the pitch.
The plan is an early one, but initial analysis by architects and engineers sees the plan as absolutely feasible. The Henryk Reyman Stadium consists of four independent stands, of which the smaller ones behind goals will be almost 15 years during the Olympics. It would be a great opportunity to improve the much criticized stadium and install its first retractable roof over those two stands.
We prepared a very prompt and unofficial rendering of what might be the outcome, taking into account that the new structure shouldn’t see major changes throughout the stadium, but only within the two end stands.