It dates back to 1928 and is among very few existing stadiums of that era in German architecture. Now Polish authorities need to revamp the historical Olympic Stadium in Wroclaw.
It was built as one of many great sports complexes across Germany in 1920s. Its architect won the Olympic bronze medal in 1932 and the Olympic Stadium in Wroclaw is truly remarkable in architectural terms. However, located in Poland since WWII, it’s been in desperate need of a revamp for years.
Opportunity came recently as Wroclaw was awarded the organization of 2017 World Games. The tournament includes disciplines that will require using the Olympic Stadium (primarily speedway), which forced the long-awaited revamp.
However, changes to the monument-listed Olimpijski are to be carried out in a respectful manner, keeping its most valuable elements intact. The brick elevation dating back to 1928 will be revitalized, while sloped east stand and both curves will be retained altogether.
Largest change comes to the west, where a brand new grandstand will be built. Much closer to the track/field and much higher than the remainder, this new section will include 300 VIP and 1,300 corporate seats on concrete prefabs, all covered with a membrane roof.
As part of the scheme four tall masts dominating eastern Wroclaw’s skyline will be torn down. Instead, floodlights will be located under the roof (west side) and on 8 masts directly along the speedway track (east). This change means that people occupying the east side will meet highly obstructed views.
Demolition works began in Feb 2015 and the entire redevelopment is expected to last until early 2017, before Wroclaw hosts the World Games. Capacity will decrease significantly, falling from 20,000 to 11,000, much below the initial size of 35,000.