The city's stadium plans are subject to national controversy and yet, before building the first stadium, Nowy Sącz has announced a second scheme, this time with two smaller stadia.
Even if you follow Polish football, you most likely haven't got a clue about Nowy Sącz. Local club Sandecja may have won promotion to the country's top flight, but they're yet to play a single game in Nowy Sącz itself.
Due to highly inadequate facilities at home, they play as co-hosts in Nieciecza, the 700-inhabitant village with a 4,666-seat stadium. Yes, very few people come to games. And yes, they really hate it there.
But back in Nowy Sącz things aren't looking too well. The city may have promised to build a brand new football stadium instead of the current one, but first design+build tender had to be cancelled due to too expensive offer from the only contenders (PLN 50 million was the budget, the offer reached 60 million). At present the city doesn't even have a design for a stadium that was initially expected to be under construction 5 months ago.
It's thus no wonder that some Sandecja supporters are expressing their dissatisfaction. Back in December a few hundred of them marched on the city hall demanding progress and serious treatment. They received none.
They may thus feel more frustrated about this latest piece of news: Nowy Sącz is planning to build two more stadiums and these two already have a design. New track and field stadiums in Nowy Sącz will be built on the ground of LKS Zawada, a south-city sports club.
The proposed complex will replace two current football fields. Both fields of place will be retained, though moved slightly compared to their initial location in order to fit two international-standard running tracks.
Northern field will still be the main one, with partly covered seating for 3,000 people on the west and east sides. It will also have four 52-meter floodlight masts, allowing the stadium to meet major IAAF requirements.
Just south of the secondary stadium a small hotel is planned for sportsment. The entire project is initially estimated to be worth PLN 20.5 million and is unlikely to be built without funding from external sources. Thankfully, the Polish Ministry of Sports and Tourism might participate up to 50% in such project.
If everything goes as planned, planning permission should be granted in 2019. Construction is likely to begin only after the football stadium is delivered.