Local and regional authorities are planning a thorough reconstruction of their current track and field venue. While they don’t have the money, the hope is that it would be delivered already in 2023.
While Lubin is primarily known for the major football stadium of Zagłębie, the town also has a multi-use venue. Currently it’s used mostly for training in athletics and football but the aspiration is for something more.
That’s why on Tuesday local and regional stakeholders met to sign a memorandum of understanding about delivery of a better stadium in the same location, albeit not much larger. Their goal is to deliver it as soon as 2023.
The memorandum was signed by the town of Lubin, the region of Lower Silesia, the Athletics Association of Lower Silesia and local sports championship school. While it’s surely encouraging, there’s one major gap within the plan: funding.
As of now, the memorandum provides no declaration of funding, which would (as is customary in Poland) come from taxpayer money. The town of Lubin and the Regional Sports Centre (RCS) are hoping to receive a state subsidy of as much as 70%, which would leave only 30% to be comfortably split between the town and region.
The main stadium of RCS in Lubin is to be rebuilt so that it meets Polish Athletics Association’s (PZLA) Category 3, enough to organise all domestic events. The running track will retain its 8 lanes but will be laid from scratch, just like throwing and jumping facilities.
Also the auditorium will be built anew, remaining on the west side. Instead of landfill, it will be based on reinforced concrete, hiding a training running track beneath, offering year-round conditions for training. The number of seats will grow from 1,100 previously to 1,800, this time all covered.