Stadion im. Floriana Krygiera (Stadion Pogoni Szczecin)
|1,572 (Covered seats)|
|1,000 (Away section)|
|Clubs||Pogoń Szczecin SA|
|Other names||Papricana (nickname)|
|Renovations||1955, 1995, 2002, 2009-10, 2013|
|Record attendance||35,000 (Pogoń - Ruch Chorzów 2-2 and Pogoń - Widzew Łódź 0-1, 1983)|
|Address||ul. Karłowicza 28, Szczecin|
Description: Stadion Floriana Krygiera
The story of Szczecin's stadium dates back to WWI, when a defunct gravel plant was converted into a football field. In early 1920s construction of a proper stadium on the site began, resulting in the ground being opened in 1925.
Initially the stadium bore the name of Hugo Rühl, known popularizer of physical activity. Its landfill stands were able to hold 15,000 people in a track-and-field layout. Aside from the main stadium, a building with changing rooms, tennis courts and a playground were created. First team using the stadium was the Stettiner Turnverein.
Up until WWII the stadium hosted German football games. The war, as was common for stadiums, saw the military come in. Anti-aircraft arms were brought in and the stadium was partly demolished, only to see partial reconstruction in 1949, already as part of post-war Poland.
In 1955 it was transferred to KS Pogoń, now known as Pogoń Szczecin. That same year the very first floodlight masts were created, boasting 700 lux. Led by Florian Krygier, Pogoń managed to reach top tier of Polish football by 1958 and the very first home game in first division (against Gwardia Warszawa) drew supposedly up to 30,000 people.
In the following years the stadium not only hosted games of Pogoń but also was the site of Poland's internationals. In 1963 the Polish national team established a record for home win, defeating Norway 9:0, a result only beaten 46 years later during a game against San Marino. It was also a major athletics stadium in those days, hosting the Polish Championship in 1965.
In 1989, upon the fall of previous regime, it was transferred to the municipal subsidiary for sport, MOSRiR, allowing gradual renovation with tapxayer funding. In 1995 it was the very first stadium in Poland to become an all-seater with a significant number of 18,000 seats, a size not changed for over two decades later on. Even more, until 2007 the stadium was Poland's largest top tier venue.
In 2001 a new floodlighting system was fitted, making the stadium Poland's first to reach 2,300 lux. In 2002 construction of a roof above the south stand began. This was supposed to become first phase of complete coverage, however the plan never was implemented beyond just two sections.
In 2004 the stadium received Florian Krygier's name and the following year another record was beaten here, Maciej Żurawski scored the fastest goal for Poland's national team (32 seconds into the game). That record stood until 2009. Finally, in 2005 under-soil heating system was mounted, ending works until 2009.
The 2009-2010 changes saw redevelopment of the changing rooms and entry tunnel, while a VIP and press pavilion was added on top of the north side. All seats were then replaced with new ones in 2013. The building still sits in the very same basin it was created in, with the west end curved in naturally-sloped land, while north and south sides are also based on landfill. The east end remains open, which should change upon complete reconstruction planned for early 2020s.
The complex also includes training fields for youth players of Pogoń and there's a secondary stadium with 1,082 capacity, for the women's section. Up to 700 cars can be parked around the ground.
Due to its unique and irregular shape, the stadium is among Poland's most distinctive football venues, with quite a history itself. It's commonly referred to as Papricana, a mix between legendary Maracana and Szczecin's legendary food, paprykarz szczeciński (the Szczecin paprikash, a fish spread). Some use the name pejoratively, some as form of endearment.
Poland: Contract signed in Szczecin, demolition on Monday
After nearly two decades of waiting things are going with lightning speed! Friday – construction deal. Sunday – final game at the old stadium. Monday – demolition begins. What, in Szczecin???
Poland: Time to say goodbye, Papricana!
On March 10 one of the most legendary Polish stadia will see its final game. Afterwards demolition of two sides will commence, leaving tenants Pogoń with only one grandstand for 1.5 years.
Poland: Agreement reached, Szczecin stadium has green light
With over 21,000 seats it will become Poland's largest stadium project for upcoming years. The new home of Ekstraklasa's Pogoń Szczecin should be ready in just over 3 years.
Poland: Hyperinflation – the issue for Szczecin
In April it was 245 million, by June already 272m, then 285m and now the only offer filed in repeated tender is worth 364 million. It's hard to imagine that it was thought to be a 50-million project back in 2013.
New design: If only this was Szczecin's official concept...
Upon first seeing it we thought: impressive but surely much more expensive than the official stadium scheme for Szczecin. But when the official tender brought bids exceeding expectations by 93% (!!!), we take it back. This vision would have been better and not certainly more expensive.
Poland: Tender launched for Szczecin stadium
As announced, the construction tender for new 20,500-seat stadium and training academy is ready. However, the project's budget has grown once more, making it the most expensive stadium being planned in Poland at present.
Poland: Big changes in Stettin stadium design
Structurally it's almost the same. Visually, though? A completely different stadium! Reduced in capacity and more black, the new 20,500-seater in Stettin will go under construction later this year.
Poland: Safe standing just one step away
After two years we're finally just a step away from safe standing being legal in Poland. Supporters should expect the law to go into effect before year end!
Poland: Contracts signed, new details from Stettin
On Monday authorities signed contracts necessary to finish design works for the new Stettin stadium. We also know the time frame and budget, even if not too detailed yet.
Poland: Finally a happy ending in Stettin?
After many months of fierce conflict, now everyone’s on board to create the best possible stadium in Stettin. Larger than previously expected, the stadium should be presented soon.
Poland: Supporters design better law than the MPs
It’s not a joke, though we couldn’t believe it ourselves. Polish federation of football supporters announced their grassroots plan to amend current stadium safety legislation. In the best way possible.
New design: Opposition gaining ground in Stettin
What seemed to be a PR stunt at first, now is gaining momentum. Opposition against the municipal reconstruction plan for Stettin stadium has a new face: stadium identical to the one in Lodz.
Poland: Fate sealed for Stettin stadium?
Supporters oppose, the club draws a counter-vision. And yet the city of Stettin persist with their controversial redevelopment plan. No social consultation was conducted.
Poland: Better access to domestic football
President Andrzej Duda signed new legislation regarding stadium safety in Poland. Clubs and league operators are preparing to welcome new fans who may have been discouraged before.
Poland: Ekstraklasa season in a nutshell
Hardly the best year in terms of attendance, but Ekstraklasa continues to grow stadium-wise. Thankfully what’s falling most is the number of incidents.
Independent design: Splendid stadium for Stettin that won’t be…
Dynamic, modern and with future expansion envisaged from the start. But this impressive concept from Stettin isn’t official, which may frustrate Pogoń Szczecin supporters even more than their current situation…
New design: Stadion Floriana Krygiera
Stettin authorities announced the preferred concept for the redevelopment of existing Stadion Floriana Krygiera. With very limited budget, a modest vision was selected, leaving more elaborate ideas behind.
Poland: Stairways of contention
Before last weekend regional authorities in Poznan demanded that Lech fans clear stairways at their fanatic stand. Meanwhile after the weekend police in Stettin made numerous arrests only for that same behavior – blocking stairways. Why did this become a major life threat all of a sudden?
Poland: Euro 2012 stadiums hardy full
As Polish Ekstraklasa season ended, a sad image of two Euro 2012 stadiums filled in just over 30%, while third one barely made it over 50%. But the situation still seems to be improving overall for Polish football.
Poland: League authorities officially request better treatment of fans
In a statement published yesterday, Ekstraklasa SA informs it has officially addressed the parliamentary commission to change current legislation. Entering the stadium is more difficult nowadays than getting on an airplane.